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Scan Magazine | Contents

Contents COVER FEATURE 8

The Secrets of IVANAHelsinki

HOTELS OF THE MONTH 43

Paola Ivana Suhonen is just 35 years old but already an established international fashion designer. Her secret to success is passion.

SPECIAL FEATURES 8

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The Scandinavia Show The Best of Brand Scandinavia, for you to see, test and buy: Scandinavia is going to be on everybody’s mind and lips in London later this year, when the Scandinavia Show hits the city.

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FOOD 16

Conferences and Holidays in Finland 52

HEALTH & BEAUTY THEME 77

Your Health is Your Most Valuable Asset This month we take a look at some of the best health treaments and beauty products available.

REGULARS & COLUMNS

Peacock Travel Tailor-made trips to paradise. Peacock travel is setting up in the UK to help you getaway on the trip of a life time.

Restaurant of the Month: Molskroen With black lobsters, salted haddock and banana cake with liquorice on the menu, Molskroen is already a top-rated gourmet restaurant.

TRAVEL 48

Time for Fika Bronte looks at how to eat and be cosy in Scandinavia. Coffee plays an important part.

Holidays in Aalborg Discover the many wonders of Northern Jutland with a visit to Aalborg. The city is simply booming with great restaurants, shopping centres, museums and cultural offers for an unforgettable getaway.

DENMARK | Ballebro Færgekro Wake up in beautiful rooms with a view to the sea, have your meeting or conference in a majestic hall and enjoy dishes from a delicate menu at the historic Ballebro Færgekro.

Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, is also the land of a thousand conference venues. Find out where you should hold your next conference and learn more about the beauty of Finland.

FINLAND | Hotelli Yöpuu Spend the night at the exquisite Hotel Yöpuu in a beautiful and indviduallly decorated room.

Love is in the air in Sweden this spring with the up-coming royal wedding.

TRAVEL THEMES

SWEDEN | Comwell Aspenäs Situated by the lake Aspen and only 20 minutes away from Gothenburg and Landvetter airport, Comwell Aspenäs offers beautiful and relaxing settings for both business and leisure visitors.

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We Love This | 13 Fashion Diary Wine | 19 Humour | 74 Scan News Music | 81 Culture Calendar

Scan Business REGULARS & COLUMNS

RELOCATION THEME 60

Relocation Made Easy Moving to a new country can be both confusing and stressful. Scan Magazine gives you a complete overview of the many companies and services that can lighten your experience.

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It is All About Responsibility Business and companies all over the world do it: practise Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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Corren Troen: Deal Or No Deal Last month Corren Troen hosted another wellattended Property Breakfasts.

Affinity Telecom Whether you are moving abroad for a shorter or longer period it can be very convenient to keep your phone number.

Entrepreneurial women Annika Goodwille reflects upon how she started up her business Goodwille and overcame challenges.

FEATURES 56

We Will Never See a Crisis Like This Again Peter Straarup, CEO, Danske Bank was in London in March this year at a special event for private banking customers.

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Chamber News News from the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish Chambers of Commerce for the UK.

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Scan Magazine | Editor’s Note

Dear Reader, Welcome to our May issue. You might have noticed that this magazine is slightly bigger than usual and we certainly have a lot of great stuff in store for you in this month’s travel themed issue. I hope you enjoy the Aalborg, Denmark theme (page 34) as well as our relocation theme (page 60). And on page 20, as a special service to our business readership, we put you in direct contact with all the greatest meeting and conference venues in Finland. Finland can provide stunning locations for your meetings – and can so easily be combined with a holiday in some other part of the country or in Russia. I hope you will go there. We also have an exciting Finnish cover story about the designer behind the fashion label IVANAHelsinki.

fashion, travel and design. With a strong media partner – The Daily Telegraph – the show will be marketed via a national campaign and is the largest of this kind ever to hit the UK. You will be able to read much more about our show on page 14 and in upcoming issues of Scan Magazine.

