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. 84, No. 3, Winter

Bjarne Riis and the Emergence of Danish Cyclists
Denmark enjoyed a prominent spot on the map of international cycling in the summer of 1996. Danish professional cyclists such as Bjarne Riis and Rolf Sorensen had long competed with moderate success at the top levels. Riis had even finished in third...
Denmark and the U.S.: Changing Perceptions
The Atlantic shores are drifting apart, politically as well as culturally. This, at least, is a rather widespread assumption among political observers and scholars on both sides of the Ocean. Explanations for this process are readily available. With...
Facing the Future: Young Scandinavian Royalty
In a century where classlessness, functionalism and utilitarianism have been glorified, and in a Europe where Scandinavia epitomizes the modern, egalitarian, welfare state, how can monarchies have survived in Denmark, Sweden and Norway? The answer lies...
Frost Letter (from Spring Tide, 1984)
Dearest Last night the frost came and this morning snow from the southeast it fell so quietly almost unnoticeably as only the year's first snow can drift down suddenly white and it made us speak in voices turned toward each other in a different way with...
Goran Persson, Sweden's Forceful New Head of Government
Sweden has a prime minister who did not want to become prime minister. Goran Persson's response to questioners was NO, NO, NO. He could not imagine becoming prime minister and chairman of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. This was something neither...
Helsinki of the Czars: A Cultural History 1808-1918
Helsinki of the Czars: A Cultural History 1808-1918 by George C. Schoolfield Columbia, SC: Camden House, Inc., 1995 308 pages. Illustrated. Glossary. Selected Bibliography. Cloth. $55 The author is a noted literary historian and former member of ASF's...
Inventive and in Demand: Swedish Glass Design
Well designed and carefully crafted works in glass have become one of the most recognizable and sought-after products of Swedish design. Since World War II, Orrefors Kosta Boda and number of other specialty glass makers have earned Sweden a worldwide...
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Iceland's New President
When Olafur Ragnar Grimsson took office as the fifth president of Iceland this summer one of his first official duties was to award the Knight's Cross, one of Iceland's highest honors. The recipient was rear admiral Stanley W. Bryant, Commander Iceland...
Scandinavia's Latest Business Innovations: A Round-Up
Fanfare for Sweden's Newest Car Maker Alongside the usual fare of new kettles, phones and desk lamps on show at the European Designer Fair this year in Maastricht, a small town close to the Dutch-German border, a picture of a beautiful green sportscar...
The ASF Seventeenth Annual Translation Prize
Since 1980 the Foundation has offered an annual prize to encourage translation of Scandinavian literary works into English. The prize now carries an honorarium of $2000 to accompany the winner's engraved bronze medallion, and the scope of the competition...
The Dynamics of Glass in the Land of Ice and Fire
Iceland's Stained Glass Supremo For the last 25 years of so, the field of Icelandic stained glass has been dominated by a single artist, an unassuming and soft spoken gentleman named Leifur Breidfjord, whose huge pentagonal screens, suspended in the...
Up and Coming: Scandinavian Performing Artists on the American Scene
In New York, artists can also be normal people," says Finnish-born dancer and choreographer Oona Haaranen, unlike in Scandinavia where the artistic circles are so small that artists easily appear "different." Maybe for that reason, many creative performers...
Viikki Science Park: Helsinki's Green Valley
From Medieval Farm to Science Park Ecology and the green life style, starting from consumer attitudes, seem nowadays to be an answer as well to many urban problems. The fact the economic growth has its limits and that our present way of life is not sustainable...