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. 85, No. 1, Spring/Summer

Balestrand: Between the Mountains and the Sea
An Artistic Heritage Nineteenth-century national romantic painters are believed to have been the first to pictorially introduce the grandeur of Norway's fjords to the outside world. In the Sognefjord village of Balestrand, which some of these artists...
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Dream Rivers: An Angler's Trilogy
Do you dream about catching fish?" It seems like a strangely occult question coming from a Minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, but then, for one week every July, Gudni Olafsson is not only a spiritual guide to his 1400 parishioners along the...
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Finland's Cottage Culture
There is an old saying in Finland: "If one is happy, one must be silent." This helps explain why, when the rest of Europe heads for sea or ski resorts, Finns holiday in contemplative solitude, preferably by a lake. A quarter of the population owns a...
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Fishing for Trouble in the High Seas
Iceland has traditionally been an archetypal "coastal state," in the sense that the economy is overwhelmingly dependent upon the rich fishing grounds off the Icelandic coast. For centuries Icelanders have tried to defend their fishing resources from...
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Idyllic Pleasures of the Great Outdoors
Nordic people are fortunate to live in some of Europe's most beautiful areas, surrounded by dramatic scenery that changes from mountain to sea, fjord to forest, and all five capitals are cities of the sea. Iceland, with its glaciers, occasional volcanic...
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Kolonihaven: A Showcase for Eclecticism
Denmark's New Outdoor Museum for Architecture nspired by Denmark's delightful kolonihavehus (garden colony house), 13 internationally renowned architects have created cottages of their own design for Kolonihaven, Denmark's new and first architectural...
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Nature Transformed: Ceramic Art of Incomparable Beauty
The Rorstrand Porcelain Factory in Stockholm, Sweden, has produced distinguished ceramic products for almost three centuries. These include a wide variety of tableware, as well as industrial porcelain, tiled stoves, and ceramic art objects. Founded in...
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New Options for Nordic Foreign Policies
For more than forty years, Scandinavian foreign policies shivered in the glacial grip of the Cold War. Despite occasional "thaws" in East-West relations, it was not until the 1986 Reykjavik summit between Gorbachev and Reagan that "new thinking" led...
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On the Trail of Erik the Red
Plying the Waters Anyone with a passion for Vikings will know of Erik the Red, but the land he settled over 1000 years ago may be less familiar. Greenland, named by Erik himself-not for its lush shrubbery but because, as the saga goes, he thought more...
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Riitta Uosukainen, Finland's Irrepressible Speaker
Last autumn, the Finnish Speaker of Parliament dropped a bomb shell. In a book of speeches and fictional letters, Rta I Uosukainen included barbed attacks on other politicians as well as a torrid love letter to her husband. In the fuss that followed,...
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Scandinavia's Latest Business Innovations: A Follow-Up
Smaller countries must create and commercialize many clever ideas in order to compete within the global economy. The creation and exploitation of niche market innovations ahead of other nations is one of the key ways that Scandinavia has collectively...
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The Danish Biker Wars
It began in March, 1996, in Kastrup Airport near Copenhagen..On most days, Kastrup is a place of quiet bustle and well-ordered lines, cheerful family reunions and excited vacationers. Newly renovated and bright, the airport has none of the intimidating...
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The House That Carl Bildt
You may have seen him on CNN or BBC over the last years, that tall blonde High Representative from the European Union to Bosnia. From the gilded halls of policy making in Europe he has been talking to the world on behalf of personal friends like Helmut...
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The Trimming of the Nordic Welfare State
he daily crop of headlines in the Nordic newspapers makes it clear that the Nordic welfare state is not working as smoothly and uncontroversially as it once was. "Losers smart for the Swedish cure;" "Income gap is widening;" "No confidence in government's...
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The Vadstena Academy: A Musical Treasure
Strolling along the shore of Vattern, Sweden's second largest lake, on a warm summer day, breathing in the aroma of the welltended lawns in the shade of lofty birches, it is easy to understand why the late medieval town of Vadstena is considered by many...
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VikingLandet: Quest for the Past
A Nordic Theme Park It's good we didn't have lunch before the boat ride, otherwise we might have lost our mead," says Ragnar Hansen, a tow-haired 14year-old Oslo youth, discussing his Viking boat ride at VikingLandet, Norway's unique interactive museum...
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