This is a great time of the year, when the warmer weather is knocking on our doors. I recently went running in Greenwich Park where I overheard three ladies speaking Danish. Being a Dane myself I stopped to say hello. The sun was shining, they were on holiday and they seemed to enjoy London which they said was a truly amazing place. I asked them if they knew how amazing Denmark was. They all laughed and said they knew that already. A Dane would know, but many people with non-Nordic backgrounds are still unaware of all the great things the Nordic countries have to offer. This is why we are putting together a large Scandinavia Show which will take place at London Olympia this October. Our many Scandinavian exhibitors will come and sell, celebrate and showcase the most successful exports within food,

I hope you enjoy this issue, and we are already looking forward to seeing you in June as well!

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Copy-editor Mark Rogers

Published 10.05.2010 ISSN 1757-9589

Contributors Emelie Krugly Bronte Blomhoj Nia Kajastie Mette Lisby Ray O’Connor Julie Guldbrandsen Karl Batterbee Sara Schedin Jonna Dagliden Päivi Ylänen Charlotte Ågren Anne Line Kaxrud

Published by Scan Magazine Limited Design & Print Liquid Graphic Limited Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Cecilie Jacobsen

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On page 16 our favourite food columnist, Bronte Blomhoj, explains the concept of “fika” which basically means to “meet up, have a coffee and a chit-chat”. If you want to experience fika in true Nordic style I suggest you go to one of the Scandinavian themed cafes, bars and restaurants in the UK. There are quite a few and they all have our warmest recommendations. We also had to include a feature on this summer’s wedding between Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling. What a great occasion – and what a great excuse to go on holiday in Sweden!

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Scan Magazine | Contributors

Regular Contributors Cecilie Jacobsen (Editor) has an MA in Journalism and International studies. Cecilie has large international experience and has previously worked for the United Nations and Nokia as well as written extensively about climate change. Now the editor of Scan Magazine, Cecilie is devoted to finding the most exciting stories from Scandinavia and the UK and not least to take the magazine to the next level. Emelie Krugly has worked on a number of Swedish newspapers. After travelling extensively, she is now based in London and is responsible for Scan's news section. She can be contacted any time regarding an event or story: emelie@scanmagazine.co.uk. Bronte Blomhoj runs Scandi Kitchen in London, a Scandinavian deli/cafe. Bronte, who has studied in Edinburgh and has a background in investment banking, has lived in London for 7 years. She writes Scan Magazine’s monthly food column. Nia Kajastie was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland, and moved to London in 2005 to study writing. With a BA in Journalism & Creative Writing, she now describes herself as a part-time writer and grammar stickler.

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Mette Lisby is Denmark’s leading female comedian. She invites you to laugh along with her monthly humour columns. Since her stand-up debut in 1992, Mette has hosted the Danish versions of “Have I Got News For You” and “Room 101”. Ray O’Connor is one of Ireland’s successful wine exporters and has lived in London since 2006. He is a regular contributor to many specialist wine publications and won the Young Wine Writer of the Year Award 2007. Julie Guldbrandsen is Scan Magazine’s fashion and design expert; she has worked in the fashion industry for more than 10 years, and advised various Scandinavian design and fashion companies. Besides, Julie has a BA in business and philosophy and has lived in Copenhagen, Singapore and Beijing before settling down in London. Karl Batterbee is devoted to Scandinavian music and knows exactly what is coming up in the UK. Apart from writing a monthly music update for Scan Magazine Karl has also started the Scandipop Club Night and its corresponding website: www.scandipop.co.uk.

Swedish Sara Schedin has lived in London for four years. She is currently studying Journalism at her second year at City University and is covering Scandinavian culture in the UK. Jonna Dagliden is a fulltime journalist at LS:N Global, a lifestyle news network, part of the Future Laboratory. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a BA in Media and Communications last year, and continues to do freelance work for Scan Magazine. Thomas Winther (Executive Editor). Originally from Denmark, Thomas has a background in Economic consultancy. He is now on a personal mission to take Brand Scandinavia to new heights. Thomas lives in Blackheath with his much better half and 1 year old son.


