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. 


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.

Faroe stamp with still from Nils Malmros' film Barbara, set in the Faroe Islands. Issued by Postverk Føroya - Philatelic Office (public domain)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Nils Malmros (b. 1944)

Danish director Nils Malmros is known for his authentic depictions of the immediate environment of especially children and young adults. His aptitude for capturing the precise tone of language and physical surroundings according to his own recollection is noteworthy.

Carl Th. Dreyer, Danish filmmaker, circa 1915. Photo: Peter Newland (Public domain)

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968)

Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer is world-famous for his films on passion and compassion. Emphatic depictions of religion and especially women’s destiny in societies ruled by men run throughout his work. Meanwhile, a special form of realism, in which minor facial expressions are more important than larger spatial movements, inspires philosophical…

Heyerdahl directed archaeological excavations in a variety of places including Easter Island and Azerbaijan. Photo: Kon-Tiki Museum (CC BY 3.0)

2019.03.20 | Biography, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Education

Thor Heyerdahl (1916-2002)

The Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl was internationally renowned for leading expeditions across vast oceans in rudimentary vessels.

Finnish author Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins, here portrayed wearing a flower crown, 1967. Photo by Per Olov Jansson (CC BY 3.0)

2019.03.20 | Biography, Joachim Mickwitz, Pietari Kaapa, Literature

Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

Writing in Swedish, the Finnish writer-illustrator Tove Jansson is most famous for her creation of the mythical creatures The Moomins.

The Nordic countries have been exceptionally receptive to mobile telecommunications. Photo: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash.

2019.03.19 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Mobile phones in the Nordic countries: historical overview

The Nordic mobile telephone network Nordisk MobilTelefoni (NMT) opened in 1981 quickly becoming the world’s largest until the early 2000s when it was superseded by the digital GSM network. Unlike the original Nordic telecommunications companies which were state-owned, mobile providers remain private. Since the turn of the century and certainly…

Janteloven written on a plaque at Aksel Sandemoses childhood home in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark. Photo: Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

2019.03.19 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Jantelov

Jantelov or the Law of Jante refers to a disdainful attitude to extraordinary achievements and is often mockingly used to exemplify unflattering aspects of the alleged Nordic trait of placing the value of equality above all else.

Two unknown women in the Norwegian national dress, the 'bunad' in 1930. Photo: Europeana.eu. Prestkværn, Håkon. Domkirkeodden / Public Domain.

2019.03.19 | The Quick Read, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Folk costumes in the Nordics today

The use of folk costumes is widespread in, for example, Åland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Sami areas and their social importance varies, although is particularly significant in Norway.

Jo Nesbø at The Helsinki Book Fair 2005. Photo: Anneli Salo (CC BY-SA 3.0).

2019.03.18 | Biography, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Literature

Jo Nesbø (b. 1960)

Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø is well known in- and outside the Nordic region for his many books on crime, some of which have been adapted for film.

Portait of Einojuhani Rautavaara. Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

2019.03.18 | Biography, Kyle Frackman, The arts

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016)

Einojuhani Rautavaara is one of the best-known Finnish composers of the twentieth century. Perhaps most famous globally for his Seventh Symphony, the Angel of Light, he made use of many different musical styles and techniques in a variety of genres, and was not afraid to go against musical trends in composition.

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