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:
Answer to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Protectors is a fantastic TV series from Denmark.
Finally, finally, it will be released in the UK - on 18th March.
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...
Answer by e-mail, please, to email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 NEEDS YOUR HELP 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 firstname.lastname@example.org preferably attaching a photo and including a contact telephone number. DEADLINE THURSDAY 7TH MAY"
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 email@example.com we'll pop your name into the hat*
HOW MANY TIMES HAS DENMARK WON THE EUROVISON SONG CONTEST?
a) Five times
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.
“AS CAMP AS GRAHAM NORTON LISTENING TO BUCKS FIZZ IN A CAMPER VAN…EAT YOUR HEART OUT, SCOOCH – THIS SHOW’S A WINNER” ««««« Metro
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?