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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | IVANAHelsinki

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | IVANAHelsinki

The Secrets of IVANAHelsinki Paola Ivana Suhonen is just 35 years old but already a well-established designer in the international fashion arena. Her brand IVANAHelsinki is an exclusive Finnish design brand and the hottest representative of "Fennofolk" on the new Scandinavian design scene. The designer’s secret to success lies in her love for what she does. By Cecilie Jacobsen | Photos: Courtesy of IVANAHelsinki

IVANAHelsinki was founded in 1998 by Paola Ivana Suhonen and her sister Pirjo. It is an independent art and fashion brand and it has today grown to be an international art brand represented in stores all over the world and at the fashion shows at the big fashion weeks in Paris, London and Copenhagen. The inspiration for the brand is to bring delicacy together with Slavic rough melancholy and pure Scandinavian moods – an inspiration which Paola finds in her native Finland. The “Scandinavian moods” symbolize the nature-orientation and the charisma of Scandinavians whom she calls “The Wild Wood people”. IVANAHelsinki collections reflect both the white arctic summer nights and endless winter sadness and therefore the cycle of seasonal changes.

The latest collection is called “Leaving Circus” and is inspired by a girl who is leaving a circus. She is sad and isolated but it is unclear if she has left the circus

“I think the key to my success is that I have never seen my job as work”

voluntarily or whether she has been thrown out. The collection does, in Paola’s own words, reflect the thin line between being free and being lonely. Scan Magazine caught up with the mastermind behind it all for a chat about beauty, movie-making in the States and

why she does not follow the mainstream trends. How did your career start? I was in my first year of design school and my sister was just out of business school. I knew I wanted to have my own business with my own line and my own designs, so we got together and started making IVANAHelsinki. I started creating an art project using prints and paintings and that became the visual background for my clothes designs. I wanted to create a timeless design and not something that was in season. Why do you think you have been so successful so far? I think the key to my success is that I have never seen my job as work. I am so pas-

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | IVANAHelsinki

Facts on Paola and IVANAHelsinki – Paola Ivana Suhonen is a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, the fashion and textile design department. Today she teaches in that very same university. – IVANAHelsinki has been the only Scandinavian women’s wear brand ever to be accepted by the official Paris Fashion Week “IN” Show calendar. – IVANAHelsinki has its own atelier in downtown Helsinki where the unique

pieces and small series productions are done. All knits are manufactured in Finland and hand-knits come from Lapland. – Paola Ivana Suhonen has done product development, print and concept designing for several companies like Head Snowboards, HP Sauce, Topshop, Google, Swarovski, Coca-Cola, Canon, Artek, Amnesty International and Mori Art Center in Tokyo. Paola Ivana Suhonen

sionate about what I do and I see my life as an adventure and the world as my playground. I have this saying. Love first, live then and everything will follow. Being successful is all about love, dedication and passion and it is a bit like a relationship: it will never work out if you are not passionate and if you do not put your soul into it. What is beauty for you? For me beauty is the inner aesthetic and for me that is a combination of the hippie style and rock and roll. My designs need to have that edge. For beauty is not just about happiness. Beauty has to have sadness and a dark side. How do mainstream trends affect your collections? I am not inspired by mainstream trends and I am not interested in fashion. I like to create my designs from my own inner world and my own universe. My designs

come from a mood or a feeling that I have. Many designers are inspired by a certain period but I get my inspiration from going on road trips and from Scandinavia. That is why I say that my designs are souvenirs of my soul world and you are invited to be part of a secret club by wearing them. I generally think that charismatic persons wear my designs and I like to think that they make them shine because they carry their own fire. You are currently living in New York to pursue another passion of yours, film making. What is fascinating about making films? I have this urge to tell stories and integrating visuals and music into my collections is something I have always done. In many ways making films has been a natural part of IVANAHelsinki because they support the themes in the collections. Film-making has been a natural thing for

me and telling a story by using visuals and music makes it a story complete. What is next for you? I am moving to Hollywood in L.A. this summer to study moving-making since I have been accepted by the AFI (American Film Institute) cinematic photographer program. I am also currently involved in post-production of some films as well as shooting a music video over here. There is so much to learn and do and then there is of course the job of designing the next IVANAHelsinki collection. IVANAHelsinki can be bought in more than 20 countries. IVANAHelsinki is run by Paola and her sister Pirjo Suhonen from New York and Helsinki. You can watch Paola’s films, the IVANAHelsinki collections as well as learn more about other projects and collaborations that IVANAHelsinki are involved in at www.ivanahelsinki.com

