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. 86, No. 1, Spring

Blast Off: Norway's Andoya Rocket Range
An Arctic Cape Canaveral Located two degrees north of the Arctic Circle on Andoya island, the tip of a configuration known as Vesteralen and the Lofoten islands,the Andoya Rocket Range is the world's northernmost rocket launch facility for peaceful purposes....
Denmark's Bakken: Fun Fair in the Deer Park
The Hill In the silence of ancient trees and dappled shadow and sunlight, a spring splashed clear, fresh water. Copenhagen to the south was drawing its drinking water from the moats, and the stagnant water was causing disease and death. In 1583, a young...
Emerging from the Senses: Per Norgard, Danish Modernist Composer
n Odense last summer the annual Musikhost Festival celebrated the oeuvre of Denmark's leading composer, Per Norgard. As the central figure of Danish modern music, Norgard is a curious tinkerer whose personal sense of wonder permeates the whole of his...
Getting Wet: Iceland's Hottest Spots
Imagine how those Vikings must have felt when they arrived on the shores of Iceland. After weeks of sailing and rowing their longships through the icy waters of the north Atlantic, salt spray and wind stinging their faces and arms, they finally arrived...
In the Wake of the Vikings: Adventure on the Sea
The south of Norway is blessed with warm summers, stave churches and a rich cultural heritage. Here are found the burial sites of great Viking kings and their legendary long boats. Yet it was to the sparsely settled north that I felt drawn, up beyond...
Marshall M. Fredericks: A Monumental Passion for Life
Marshall M. Fredericks, the world-renowned artist and humanitarian of Danish and Norwegian heritage, passed away on April 4 at the age of 90. Though he lived and worked in the American Midwest for most of his life, he maintained a strong connection to...
New Trends in Nordic Transport
AII around Scandinavia, the region is vibrating to the sound of jackhammers and drills as new and exciting developments in transport get off the ground. Size isn't everything-except when it comes to cruise liners. Just when a blockbuster film about the...
Norway's "White Swan": Cruising Lake Mjosa
For over 1,000 years Lake Mjosa was the most important inland trade route in Norway. In the 1820s, over two hundred sailboats carried freight up and down the 75-mile stretch of water in south central Norway. Steam power was introduced in the mid-1800s...
On the Path of Jean Sibelius
An American scholar who wants to pursue historical research in Finland has some decided disadvantages. The most obvious are those posed by the nation's two official languages to anyone who is not a native speaker. More subtle are the various cultural...
Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Land Reclamation in Iceland
In Iceland reforestation efforts of nearly a century are restoring woodlands that were depleted by over a thousand years of neglect. Organizations such as the Iceland Forestry Association (established in 1930), the Iceland Forestry Service and the Icelandic...
Stockholm-Cultural Capital of Europe 1998
To anyone who knows Sweden, it comes as no surprise that Stockholm's year as the 14th "Cultural Capital of Europe" is among the most celebrated events in Swedish history, making it the number one spot to visit in Europe in 1998. Swedes have welcomed...
Stopover: Aland Islands
It's hard to keep things straight in Aland, a hybrid scattering of 6,500 islands deposited between Finland and Sweden. Aland was once part of Sweden, then a Russian Grand Duchy and is now an autonomous province of Finland. Swedish is the official language,...
Striking Sparks for Creativity: Icelanders at Haystack
It was a very exciting moment for the Icelandic crafts community," observed the art historian Adalsteinn Ingolfsson, one of Iceland's foremost writers and lecturers on the visual arts and crafts. The moment in question was the 1985 exposition of American...
The Finnish Economic Depression of the 1990s: Causes, Consequences and Cure
Following World War II and the payment of massive reparations in physical goods and commodities to the former Soviet Union, Finland was transformed from an agrarian society to a modern technologically advanced economy. The 1980s were characterized by...
Updated and Renovated: Two Helsinki Museums
How does a new museum made mostly of metal and glass fit into central Helsinki? How has a century-old school there been updated to display modern crafts and industrial design? Starting this spring, you can find out for yourself. The Museum of Contemporary...