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United Kingdom: North by Northwest

  I love the United Kingdom. It’s certainly notable for its artistic and cultural significance and I’d be hard pressed to identify a region whose works, from music to film to literary, have inspired and affected me more. Yet, for the most part, England (and its hub, London) receives most of the attention. Which encouraged […]

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A Nordic Farewell

  Hello folks. Thank you for accompanying me in this exploration of Nordic art and culture. Along the way, I’ve discovered heaps of amazing works and met some truly talented and inspiring people. With this, I bid farewell to my coverage of this region, and leave you with a song by a new Swedish trio, […]

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Nordic Sirens

  The folklore of sirens and their beautiful voices have existed for millennia. While they are better known via their Greek counterparts, Nordic mythology offers its own versions as well. As the stories go, some dwell in the forest and others live out at sea. I present a selection of remarkable young women, with the […]

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Scandi Music: Snap Crackle Pop

  I love pop music. Now hold the sneers, eye rolls and groans. Please hear me out. Pop has a terrible reputation, with the connotation that its fans have bad taste or no discernment. In many ways, this is deserved due to the too many seasons of competition tv shows and formulaic top 40 music […]

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For Your Consideration: Scandinavian Submissions

  Each year, countries around the world are invited to submit an official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. I present three official submissions—from Denmark, Norway, and Finland—for the 2013 Oscars.   DENMARK – A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere) ‘A Royal Affair’ is decidedly sumptuous. It may be […]

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Malmö Culture: The EthniCity Project

  Jens Lennartsson is on a mission. He’s weaving together a story. The plot is a compilation of many lives. The central theme is Malmö. As human beings, storytelling is our exclusive medium. A rich and beautiful one at that. What’s amazing is it isn’t limited to one art form. Our tales are imparted through […]

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Hygge and Happy New Year

  Hygge is a Danish word with no English equivalent The term describes a feeling of genuine pleasure with friends and family—also referred to as the “art of creating intimacy.” Hygge isn’t quantifiable, but rather, an intangible quality. The mood derived from meaningful connection. This is a wonderful word, for few things top an intimate […]

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Malmö Music: Solander

   The band is heading into the forest, when I ring them up for their interview. Now, I reckon forests might be a dime a dozen in Southern Sweden, where Solander is based, and this is really no big deal. However, I live in an urban sprawl, so it sounds utterly amazing to me. Enchanting […]

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Malmö Menswear: SVENSSON

  SVENSSON is an evolution, to say the least. The brand existed in various forms over the years, until it eventually morphed into its present incarnation as a menswear line and retail shop, based in Malmö, Sweden. I met with Mariano Leone and Therese Lilja on a recent afternoon, expecting to talk about clothes and […]

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Spotlight: Malmö, Sweden

  Malmö, Sweden gets a bum rap. I admit, I only learned of this city earlier this year, when by coincidence, several things from Malmö caught my eye. When different sources lead me to one place, I pay attention to the link. In this way, I discovered a Scandinavian city to turn my focus. Others […]

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Nordic Noisemakers

  Few things make me happier than than listening to music. And to discover something new, that is good, is a wondrous thrill indeed. In accordance with the spotlight du jour, I share five new bands from the Nordic region who caught my attention and stood out from the rest.   Indians Indians is the […]

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Nordic Countries (part 2): Much is Afoot

  Scandinavia’s explosion into mass culture seems inescapable of late. The Dragon Tattoo trilogy swept the world with its books and films. The Skarsgårds, the whole brood of them, are all over film and television. A copy of Edward Munch’s The Scream just sold for a whopping 120 million dollars. Even electronic dance music, which […]

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Norse Projects

  Somebody tell me, what’s going on over in Norway? These folks have been making some fantastic films. Thanks for making your way across the pond. Scandinavian or otherwise, these following three are amongst my favorites of late.   Headhunters (Hodejegerne) As the name suggests, Roger is a headhunter. He lives the high life with […]

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Scandinavia: 5 Electronic Artists

  Scandinavia has quite the foothold in electronic music, particularly in the dance music scene of recent years. Though the region is well known for the big room sound presently dominating clubs and festivals, there are quite a few DJs and producers who are doing things a bit differently. I admit I’ve always been a […]

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Nordic Countries (part 1): Introduction

  Scandinavia. I imagine colorful villages, lush mountains and an ever-expansive sky. While I’m at it, I’d like to throw in some fjords as well. While I know there is much more to this part of the world than my picturesque image, it is without a doubt, majestic in its beauty. With such a powerful […]

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