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June 22, 2014

WIN the last ever Wallander series on DVD


The last episodes of Wallander, ever, are out on DVD Monday 23rd June (Arrow Films).

We've got a copy to give away to one lucky person.

To be in with a chance to win, simply answer this question:

Wallander's dog is called:

a) Mussi

b) Jussi

c) Frank

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Wednesday 25th June 2014 at noon. Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. Usual competition rules apply. No cheating and no alternative prize and so on.

Get your hands on the DVD series in all good stores or online - it's a really really good one!


May 01, 2014

ScandiKitchen's Eurovision Bingo 2014

Every year we play Eurovision Bingo. This year is no exception. Play live with us on our Twitter feed during all the shows - from the semi finals to the grand final on 10th May. 

You can find us on Twitter here 

We're handing out Eurovision Bingo Cards all next week at the cafe so make sure you pick yours up when you pop by to stock up for your Eurovision Party at home.


Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Eurovision Voting

Click on the image for larger version.

Oh yes, Eurovision fever has begun. Six days to go...


 Via i.imgur.com

June 06, 2013

WIN a pair of tickets for Nordicana film festival i London 15-16 June 2013

Nordicana in London 2013: It promises to be an amazing two days for anyone who is into Scandinavian crime fiction, film and TV. And hotdogs - because we'll be there serving hotdogs too. 

Two whole days of Borgen, Arne Dahl, Broen (The Bridge) and much, much more. Buy tickets here 

We've got two tickets to give away to one lucky person.

To be in with a chance to win, just answer the following easy peasy question:

In The Killing I, what is the name of Sarah Lund's partner / colleague?

a) Jan Meyer

b) Troels Hartmann

c) Tommy Seebach

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday 10th June 2013 at noon, please. Winner will be notified by e-mail. no cash alternative. No cheating. Only one winner. Usual rules apply. No, really, no cheating, it isn't nice.



May 18, 2013

Eurovision 2013: Scoresheet to download

ScandiKitchen Eurovision 2013

Here's all the stuff you need for tonight's show.

Click here to Download ScandiKitchen Eurovision 2013 scoresheet in pdf (made by @schlagerfiasko)

To download a pdf of the ScandiKitchen Eurovision Bingo, click here: Download Bingo

Follow our live tweeting during the show: @scanditwitchen 

The show comes live from Malmö in Sweden and is shown in the UK on BBC at 8 pm.


May 16, 2013

WIN the 'Van Veeteren' DVD set and novel.


To celebrate this week’s release of Hakan Nesser’s “Van Veeteren” films on DVD, we have a great Scandi-crime prize bundle to give away. We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win not just the “Van Veeteren” box set, but also a copy of Nesser’s acclaimed new novel “The Weeping Girl”.    

Based on Nesser’s best-selling series of novels, Van Veeteren is an experienced Swedish detective who, now well into his sixties and approaching retirement, has a vast knowledge of policing and an intuitive skill for reading people and situations. Divorced, grumpy and more than a little cynical, the match stick toting Van Veeteren may be rough around the edges, but he has a heart of gold, enjoying nothing more at the end of a long day that a dark beer and a quiet game of chess. The first three Van Veeteren films are released as a DVD box set by Arrow Films.

“The Weeping Girl”, available from Pan Macmillan, features Van Veeteren’s protégé Ewa Moreno investigating her most perplexing case yet... A community is left reeling after a teacher – Arnold Maager – is convicted of murdering a female pupil. The girl was pregnant with Maager’s child.

Years later, on her eighteenth birthday, Maager’s daughter finally learns the terrible truth about her father. Desperate for answers, Mikaela travels to the institution where Maager has been held since his trial. But soon afterwards she inexplicably vanishes. 

To win this fantastic Scandi prize, simply tell us which of the below is also a Swedish detective –

a) Martin Rohde

b) Kurt Wallander

c) Lennart Brix  

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk by Monday noon (20th May 2013). Winner will be picked at random from all correct entries. No cheating. No cash alternative. Usual competition rule apply. 

Order the Van Veeteren DVD box set from Arrow Films here and order “The Weeping Girl” from Pan MacMillan here.  


