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. 89, No. 1, Summer

Bergen: Hub of the Hansa
The Hansa Ever since the Vikings ventured down the fjords in their longships a thousand years ago, this city on Norway's west coast has been an important trading center. For a while in the 13th century Bergen was also the country's capital, and by the...
Iceland, Land of Contrasts: A Personal View
The author, who hails from Scotland, first visited Iceland four years ago. She has since relocated to Reykjavik, from which she writes for international publications. Dubbing Iceland, her "Patchwork Island," she endeavors to explain the country's special...
"Living History" in Medieval Visby
It was only our first morning on the Swedish island of Gotland, but our seven-year-old son Evan was already breathless with excitement. He had previously taken an overnight ferry from the mainland, sipped tea under the skylight alcove of a medieval street,...
Roskilde Cathedral, Marvel of the North
It seems logical that a traveler would visit a nation's capital city to find its greatest cathedral - St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Notre-Dame in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, for example. Yet Denmark's most interesting cathedral is not to be found...
The Beat of a Different Drummer
The American musician Peter Kates had been traveling to Norway on and off since 1989, filling in as principal percussionist for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Meanwhile, the management looked for a more suitable player - preferably Norwegian - to...
War and Peace: Lessons from the 20th Century: The Hoirup Inaugural Lecture
The Mogens and Karin Hoirup Lectures are intended to focus on topics related to conflict resolution, moral courage, tolerance, human rights, and world peace. Sponsored by the Kulin Family Fund, the annual lecture series is named in honor of Mrs. Kulin's...