Paola on the making of IVANAHelsinki IVANAHelsinki started as my personal art-project, now it’s a way of living to us. I could easily spend my life like a gipsy-being a vagabond, raising stories of love and life and going on my road trips - but it is pretty much ok to do cute, straight cotton and woollen dresses for charismatic drummer girls and girl-women with beautiful souls. They are the ones who love moonlit fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy Paola Ivana Suhonen at work in New York 10 | Issue 18 | May 2010

motels, a champagne state of drunkenness, fragile butterflies, unstable relationships, cowboys and guardian angels. After all, I’m sure they are just after a love of their lives, rarely seen madpeaceful magic, just waiting to see, will he be a rock star, a motor biker, a gnome, a cosmonaut or a sailor.


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Scan Magazine | Design | We Love This

We love this... It is time to begin to shine up the garden because summer is just around the corner. Here is what we love. By Cecilie Jacobsen

Flowerpot Garden lamp Even though the summer evenings are light and long, it will still be great to light up those beautiful flowers and plants when the dark approaches. The Flowerpot is a lamp intended for the garden that promises to light up its surroundings and becomes part of a poetic nature. Retails at £402*. www. scandinaviandesigncenter.com

Desiree chair A brand new outdoor chair named Desiree has just been launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair although it was originally designed in the 1950s by Yngve Ekstrom. It is produced by Swedese and will look great on the terrace. Retails at £375*. www.informfurniture.co.uk

PipPip Bird House Be good to the birds in the garden and give them this funky bird house. Designed by Stina Sandwall. Retails at £55*. www.informfurniture.co.uk

Low Tio Table This great outdoor table is called ”Low Tio table TI24” and comes in white, black, dark green, and rust red. Designed by Chris Martin and Magnus Eleback. Retails at £327*. www.informfurniture.co.uk

Hammock from Kamameju Time to relax in the garden with your favourite person in this large pleated hammock from the Danish designer Kamameju. Retails at £150*. www.designme.dk *The prices are approximate in pounds sterling

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Scan Magazine | Design | Fashion Diary

Fashion Diary... Spring-time favourites

By Julie Guldbrandsen

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Acne Printed leggings from Acne, app. £105 on www.YouHeShe.com

Billi Bi Studded wedge sandals from Billi Bi, £150.00 at www.wild-swans.com.

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Scan Magazine | Feature | The Scandinavia Show

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The Scandinavia Show:

The Best of Brand Scandinavia - for you to see, test and buy Scandinavia is going to be on everybody’s mind and lips in London later this year, when The Scandinavia Show hits the city. More than 100 exhibitors will showcase and sell the best brands that Scandinavia has to offer in fashion, food, design and culture at a two day show. Text by Cecilie Jacobsen

The Olympia Conference Centre is going to be busy on October 9 and 10, when thousands of visitors will experience a true cornucopia of Scandinavian brands, ranging from Swedish Volvo, to Danish Homestore, Interior Design Company “Skandium” and tourist boards Visit Denmark, Visit Finland, Innovation Norway, Visit Sweden and Visit Iceland. Scan Magazine is organizing the grand show and it is the first of its kind in London. Thomas Winther, Executive Editor at Scan Magazine, explains: “It seems to be a natural development of things for us since we, at Scan Magazine, have a Scandinavian team which represents Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway and therefore have the best pos-

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sible platform for promoting Scandinavia.” The Scandinavia show has received great backing from several partners. The Daily Telegraph – the official media partner - is running a national media campaign to promote the show, which is the biggest of its kind. While it will be possible to taste Scandinavian food and see design classics as well as find inspiration for Scandinavian travel, the Scandinavia Show will also offer great cultural experiences such as a fashion show arranged by the London boutique “Wild Swans”, which sells top Scandinavian clothes designs, music performances by The Copenhagen Jazz Festival, a kids’ show, Scandinavian children’s movies and much, much more.

