Biographies

All 'Biographies' are listed here in the order that they were published. We aim to have an assortment of biographies of individuals who are Nordic or have a connection to the Nordics, and who have made an impact on Nordic and/or international society in the modern era. Our long term aim is to focus on those who are little known and to be inclusive. 

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

2019.03.22 | Biography, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, The arts, Aarhus University

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, Aarhus University

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, Aarhus University

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, Aarhus University

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, Aarhus University

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, Aarhus University

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, University of Oslo

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.

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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