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...

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...

I’m thrilled to be joining Scandinavia On My Mind today to share my Top 5 Nordic Noir reads. Over on Crime by the Book, I’m constantly on the hunt for the next great Scandinavian crime title to devour – and you can always keep up with my reads with my Nordic Noir reading list. But for now, let’s get to my Top 5. Of...

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...

The northern end of Helsinki’s Tennis Palace will brighten dramatically when Charles Sandison’s installation Language Is Dead fills the expanse of the building’s arched façade. The installation consists of a moving mass of words projected onto the surface of the wall. Produced by HAM Helsinki Art Museum, the temporary...

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...

A few years ago we used the term ‘Scandi crime’ to describe crime fiction and TV drama from Scandinavia, but this has now largely been abandoned in favour of the snappier-sounding term Nordic Noir. Perhaps the notion of Nordic Noir is so difficult to pin down, because, like the concept of ‘hygge’, ‘noir’ is a feeling,...

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...

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...