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. 3, Winter

A New Swedish Model: Safe, Clean Food
In Sweden, public consciousness about the connection between animal and human health in the food chain was rudely awakened as early as 1953. A salmonella epidemic thought to have originated in a slaughterhouse killed almost 100 people. Shocked, the authorities...
August Strindberg: Still in the Middle of the Battle
The Swedish dramatist and novelist, August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a master of the Swedish language and an innovator in literary styles [who] cannot be classified in any one school; he was by turns a naturalist, an iconoclast, and a mystic, but his...
A United Front: The New Scandinavian Embassy Complex in Berlin
To celebrate German reunification and to give the new capital city a sense of the world's hope for its future, the five Scandinavian countries together reached an extraordinary diplomatic agreement: to build new embassies collectively in Berlin, once...
Danish Scientist Lene Vestergaard Hau: Putting the Brakes on Light
Her is boyishly cropped, her clothes are casual, and while riding her bike around Cape Cod she could pass as a college freshman. But Dr. Lene Vestergaard Hau is no freshman. A teacher at Harvard University and an accomplished experimenter, she has gained...
Early Autobiographical Writing
Hans Christian Andersen, poet, novelist and writer of fairy tales, was barn in Denmark in 1805. After his father's death and his mother's remarriage, he left his home in Odense at the age of 14 to seek his fortune in Copenhagen. Soon thereafter his remarkable...
Finland at the Polls: A New President, a New Presidency
Finnish voters spent the first weeks of the year 2000 selecting a new president. On January 16, there were seven candidates on the ballot. None of them gained a majority of the votes, thus triggering a run-off on February 6 between the top two finishers:...
Finland's Quiet Revolution, 1989-1999
Finland's transformation over the past ten years has been more radical than that of any other Western state. The country's foreign policy has changed a full 180 degrees. The economy has moved from the pulp and paper industry to mobile phones. Swedish-speaking...
Finnish Composer Kaija Saariaho: Uncovering Beauty in Ordinary Noise
It is a sultry, sticky afternoon, but in the quiet corner of the trendy Third District of Paris where the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho makes her home, her thoughts drift toward snow, the sea and lofty ideas: natural, perhaps, for a daughter of the...
Healthy Norwegians?
The news is that Norwegians are among the healthiest people in Europe. According to the recently published 98/99 Eurostat Yearbook, they smoke and drink less than people in other European countries, have excellent maternal and child health figures, a...
Norwegian Immigrants in the Great Port City
Norwegian immigrant life in New York is the subject of an upcoming historical exhibition at The Ellis Island Immigrant Museum titled, Norwegians in New York 1825-2000, Builders of City, Community, and Culture. Their story began in 1825 with the arrival...
Sami Reindeer-Herders Today: Image or Reality?
The Sami-the Lapps-of northernmost Europe are a contemporary anomaly. As the only indigenous, non-Indo-European, Fourth-World people living within Europe, they represent a curiosity at home. [The Sami are like the poorest of Third World populations found...
The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066
The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066 by Kelly DeVries Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press, 1999 322 pages. Introduction. Maps. Bibliography. Index. Cloth. $60 The 11th century was a time of turbulent warfare, largely because political ascension could...
Vikings Arrive in America-Again!
The discovery of the New World by Leif Eriksson one thousand years ago will be celebrated this year when Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga opens at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History on April 29, 2000. Eight years after the...