And the mission of the Scandinavia Show is clear. Mads E. Petersen, the Creative Director at Scan Magazine, says: “Exhibitors showcase and sell the great Scandinavian design classics as well as the new and hot designs, and visitors will be able to taste everything from Swedish knäckebröd (flat bread) to Danish hotdogs. The show will truly be a fantastic opportunity for both an English and Scandinavian audience to experience the best of brand Scandinavia as well as give exhibitors great media exposure.” For further information about the show, contact Thomas Winther at thomas@scanmagazine.co.uk or visit: www.scandinaviashow.co.uk


Scan Magazine | Feature | Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth

Read more about The Swedish Institute at www.si.se and about the royal wedding on www.lovestockholm2010.se

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You can buy Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth at the Sweden Bookshop at Slottsbacken 10, Old Town Stockholm or at www.swedenbookshop.com.

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Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth Love is in the air in Sweden this spring. For the first time since 1976 there will be a royal wedding in Stockholm when Crown Princess Victoria marries her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling on June 19. By Christian Kjellman

But a lot has changed since 1976. Abba does not top the charts and the Swedes are not queuing to see a new flick by Ingmar Bergman or to buy the latest book

from Astrid Lindgren. But the image of Sweden outside Sweden is still very much like it was in 1976. That is something the Swedish Institute (SI) would like to change

with their new book, Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth. When all the tourists flock to Stockholm in time for this summer’s wedding and want to know more about Sweden as it is today, they should definitely read Sweden – Up North, Down to Earth. Written by two former Swedish expats, it presents regular Swedes and astonishing Swedes, supercars and indie rock bands, vampires and royalty. Why not try the recipe of reindeer meatballs with glazed garlic confit and red cabbage? Or read about the booming crime literature scene in the footsteps of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson? Everything you need to know about one of the most fascinating countries in Europe in only 72 pages. So what is the Swedish Institute (SI) you might ask yourself? SI is a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world, and ranks under the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, just like their counterparts the British Council in the UK or the Goethe Institute in Germany. In time for the royal wedding, SI has also developed a new communication concept called Brands of Sweden. The purpose of Brands of Sweden is to have collaboration with the Swedish global brands and companies that sponsor the large event Love Stockholm 2010 – the giant celebration of the royal wedding, arranged by the City of Stockholm. Love Stockholm 2010 takes place in the Swedish capital from June 6 to June 19.

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Scan Magazine | Food | Time For Fika

Time for Fika Every language contains a few untranslatable words. In Denmark and Norway, “hygge” is generally used as an example for a general state of lovely cosiness. In Sweden, the word that is hard to translate literally is Fika. By Bronte Blomhoj

To Fika is a good old Swedish word that basically means to ‘meet up, have a coffee and a chit-chat’. We Scandinavians love nothing more than to meet up for a Fika. This can be done at any time – and a Fika can take anything from 10 minutes to several hours, depending on how good you are at Fika-ing. If you’re in Norway or Denmark you don’t use the actual word Fika, but the rules of the game are the same. For a good Fika you’d be expected to serve good Scandinavian coffee. People in the

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Nordic countries drink more coffee than anyone in the world, even the Italians. This is because we love our filter coffee – and it needs to be very strong and served in abundance. When you have a Fikarast (coffee break) at work or meet someone for a Fika it is not unusual to polish off a good 2-3 cups of filter coffee in one sitting. Each. Perhaps this abuse of caffeine goes a little way to explain why the Norwegians always sounds so happy and why we’re one of the biggest producers of Europop. Once upon a time, back in the days when men were men and women wore twin-

sets and went to bed with rollers in their hair, people knew how to treat their guests when they popped by for a Fika. No pre-packaged cakes, no just popping out to M&S for a roll of digestives and a ham & egg sub. No, no, back when Granny ruled the roost, things were made from scratch, guests were treated to coffee in the finest china and nobody had to help with the washing up. Back in the forties, a book was published in Sweden entitled “Sju Sorters Kakor” – meaning, Seven Kinds of Biscuits. It does