May 02, 2013

Eurovision Bingo - play for Eurovision in Malmö 2013

Get all your stuff for Eurovision in our online shop here

March 15, 2013

WIN The Protectors (Livvagterne) on DVD

Protectors DVD_Packshot_3D

The Protectors is a fantastic TV series from Denmark. 

Finally, finally, it will be released in the UK - on 18th March.

One of the most popular TV shows in its Nordic homeland, THE PROTECTORS was filmed on location in Copenhagen and first aired on the DR channel in early 2009. Later that year, it won the coveted international emmy award for “best non-American television drama series”. 

We've got a copy of the DVD box set of Season 1 to give away to one lucky person.

To be in with a chance to win, please answer the following question:

Hamlet was the Prince of...

a) Bornholm

b) Karlskrona

c) Denmark

Answer by e-mail, please, to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday midday. Please note usual competition rules apply. Only one winner, no cash alternative, no cheating. Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

February 15, 2013

WIN tickets to see Doktor Glas in London


Doktor Glas, the great play by Hjalmer Söderberg, is coming to London's West End in April and May 2013.

Krister Henriksson, who is best known as Wallander in Henning Mankell’s widely praised Swedish TV series is making his West End debut in Doktor Glas, which transfers to London following its acclaimed run in Sweden.  

Doktor Glas tells the story of a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman. When she confides in him that her marriage is making her miserable, he agrees to help in whatever way he can. Soon Doktor Glas finds himself torn between his passion and his morality, and drives the play towards its shocking climax.

Doktor Glas will run at Wyndhams Theatre, a Delfont Macintosh Theatre, from 16 April to 11 May 2013.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.  These tickets will be valid on 16th April until 21st April (excluding the 18th), so you need to be available to go on one of those days.

Here's the question to answer:

Kurt Wallander has a pet dog.  What is it's name?

a)    Jussi

b)    Bussi

c)    Frank

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Thursday 21st Feb 2013. Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries.

One winner. One prize. No cash alternative. No alternative dates. No cheating. No nonsense. All usual competition rules apply. 

January 31, 2013

Melodifestivalen 2013 (Swedish Eurovision) in London

Fan of Eurovision?  We are.  Seeing as some of us are Swedish we're also a bit partial to the Swedish heats of the competition.

In Sweden, they take Eurovision very serious.  They have regional heats leading up to the final on 9th March.

A few places in London show the events - one of these is The Swedish Church on Harcourt Street.

Here's the schedule of events - starts at 7 pm on Saturday evenings.  Everyone welcome.  A love of Eurovision is possibly a pre-requisite.







The Swedish Church is near Marylebone and Edware Rd stations.

April 22, 2012

Title music from The Bridge (Broen / Bron) on BBC

Did you watch episode 1 and 2 of The Bridge, the new Scandi crime series showing on BBC last night?  

Fantastic, isn't it?

Oh, and have you been wondering every since why your head in haunted by this beautiful title track and you can't seem to find out who on earth it is?

We're here to help.

The band is Choir of Young Believers and the track is called Hollow Talk.  

Here's the opening clip

April 03, 2012

The Almighty Johnsons: Odin's BACK (in New Zealand)

Ahhh, those Kiwis.  You gotta love them. 

New New Zealand TV series about a bunch of lads realising they are reincarnated from Norse Gods.

The verdict is still out on this one, sorry guys.

You're not in Guatamala now, Dr Ropata, is all we can say about that.

March 01, 2012

Recycling is good, you know...



The Guardian asks if Denmark has run out of actors? 

Lars Mikkelsen who played Troels Hartmann in The Killing also appears in Those Who Kill as Magnus Bisgaard (Photograph: ITV).  Strange from The Killing 2 re-appears in Borgen as the dishy husband of the Prime Minister.  Theis from The Killing now wears a suit and tie in Borgen too.  

We say just wait for Broen (The Bridge) - we're sure you will see more proof of us being good recyclers of actors.

Really, we just don't have any more people, you know.  It's quality, guys, not quantity.  We're a very small country.

Read the article here




February 16, 2012

Hans Rosling on Population Growth in the world (worth watching)

Here's a Swede worth listening to, even if he uses Ikea boxes to illustrate a point.  The point is about how to tackle global poverty and population growth.

