There was a time when it looked like the curtains had all but closed on Helsinki’s art-house cinemas. One by one, the independents that were loved and revered by film buffs and culture vultures began to shut their doors. Not even the historic Maxim was safe. It seemed inevitable that the popcorn-munching multiplexes...

Magnus Meyer has something most of us will never get. The 21-year-old lives in Aarhus, the second-largest city in the happiest country in the world. Out of all the 45 joyous cities that make up Denmark, Aarhus is the happiest of happy, making it onto Reader’s Digest’s top four list. According to the Reader’s Digest...

There’s a farm in Iceland that could be any farm in Iceland: snow-capped fjords, an endless expanse of land that only shrinks away any sign of human life, and of course, sheep. The only difference here is that the wire fence separating one farm from another may as well be the Berlin Wall for all the distance between...

Oslo is such a tired city. My first thoughts upon arriving in the Norwegian capital were merely an echo of what I had already been told by many other Norwegians, Europeans and travellers alike. It’s easy – and almost forgivable – to see why. For a country characterised by its majestic fjords, magical skies and...

“It gets so hard, just to be okay/ Sometimes being happy, baby/ Is what I’m most afraid of” Bikini Kill *** Is it really so difficult to smile? Unless you’re in, say, Milan, where the law makes it illegal not to walk around in public grinning like a Cheshire Cat, most of us would certainly rather be beaming than...

Australian writer, Hannah Kent, who put Iceland on the shelves of readers around the world with her debut novel, Burial Rites, is releasing a new book in October this year. Set in Ireland, 1825, The Good People also focuses on an outsider: a young boy, Michael, who cannot walk or speak and is rumoured to be a...

A musical about the life of Touko Laaksonen, the artist best known by his famous signature Tom of Finland, will premiere in Turku City Theatre in January 2017. The show will be a part of the official program of events that celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. The homoerotic drawings created by...

Tivoli has unveiled the first images of its new three-in-one tower ride opening in April 2016.  The new Fatamorgana ride is based on the HUSS factory’s Condor 2G. Tivoli’s in-house designers have added on a kiddie ride at the base of Fatamorgana in the shape of mini bumper cars. Older children and adults ascend the...