Scan Magazine | Food | Time For Fika

contain recipes for well over a hundred biscuits and cakes, but the reason for the title was simple: seven was the number of different homemade cakes a good housewife should offer any guests that popped over for Fika. Hmmm, yes. Six kinds and you were stingy (and probably lazy), any more than seven and you were a show off. Lagom. This lovely book quickly became part of Swedish culture and every household owns at least 4 copies and swears by the fact that it is the most influential book since the Bible. Almost. Every time a distant relative dies, you are guaranteed to receive a few more copies. Despite the fact that it is illegal to throw any copies of this book away, it is still in print and new editions are churned out every couple of years. There is a fear Sweden may sink into the ocean one day from a surplus of Sju Sorters Kakor books. Seeing as very few people still offer you seven kinds of biscuits when you pop over, one can conclude that someone somewhere is slacking in the baking department. In Denmark, a similar fashion arose at around the same time. In the south of

Recipes 2 kinds of Scandinavian biscuits Little lovely mini coconut macaroons Makes around 40 macaroons 50 grams butter 250 g desiccated coconut 250 grams caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla sugar or extract 4 egg whites (medium eggs) Pop all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stir until butter has melted – do not leave it to sit or the egg will start to brown. Once butter has melted and the mixture is warm, use 2 teaspoons to spoon out little round macaroons on baking trays lined with grease proof paper. Bake at 200 degrees for around 1214 minutes until golden brown. If you’re feeling fancy, dip the bases in melted chocolate and leave to dry.

Denmark, near the German border, a tradition known nowadays as Sønderjysk Kaffebord, literally Coffee Table from Sønderborg, seeks to rival the Swedish housewife’s offering. There, you are also

expected to serve seven sorts of biscuits – as well as seven sorts of soft cakes – from carrot cake to chocolate cake and layer cakes. Considering the generation of South Danish ladies who lunched at each others’ houses did not have to be carried around by pick-up trucks, one must conclude that restraint is in the backbone of those Danes.

Chocolate Biscuits with pearl sugar (Chokoladsnittar) 200g butter (at room temperature) 250 ml caster sugar 300 grams plain flour (around 5 dl) 4 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp vanilla sugar (you can use a spoon of extract as well instead) 1 medium egg Extra egg and pearl sugar for topping (you can substitute the pearl sugar with finely chopped almonds) Pop your oven at 175 degrees. Whisk sugar and butter until fluffy, then add the egg and mix well. Sift in all the dry ingredients and mix with the hands until you have a shapeable dough. Don’t over mix the dough.

While the average Scandinavian household no longer has a mini production line of home baking going on (the same as most British households no longer serve high tea on a daily basis), Scandinavians still do love their coffee breaks and we always take time to fika when we can – it is simply part of our culture and still today it is generally accepted you can pop over to visit your friends without having to synchronise your Blackberry diaries 2 weeks in advance. Whether you choose to take your fika breaks with seven kinds of cake, or simply pop out for a skinny soya decaf with vanilla syrup in the sun, make sure you spare a thought for the poor grannies that had to stay at home baking all day fretting about how to look better than the neighbour without over stepping the rules – and maybe have a go at making a few of your own (ask any Swede and they’re bound to have a few spare recipe books lying around).

Bronte Blomhoj is the owner of Scandinavian Kitchen, a pan-Scandinavian grocery store in Central London that also serves excellent coffee. The perfect place for a Fika.