It's worth the ten minutes break to watch it. 

http://www.ted.com The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see).


February 08, 2012

The Office: now in Swedish

It's only fair, seeing as Kenneth Brannagh got to be Wallander, that a Swedish actor get to be David Brent.

The office in Swedish premieres this week.   Eh, in Sweden.

February 16, 2011

Eurovision Watch: Update

Sanna Eurovision season is well and truly in full swing in the Nordic lands now. Indeed, three of the five countries have already chosen the acts that they’re sending to Düsseldorf. Meanwhile, the Melodifestivalen juggernaut thunders on in Sweden, while the Danes wait patiently to do their choosing over the course of a couple of hours. None of this marathon contest nonsense for them.

The big news so far is from Norway, were Stella Mwangi’s Haba Haba took 36% of the votes to win. It’s a fabulous, African-inspired sound that was a world apart from the rest of the entries. Its popularity is such that Norway is the only country where Lady Gaga isn’t number one in the iTunes chart, because Stella refuses to budge. Haba!

Finland has picked a 19-year-old lad called Axel to sing an eco-ballad called Da Da Dam. He’s performing with the name Paradise Oskar, and from a mediocre selection, it’s probably the best song to represent the country. And he’s a lovely chap as well.

Iceland was hit by the sudden death of Sjónni Brink, one of the participants in its Eurovision search, which seemed to change the entire focus of the competition. Despite having Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (she came second in Moscow a couple of years ago), Iceland went for Sjónni’s song, Aftur heim (Almost Home), which was performed by his friends. It’s unclear whether the song will be allowed to go to Germany yet, but I don’t think anyone cares really – it was a very emotional moment when Sjónni’s widow, Þórunn Erna (also the song’s writer) accepted the prize.

Meanwhile, Denmark will have Ace Of Base’s Jenny Berggren in competition, while Sweden is falling in love with schlager again. Sanna Nielsen topped the leader board last Saturday, while Jenny Silver’s ABBA-tastic Something In Your Eyes is also tipped to be in the final. With Shirley Clamp and Linda Bengtzing also back, it’s all very exciting.

To hear the three winning songs from Norway, Finland and Iceland, visit Schlagerfiasko.nu at schlagerfiasko.nu/scandikitchen/

February 01, 2011

Ask the Scandies: Why is Schlager so popular in Sweden?

Eurovision season is well underway in the Nordic lands right now.

Norway, Iceland and Finland are all set for the final rounds of their selection process, while Denmark will be having just one night of fun later this month. However, there’s one country where the event is taken more seriously than anywhere else: Sweden.

You won’t find Melodifestivalen, the festival that celebrates schlager, mentioned in any guidebooks. But it’s an integral part of Swedish culture. For six weeks a year (starting this coming Saturday), a huge part of the nation gathers around its TV screens to watch the phenomenon known as ‘schlager’ unfold. Schlager is pop music – but better. Schlager is shameless. And always involves a key change.

Melodifestivalen is the World Cup, the Olympic Games of schlager.

Everyone wants to be involved. Everyone.

Schlager is not cheesy [writer's opinion.  ed]

The biggest schlager star of all is Carola Häggkvist. The next time you come into Scandinavian Kitchen, ask your Swedish server to sing you a song. We guarantee she or he will sing this:

Carola is a schlager icon. You may remember her from her Eurovision appearance. Or the other appearance. Or the other one. Three times.

This is how special she is.

Another schlager icon is Kikki Danielsson. Here is Kikki. She gets good vibrations.

Here is Shirley Clamp. Shirley is schlager.

Now you know what schlager is, you will have a deeper understanding of the Swedish psyche. For, despite jantelag and liberalism, there is a special place for schlager. Even in Jonas. He just likes to keep it hidden.

Today, a Swedish journalist is arguing in Svenska Dagblad that many schlager stars feel a sense of shame, which is why so many people love them. They share that shame.

This is, of course, nonsense. We love schlager because of the key change. No shame there.

However, there’s another, even deeper reason. Melodifestivalen happens in winter, when it’s dark. So, you see, schlager brings light. It harks back to the pagan days of waiting for the spring to arrive.

That’s how important schlager is.

Is that the smell of Västerbotten...?

