I am standing on the most dangerous street in Copenhagen and I’ve never felt safer. Istegade, a one kilometre-long street just north of Copenhagen Central Station has long been notorious and continues to be defined by its indelibly rough past. Porn shops, prostitutes and migrants are the words commonly associated with...

Icelandic-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter, Hera, has swapped one island for another. The prolific artist recently took some time out to talk with us about her work, and why it’s the water that inspires her most. You were born in Iceland, how did you end up in New Zealand? I grew up in Iceland, both in...

With a population of just 323,000 it can be easy to see Iceland as quaint, but the Scandinavian country is a world away from Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Yet it was their creator, Agatha Christie, who had such an effect on one Icelandic teenager, Ragnar Jonasson, that he went on to write his own best-selling murder...

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...

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been busy making her way around Scandinavia, with her trademark polka dots adding even more colour to Helsinki. Two temporary exhibitions, Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees in Esplanadi park and a thousand mirror-surfaced steel spheres, Narcissus Garden in the Winter Garden were...