Roll into a big sausage shape and cut into 4 pieces. Roll each piece out in rectangular shape (around 7 x 15-16 cm, just under one centimetre thick). Pop the shapes on a baking tray (not too close, they will spread a bit whilst baking). Brush with egg and add sugar or almonds. Bake for around 10 minutes. The biscuits will still be slightly soft when you take them out - don't worry, they will crisp up when dry. While the biscuits are still warm, cut each rectangular piece into 2 cm wide pieces across (you'll get around 10-13 pieces per rectangle). Move to a rack and leave to cool. Both biscuits keep well for over a week or so in tins (don’t use air tight containers, they’ll go soft on you).

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Australia – a continent of diversity Scan Magazine’s Ray O’Connor shares his tips to help you pick just the right Australian wines. Australia is one of the few wine producing countries in the world that can match the diversity of styles that France so proudly boasts. When European settlers arrived there on the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788 they brought with them vine cuttings which were to be the beginning of the nation’s wine industry. Fast forward to 2010 and there are now sixty-four different wine regions, or Geographical Indicators each boasting a unique characteristic. These are spread across the lower length of this vast continent – the northern half is simply too hot to grow quality grapes. While Shiraz is grown just about everywhere other grape varieties thrive better in specific regions. Moving from east to west, you will encounter full-bodied white wines made from Semillon and Chardonnay in the Hunter Valley, a couple of hours drive outside of Sydney. On a day trip out of Melbourne in Victoria State you will enjoy world-class Pinot Noirs

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By Ray O’Connor

and Chardonnays, also used for the production of delicious sparkling wines. The majority of branded wines from Australia come in bulk from South Australia. However, considering it is the largest state there are some great variances in quality and styles such as the impeccable Rieslings from Clare and Eden Valley. In terms of red wines this is where you’ll find the big, chocolatey style Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and the beautifully aromatic Cabernet Sauvignon

from Coonawarra. Which brings us to Western Australia where Margaret River is the pioneer of quality. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, its maritime climate is ideal for Cabernet and Merlot blends, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends, mirroring the styles of wines of Bordeaux. Ray O’Connor runs tailored wine tastings for groups or individuals. For more information visit www.rayoconnorwine.com

Tim Adams “The Fergus”, Clare Valley 2006

Vasse Felix Semillon, Margaret River, 2007

Possibly the best value wine from Australia, The Fergus consistently outperforms itself and its peers. It is a sensuous blend of four black grape varieties lending fruit characteristics of redcurrants, bramble fruits and clove spice with layers of complexity.

Unlike most other whites, Semillon benefits from some bottle age, giving the wine a waxy, honeyed flavour. This is a full-bodied wine with citrus notes and a touch of oak.

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By Mette Lisby

Who thinks that Facebook is taking its role as “social network” way too seriously? Whenever I log on to my profile, a box on the left pops up with “suggestions”. Suggestions as to who I might want to add as friends. Fair enough. It seems natural that Facebook says: “Hey if you know Ant, you might know Dec as well?” But it doesn’t stop here. Now Facebook without further ado announces to which of my friends I ought to send a message. Because according to Facebook it’s been “too long”, so Facebook feels called upon to urge me to “reconnect”. The downside to this intrusive advice is that Facebook knows absolutely nothing about what goes on in non-cyber-space (what some people might refer to as “reality”). Recently Facebook was persistently pestering me to “reconnect with Birgit”. Birgit is my Mother and we usually speak on the phone 3 times a week. However in

this specific period she was visiting from Denmark, staying in my home for 2 weeks, so honestly I felt pretty darn “connected” to her already. But this did not stop Facebook from insisting, every time I logged onto my Facebook-profile, that I should “send Birgit a message”. It gets even worse when Facebook, like an overly worried Grandmother, starts suggesting which of my friends I ought to “help finding new friends”. Facebook is hell-bent on me finding new friends for particularly one of my female friends, and so they keep begging me to introduce her to new people. This fills me with guilt. It makes me feel like my girlfriend had just started in my class and I am personally responsible she doesn’t feel left out. Luckily I know that the aforementioned friend is not as bad off as Facebook seems

to think. She’s just one of those odd people who keeps her friendships alive by something as archaic as having real conversations. In reality she has plenty of friends. But she prefers to see them face to face, without the “book” as an officious, meddling intermediary. Mette Lisby is Denmark’s leading female comedian. She invites you to laugh along with her monthly humour columns. Since her stand-up debut in 1992, Mette has hosted the Danish versions of “Have I Got News For You” and “Room 101”. Mette currently lives in London.