Post by David Jorgensen.  Read more about Eurovision and schlager here on Schlagerfiasko

May 26, 2010

And the winner is....


Henrik the Rockstar is... HERREYS.  All of them.

The first semi-final has been and gone: bye bye to Finland but Iceland got through to the final on Saturday.  The second semi is tomorrow, Thursday, with the final - and heaps of arranged voting - happening on Saturday night.

Scandinavia has a long tradition of loving Eurovision.  There's a whole culture associated with it - especially when it comes to the food.

So, if you're going to have a little party on Saturday, here's what you might want to consider adding to your shopping list:

  • Cheeze doodles.  They're so good, they should be illigal
  • Crisps: we favour Estrella grill or dill chips
  • DipMix - it's the best things to come out of the 80's since Miami Vice. Mix it with creme fraiche and you're off to dip-heaven.  Holiday flavour is the best (although it taste very little of holiday.  Strange).
  • Pick'n'Mix - We Scandinavians like a good bag of pick'n'mix.  If you're not use to liqourice, do ask in store for which ones to avoid.
  • The chocolate:  big bars of Marabou chocolate are a must.
  • Flags: we have all the Scandinavian flags you might need

So, once you're settled, you may want to consider making it fun by adding a bit of excitement to it.  How about a little drinking game?  While we do not advocate drinking alcohol, this game is possibly more fun played with aquavit than orange juice.

Have a sip every time...

  • Someone uses a wind-machine
  • The hostess changes her dress
  • Someone has a backing band/dancers dancing Russian dancing
  • Anyone mentions the name Alexander Rybek
  • Any Scandinavian country gives each other 8 points or above
  • The UK gets 'nil' point from a country
  • Any of the phone judges use the words "may I just say what a lovely evening it was been" and "good evening Oslo" and proceeds it with attempting to say something in Norwegian.

Enjoy it, guys - but even more so, enjoy our Carolin's photoshop work to make us all look so lovely:


Berit is... CAROLA.



 And finally, Bronte is... NICOLE.

March 04, 2010

Eurovision 2010: Norway.

When we first watched the Norwegian entry for this year's Eurovision we got concerned that one half of Jedward had become taken refuge in Norway.  although, a closer look reveals this is sadly not the case.

The sound card on our PC is not working, so we could not hear the wonderful song - but the lyrics are meaningful and deep and the dude's frequent gazes at the screen tells us this man has had a crash course in "blue steel".

We're dissapointed to find no Russian style dancers, mono brows or women playing harps/accordians/trumpets. 

Verdict: Boring.


May 05, 2009

Eurovision and being on the Graham Norton show...

Last year, our very own Sebastian went on the Graham Norton show to sing the old Herrey's song "Diggiloo Diggiley".  Yes, really - the man has guts and we were all very proud of him.

This year they are looking for someone Danish to take part - and neither Bronte nor Signe are keen singers.  So, over to you: are you Danish and fancy being on the Graham Norton show?  The contact them on mail below asap.

And yes, the clip of Sebastian is below.  Fast forward 6 minutes and 26 seconds...

BBC entertainment show is looking for Danish people who live in the UK (pref London) to take part in a segment of the show on Wednesday 13th May.

There will be loads of people taking part and it will be lots of fun. We are recording in the evening and it will take no longer then 3 hours.

If you and/or your mates fancy a laugh and you would like more information then please get in touch as soon as possible.

Email lizb@sotelevision.co.uk preferably attaching a photo and including a contact telephone number.

August 12, 2008

Win tickets for EUROBEAT - the muscial


Many of us Scandinavians long for that time of year when Eurovision comes round and we get to vote for our neighbours.  Sadly, it's only once a year - and some of us struggle to find stuff to do the rest of the time. 

Enter EUROBEAT - the musical.  The story goes that an Australian man was so dissapointed he was not allowed to enter, so he wrote this musical instead.  Basically, Les Dennis and Mel Giedroyc (of Mel&Sue fame) present a mock Eurovision contest and you even get to vote afterward, meaning no two shows are ever the same.  The show is on at the Novello theatre from 4th September till 15th November and has got great reviews all round. 

