Nordic education, culture and media:

Nordic culture, education and media

As well as content on culture, education and media, you will also find articles on art, literature, belief systems and public policy. Phenomena as diverse as Nordic noir, new Nordic cuisine and Nordic design have achieved global recognition more recently, as Nordic literature and architecture have done historically. Culture is taken in its broadest sense, including for example political culture and that of belief systems, such as the Lutheran church. Content about all these issues and more will be found on this page. 


Two Norwegian 'hytter' during the summer months. Photo: Colourbox.com/Evannovostro

2019.03.26 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Second homes in the Nordics

Second homes are used as holiday and weekend getaways in the Nordic countries by many people, not just the elite, probably due to widespread prosperity and an abundance of space.

The SIPRI Year Book is the main publication of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It is published every year accounting for armaments, military spending and conflicts internationally. Photo: Courtesy of SIPRI.

2019.03.26 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Education

Peace studies in the Nordics

A number of peace research institutes emerged in the Nordics from around 1960. They were initially seen as politically radical and interdisciplinary with a focus on the applied rather than the academic side of peace studies. Since them, they have become more part of the establishment, advising governments and producing staff skilled in peace…

'Smoking forbidden' sign in Swedish. Public areas where people can smoke freely have been on the retreat since the 1980s. Photo: Colourbox.com/Giovanni

2019.03.25 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Smoking in the Nordic countries

Even before Norway banned smoking in public arenas in 2004 and the other Nordic countries followed suit, the percentage of the population who smoke has been diminishing and continues to do so, although Swedish snuff (snus) can be chosen as an alternative.

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.

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