Back in 2011, a seemingly ordinary Greenlandic man by the name of Erik Olsen became something of an internet sensation. In an interview with Metropolis TV, Erik spoke about the struggles of being openly gay in the country’s capital city, Nuuk (population 17,000). “It’s difficult for me to find a boyfriend here,” he...

It’s the time of year when daylight is growing scarce in Scandinavia, but as one door closes another opens. In this case, a door in the sky which lets through a dazzling display of ethereal, elusive light that has enchanted the world for centuries. Every year the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights draws thousands...

It’s easy enough for most adolescents to feel like a fish out of water at the best of times. But in Iceland, a uniquely solitary country almost equal distance from both London and New York, the sense of isolation and remoteness is arguably stronger than most places in the world. Boys on film: the young lads of...

Often short but rarely sweet, the works of Swedish film-maker, David Färdmar’s has resonated with audiences – especially those in the LGBTI community – around the world. David recently took some time out to reflect on his remarkable career in film with us. Your short film, My Name Is Love, found its way to 70...

Four years on and Australia’s love affair with Scandinavia shows no signs of slowing down. Next month, the annual Scandinavian Film Festival returns. We spoke to director, Elysia Zeccola, who gives us a taste of what audiences can expect. How has the Scandinavian Film Festival grown since it first began in...

Sometimes art does more than just imitate life, it also predicts it. While not as prophetic as Brave New World or other science fiction, Swedish drama, Blue Eyes, is a harrowing and completely unsettling 10-part series about the rise of right wing extremists in Stockholm as a general election looms closer. At the...

Anyone who’s been to Helsinki’s Kamppi Metro Station recently would have noticed a radical transformation in the form of ROAR27, an installation by Finnish street artist, Jussi TwoSeven. Produced in collaboration with Make Your Mark Gallery, the piece consists of a painting resembling the head of a bear and a...

Swedish actor Jakob Hultcrantz Hansson has made a considerably name for himself with his regular roles in crime TV shows. Most notable of all is his latest role in Midnight Sun, an eight-part crime series about a series of grisly murders taking place in Sweden’s remote north. Here, Jakob plays the tough-as-nails...

It’s no secret that Sweden loves pop music. From ABBA to Ace of Base, the Nordic capital has been responsible for creating some of the catchiest tunes of all time. Rewind to 1998 where Tania Doko and James Roche, the dynamic duo behind Australian pop band, Bachelor Girl, are dominating the airwaves with ‘Buses and...

Maxida Märak is someone who’s difficult to ignore. As an artist, she is uncompromising and has done much to expose the injustices and struggles of Sweden’s indigenous population. So much so that her activism informed the hit Nordic Noir series, Midnight Sun. But she’s not finished yet. Maxida very kindly took some time...