You can read more about the whole thing right here

We've been lucky and have secured 10 pairs of tickets for the show over the next weeks to give away.  Every week in our newsletter we'll publish a question for you to enter the competition - all you have to do is send your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk and we'll pop your name into the hat*


a) Five times

b) Twice

c) Every year.  It's the taking part that counts and we're all winners, deep down.

*The terms and conditions of the Eurobeat competition are simple:  You answer the question right, we’ll pop your name into a hat.  If we cannot find a hat, we may well use a sock of maybe an empty box of some kind.  We’ll ask one of our friends to pick a name out of the sock/hat/box and that person will win 2 tickets to go see the musical.  We’ll then let the musical people know your name and put them in touch with you and they’ll arrange a good day for you to go see the show – this will be between 4th and 19th September only.  There’s no cash alternative to the prize and if you forget to buy popcorn, don’t blame us.  Employees of Scandi Kitchen are not allowed to enter this competition, so Sebastian, even if you enter in disguise, you will not win.  Max one pair of tickets per person.


August 04, 2008

There he is again, the crazy Swede (Ernst Hugo delivers)

For those of you who do not know who Ernst Hugo is, he is a fantastic Swedish actor - you can catch him in the most excellent TV series "Riget" (The Kingdom).

Alternatively, you can surf round our blog, there are several clips with him (some are subtitled).

June 24, 2008

The worst ever music video? Take 1

Could it be Finland's Armi and Danny?  Makes the Swedish frog dance look sane. 

June 10, 2008

Swiss cheese - from Finland?

We love this ad from the 1970's Finland.

June 09, 2008

Scandinavian Party - double bill

The nice people from Scandinavian Party are really going for it - there's a double bill party on Saturday 14th June starting at 16:00 with the football (Sweden versus Spain) and then the usual Scandi Party starts afterwards and goes on until 3 am. If you work that out in beer terms, well, it's a lot of beer. 

The party takes place at the Zoo bar in Leicester Square.  To get your ticket, mail guetlist@scandinavianparty.com - you can find more info on www.scandinavianparty.com

May 27, 2008

See our Sebastian on Graham Norton show

We found it.  A clip of our Seb on You Tube.  You have to scroll for it, though, he's on at 7.50 minutes. 

Enjoy.  By the way, we've decided to start a new movement:  "Sebastian for Eurovision 2009".  We may even print badges.

May 24, 2008

Eurovision tonight - reminder

Woo hoo - most of us have qualified for tonight's final in Eurovision, which makes the whole event much more exciting than Euro 08 (unless you are Swedish, of course, the only Scandi country to qualify...).  Hmmm... maybe not.  Anyway, if you're looking for a place to watch the Eurovision Song Contest final tonight in London, do pop down to the Sport's Cafe in SW1, they have everything from "små grå"/salmiakki shots to Scandinavian crisps (KIMS, Estrella, Cheeze doodles) and that infamous 1980's invention: holiday dipmix. 

More about Eurovision 2008 here

May 20, 2008

Eurovision 2008

It's finally here.  We can hardly contain our excitement.

The official Eurovision site, as cheesy as they come.

Where to watch it in London: the Sports Cafe - on the big screen, you can book tables are by country by calling them on 0207 8398300.  If you prefer just to be amongst Danes, pop over to the Danish YMCA to see it - or if you want to be very Swedish, you can go to the The Harcourt - entry is £6.

Alternatively, pop by the shop for one of our Eurovision Survivial Kits containing flags, sweets and crisps and stay at home and watch it with Terry Wogan.

We'd absolutely LOVE to head your views and who you want to win - do post your comments.

STOP PRESS - are you Swedish or Danish?  Graham Norton's looking for YOU to be on Friday's TV show which is being filmed Wednesday AM - e-mail Angela as soon as you can on angelah@sotelevision.co.uk.  The theme for the show is Eurovision.   You may be required to do a bit of karaoke - but the producers promise it is all fun and laughter and really good fun,

The Scandinavian entries for 2008 are:

Denmark - Toblerone advert

Sweden - ABBA meets Carola with a wind machine

Norway - Mariah Carey copy cat, stuck to the floor with glue.

Finland - cough medicine, Finnish lyrics - it may be a song about summertime and running through meadows - who knows?


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