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...

There is a widely held belief by locals and travellers alike that Helsinki is – above all else – far from a tourist’s paradise. Just what to do when visiting Finland’s capital is a question that stumps many holidaymakers. Sure, the city is well-connected by ferries to Sweden, Estonia and Russia; and if you plan to...

When he turned 20, Jeremy Corallo had a realisation: he wanted to be an actor. Leaving behind his hometown and old life in Marseille for the bright lights of Paris, he enrolled in an acting course at the Cours Florent School of Theatre and soon gained parts in several French TV series. But Jeremy’s big break came when...

It says a lot about Iceland as a country that giving books on Christmas Eve is a long-held tradition. With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of recommended reading for anyone wanting to read more by Icelandic writers. Like any list, this one is neither definitive nor complete, (where are the...

When Hildur Sif Thorarensen was getting ready to move from Iceland to Norway she didn’t realise just how much her life was about to change. The 32-year-old had always wanted to live in Norway, and a course in medicine at Oslo University have her the opportunity she’d long been looking for. “I feel like I’m in Iceland...

It is 11 p.m. and all of Trondheim is awash with light. Not the man-made light of electricity that powers up the streets for the safety of motorists, but a sea of honey unleashed from the sky. On what was an otherwise drab summer day with only the most cursory sprinkling of blue amongst clouds and greyness, this scene...

If pop-culture is to be believed, Iceland – and indeed much of Scandinavia – must have more murderers than anywhere else in the world. Adding to Nordic noir’s already venerable reputation this year’s worldwide release of Icelandic drama, Trapped (Ófærð), further cemented Scandinavia as the hot-spot for crime...