Imagining Norden - branding and Nordic reputation

Perceptions of the Nordics abound, from the reputation of the Nordic welfare state to that of interior design. Content on this page seeks to examine the construction and deconstruction of the different 'brands' of the region; why, when, where and how the region, its individual countries, its way of life, what it produces etc are branded. New articles are added regularly. 


Finnish theater director Vivica Bandler pictured in Huvilakatu, Helsinki, Finland, July 1997. Photo: MM (CC BY-SA 4.0).

2019.03.31 | Biography, Joachim Mickwitz, Pietari Kaapa, The arts

Vivica Bandler (1917-2004)

Finnish theatre director Vivica Bandler’s work reflects her innovative and candid directorial style.

3XN, AC Hotel Bella Sky (2011), Ørestad in Copenhagen, Denmark. A powerful expressive work with two inclined and faceted towers connected by a sky bridge. Photo: Krysta Mae Dimick

2019.03.27 | The Quick Read, William C Miller, Architecture & design

Prominent 21st century architecture in Denmark

Booming Danish 21st century architecture includes harbour swimming pools, housing, civic buildings and event houses, with neo-modernist design playing a significant role.

Opel bus from the 1984 children's show Ude på noget (Up to something), directed by Anette Tony Hansen and Ulla Rabel, from a script by Søren-Kragh Jacobsen and Niels Lund. Photo: Christian Giersing [CC BY-SA 4.0]

2019.03.23 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen (b. 1947)

Danish director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s films often take children’s point of view in depictions of authentic, historical drama. He has contributed to many successful Danish TV series.

Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg at the 2010 Berlinale. Photo: Siebbi (CC BY 3.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Thomas Vinterberg (b. 1969)

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is best known for his domestic and international breakthrough with the first ‘Dogme 95’ film, Festen (The Celebration, 1998). Later films include Submarino (2018) and Jagten (The Hunt, 2012).

Ib Schønberg in 1954. Unknown photographer (CC BY-SA 4.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Ib Schønberg (1902-1955)

Popular Danish actor Ib Schønberg played a rich variety of characters, from frivolous to more profound roles.

Danish film director Lone Scherfig at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Gordon Correll (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Lone Scherfig (b. 1959)

Danish director Lone Scherfig went on to international acclaim following her breakthrough with the Dogme 95 film Italian for Beginners.

Poul Reumert and Asta Nielsen in The Abyss (1910). Photo: Urban Gad (Public domain)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Poul Reumert (1883-1968)

Poul Reumert was a famous Danish theatre actor who also appeared in silent movies such as Afgrunden (The Abyss, 1910) opposite Asta Nielsen.

The cover of a Poul Reichhardt biography by Carsten Borch. The subtitle translates to 'Folksy - and entirely his own man'. Photo: Carsten Borch (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Poul Reichhardt (1913-1985)

Throughout his longstanding career, Danish actor Poul Reichhardt had broad appeal with his good looks, smooth singing voice, and comic talent.

Danish comedian and actor Dirch Passer with "Order of the Dannebrog" on his chest, 1974. Photo: Claus Poulsen (CC BY-SA 3.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Dirch Passer (1926-1980)

Danish comedic actor Dirch Passer became hugely popular for his slapstick humour and play with words.

Danish stress Ghita Nørby on October 10, 2010. Photo: Mogens Engelund (CC BY-SA 3.0)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Ghita Nørby (b. 1935)

The prolific Danish theatre and film actress Ghita Nørby is famous both for her lighter roles in film and theatre as a young actress and for her psychological character portraits in later years.

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