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. 91, No. 2, Autumn

An Artist Falls in Love with Iceland
WHY DO SOME OF US ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK and suddenly feel at home? It doesn't make any sense. The artist Westman, who is as much a New Yorker as this writer, fell in love with Iceland. So much so that Iceland changed her art.From her Boston-based, extremely...
Halonen at the Helm
Tarja Halonen, the first woman to be elected president of Finland, is steadily gaining in popularity and support among her countrymen. The American-Scandinavian Foundation extends her a warm welcome as guest of honor at its 2003 Annual Gala and Dinner...
Intimate Music on a Grand Scale
In just 13 years-to a great extent through the efforts and presence of world-renowned pianist Leif Ove Andsnes-Norway's Risor Chamber Music Festival has secured its reputation as one of the finest musical events of its kind.ACCORDING TO A CLICHE as dear...
Killing Them in Europe
Sweden's Henning Mankell has hit a nerve on the Continent with his Kurt Wallander mysteries. Why has he managed to sell more books than any contemporary novelist outside the United States?WE ALL KNOW WHY WE READ MYSTERY STORIESprecisely because they...
Skagen: A Tale of a Beach
Originally a remote, somewhat forbidding, fishing outpost, it became a treasured artists' colony that gave rise to a whole new school of painting. Today this Danish community is primarily a popular vacation spot."The history of Skagen is a history of...
The Finnish Phenomenon
How did Finland scale the heights of the classsical music firmament in mere decades? The answer: Lots of raw talent, some smart planning, a big investment in culture and a hearty dose of sisu ("guts").IF YOU THINK THAT Nokia cellphones, Finlandia vodka,...