It’s early evening in California and the sun is still shining. Nine hours away, the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is also enjoying its summer where the midnight sun burns relentlessly. For Reykjavik-born actor Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, the two are both worlds away. Since leaving Iceland to study acting at college, both...

Sometimes it’s easy to think of Scandinavia as a utopia but it pays to remember that the region’s Indigenous people, the Saami, have suffered many of the same cruelties and injustices as other countries. Australiam film maker, Janet Merewether, shone a spotlight on this in her latest documentary, Reindeer In My Saami...

It’s been almost three years since the third – and final – series of The Killing (Forbrydelsen) hit the TV screens, but the passing of time has not diminished the world’s interest in Sarah Lund et al. The good news for those who’ve started to exhaust their DVDs is that the characters also live on the printed...

Anyone who remembers adolescence as the best years of their life is a liar, and anyone in need of proof why needs only to watch Sparrows to understand that, put simply, being a teenager really sucks. Sparrows (Þrestir), the latest film by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson is a meditation on growing up (or refusing...

New Zealander Melanie Dower always planned to move to a different country. She just didn’t expect to find herself on the other side of the world in Helsinki. After 11 years in Sydney, Australia, Melanie’s husband was offered a job in Finland so they packed up and set about creating a new life for themselves. If...

Australian in Iceland Jonathan Duffy aka Jono is taking both Scandinavia and the world by storm with his comedy. On the back of his work at Eurovision, Jono is now penning a memoir about a life less ordinary. He recently took some time out to talk and make us laugh. You started acting at eight years old. Were you a...

I first fell in love with Sweden when I came here in 1996 for the first time and in 2012 decided that I had one more move left in me before settling down. The one thing that I have learned in Sweden is that no matter how much you think you know about this country there is always some beautiful part waiting to be...

After 18 years in Scandinavia, there is much to love about Life In Finland blogger Carmen Pekkarinen’s new home. The tax system “WHAT?!” you ask … Yes, we pay very high taxes in Finland, but the taxation system itself is completely electronic and provided you give the information the authorities need regarding your income...