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. 


2020.12.15 | Podcast, Sally Salminen, The arts

Podcast: Is Daddy coming home for Christmas?

Listen to a short story by Sally Salminen in either English or Danish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til en historie af Sally Salminen på engelsk eller dansk! Denne podcast er del af en serie af…

History can be many things. Even the most well-established works of history are written with a certain focus, disregarding some narratives while highlighting others. The same goes for TV productions, museum exhibitions, and all the many other ways in which history is used. Photo: Colourbox.

2020.12.10 | Outlook, Niels Kayser Nielsen, Media, Culture, Aarhus University

Uses of Nordic history

The 'use of history' is the term used to denote a combination of selecting, emphasising and overlooking people, events and epochs taken from history. These aspects are to be found in the pool of historical knowledge that we share and are usually identified with the intention of promoting certain interests. In the Nordics, as elsewhere, these…

Pia Majbritt Jensen and Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen in conversation with nordics.info at the department for media and journalism studies at Aarhus University. Photo: nordics.info.

2020.12.01 | Podcast, Film, Pia Majbritt Jensen, Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen, Media, Nordic Noír, Aarhus University

Global Audiences of Danish TV Drama

The global success of Danish TV drama in the late 2000s and early 2010s was surprising because of the relatively small number of people who can understand the Danish language and because the programmes were produced largely for a domestic audience by public broadcasting corporations. Audiences around the world appear to have responded to the…

Photo: Fredrick Tendong on unsplash.

2020.11.18 | Podcast, Heidi Rautalahti, Lysiane Lasausse, Ylva Grufstedt, Media, University of Helsinki

Podcast: Gaming the Nordics

There is no doubt that gaming is important when about a third of the world’s population play video games. But how are video games used to explore images of the Nordic region? What place do video games occupy in terms of cultural representations? To what extent can video games be considered part of a cultural hegemony from a historical culture…

Tegning af en pige, der går på sine tåspidser af kunstner Adolf von Becker. Photo: Finna.fi

2020.11.16 | Original sources, Sally Salminen, The arts, Literature

Kommer Far hjem til Jul? Af Sally Salminen

Introduction: I 1944 udgav den berømte finsk-svenske romanforfatter Sally Salminen ’Kommer far hjem til jul?’ som en novelle i magasinet Juleroser. Salminen fik sin berømmelse efter at have vundet en finsk-svensk litteraturpris i 1936 for sin roman Katrina. Hendes berømmelse var måske ikke blot grundet romanens kvalitet og store appel,…

Drawing of a girl walking on the tip of her toes by artist Adolf von Becker. Photo: finna.fi

2020.11.16 | Original sources, Sally Salminen, Paul Larkin, The arts, Literature

Is Daddy coming home for Christmas? By Sally Salminen

Introduction: In 1944, 'Juleroser' ('Christmas Roses') magazine published  the renowned Finland-Swedish novelist Sally Salminen's short story 'Kommer far hjem til jul?' (’Is Daddy coming home for Christmas?’). Salminen had shot to fame after winning a Finnish-Swedish literary prize in 1936 for her novel Katrina. Her celebrity status…

Writer Sally Salminen in the 1940s. Source: Osvald Hedenström / Lehtikuva, Wikimedia Commons.

2020.10.08 | Article, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

The literary work of Sally Salminen

Sally Salminen's famous novel 'Katrina' was published in 1936 and changed her life. From then on, she could afford not to work as a maid and became a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her works wrangle with themes such as war and motherhood and deal with issues inspired by her own life which still resonate today.

Sally Salminen at her desk in 1960. Source: Hufvudstadsbladet, Public Domain.

2020.10.08 | Biography, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

Sally Salminen 1906–1976

Sally Salminen won a Finnish-Swedish literary prize for her novel 'Katrina' in the autumn of 1936 at a time when she was working as a maid in New York; it was the Great Depression and she had emigrated there six years earlier to work in wealthy households. It was a global sensation that someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could…

The website nordics.info is based at Aarhus University and is a part of the University Hub Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW).

2020.09.28 | Podcast, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Nordic Noír, Literature

Podcast: Nordic crime fiction

Listen to an overview of nordic crime fiction in either English or Danish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til artiklen om nordisk krimi fiktion på engelsk eller dansk! Denne podcast er del af en serie…

Danish writer Dorrit Willumsen at the Copenhagen Book Fair 'BogForum', November 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mogens Engelund (CC BY-SA 3.0)

2020.09.03 | Biography, Petra Broomans, Literature

Dorrit Willumsen (b. 1940)

Danish writer Dorrit Willumsen excels in historical, biographical novels.

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