Scandinavian Review

Magazine covers all aspects of life in contemporary Scandinavia emphasizing art and design, industrial development, business, political, economic, and social issues.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 2, Autumn

A Tale of Two Countries: The Finnish-Estonian Rapprochement
John O'Brien, an English travel writer, has the distinction of publishing the first post-Soviet travel guide to Estonia in English. Brought out in 1993, just as Russian forces were finally - and belatedly - evacuating the former Estonian Soviet Socialist...
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Copenhagen's Horizon of High Design: Further Additions
Denmark's reputation for architectural excellence has been heightened recently with the opening in its capital city (in November 1998) of such remarkable new buildings as the extension to the Statens Museum for Kunst (its National Gallery). This fall...
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Good Manners a Short Story
Throughout his writing career, which began in the 1970s, Ole Hyltoft's message has been that of the redeeming power of love and human compassion in an otherwise corrupt world. "Good Manners" is taken from one of Ole Hyltoft's major works, the collection...
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Hans Christian Andersen: The Storyteller as Social Critic
In the minds of most readers, the works of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) are not associated with social criticism. And yet, Andersen was acutely aware of the inequities of Danish society, having experienced most of them first-hand, and throughout...
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Iceland's Power Game
The most sparsely populated country in Europe is incubating an energy revolution. Within 20 years, Iceland aims to be the first country in the world to cut its links with fossil fuels and create a "hydrogen economy" based on its most abundant resource:...
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Oslo's New Airport Takes off after Turbulent First Year
It's been billed as the new "gateway to Norway," but for many people using Norway's new main airport at Gardermoen north of Oslo, that gateway has at times seemed firmly shut. The first year of operations at what's officially called "Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen"...
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Queen Margrethe II: Denmark's Monarch for a Modern Age
Margrethe II -"Daisy" to family and friends- has an impressive way about her. The 59- year- old Queen has a highlysophisticated sense of humor and an affection for baroque situations. Long ago she developed a natural confidence, which did not originally...
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Sweden's Armed Forces in the New Millennium
On the threshold of the new millennium, Sweden is in the throes of a significant evolution of the neutrality which governed her foreign and security policies in the de the of the Cold War. The international framework which fostered Swedish neutrality...
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The Kalevala Yet Again
The Kalevala is the Finnish national epic, a compilation of folk verses dealing with the extraordinary deeds of three semi-divine brothers of gigantic stature. They were conceived by the primitive Finns as having their abode in Kaleva, a mythical land...
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Wet and Windy Politics: The Faroe Island in the 1990s
A good map of Europe reveals a cluster of islands in the North Atlantic some 200 miles north of the Shetlands and 300 miles southeast of Iceland. The eighteen islands are home to 45,000 hardy souls, whose forebears settled these islands, primarily from...
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