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Finland – the land of thousands of conferences Finland is a Nordic country renowned for its forests, lakes, fells, snowy winters and nightless summers – and it’s also a popular conference destination. Text and photos: FCB

The list of international associations that have chosen Finland to host their conferences is long and impressive. Finland is a safe and smoothly functioning, reliable destination that is easily accessible from all over the world. Between East and West, Finland is an appealing location for a conference, attracting delegates from all over the world. High educational standards have contributed to Finland's emergence as a country of high technology. Finland is well known for its mobile phones and boasts more Internet connections per capita than any other country. Today, Finland is a world leader in various high-tech fields. This expertise benefits society as a whole.

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For the past twenty years, Finland has been ranked one of the top 20 most popular countries for hosting congresses. According to the latest UIA (Union of International Associations) statistics, Finland was the highest ranked Nordic country and the 17th in the world. Finland offers a wide variety of high-quality venues – everything from a conference centre for 10,000 people to an intimate log cabin meeting room for 20. Altogether Finland offers ten venues that can accommodate 1,000 to 10,000 persons – the largest meeting room available has 4,400 seats. Helsinki alone boasts around 80 hotels – ranging from international chains to local boutique hotels – with a total of

11,000 rooms. Finland's 14 congress cities offer unique settings for meetings small and large. Over 90 percent of the respondents to a recent congress survey commissioned by FCB considered the safety and security of Finnish host cities to be either good or very good. Congress delegates also singled out the friendliness of Finns for praise. The country offers genuine hospitality and very experienced meetings industry professionals and other service providers. Finns are good organisers. International conference and event organisers are spoiled for choice in Finland. Events can be held in historical or modern


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Top left: Enjoy the spetacular sunset at Rovaniemi. Below left: Get busy at the Helsinki Action Weekend. Below right: The aula is a great place to meet. Far right: There is plenty of water sports activities on offer.

settings, large cities or small towns, the uniquely scenic archipelagos, the exotic fells of Lapland or beautifully picturesque venues renowned for their cultural offerings. Situated in the heart of Northern Europe, Finland is easy to get to. Around 180 international flights arrive daily at HelsinkiVantaa international airport. Several other cities in Finland are also served by direct international flights. Helsinki-Vantaa regularly ranks among the very best airports in the world. Excellent transport connections ensure that a congress in Finland can easily be combined with a holiday in some other part of the country or in Russia (for example in St. Petersburg) or one of the Baltic countries. The ferries operating between Sweden and Finland are real "floating hotels" and major attractions in their own right.

Finland is one of the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. Finland is sometimes referred to as the 'land of the thousand lakes', but in fact there were a total of 187,888 at the last count. A veritable maze of inland waterways – with a profusion of bays, headlands and islands, sometimes opening out into broader waters – extends across the country but is especially dense in the eastern areas. The lakes are linked by rivers, straits and canals and offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Swimming and boating are popular from June to August. A network of lakeland steamer routes links many of the larger towns, providing a leisurely option for touring the country. In wintertime the frozen lakes are transformed into a giant playground for skiers and skaters.

The other major element of Finland's landscape is the forest, which extends to all parts of the country except for the highest fells in northern Lapland. If you are searching for a unique venue for your next international congress or corporate event, or if you would like to establish contact with local experts, Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) can assist you. Welcome to Finland!

Blue1, Finnish member airline of the SAS Group, flies twice a day from Heathrow to Helsinki. Fares start from £69 one-way incl. taxes and charges. Book at flysas.co.uk

For more information visit: www.fcb.fi

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Helsinki Congress Paasitorni – a full-service conference centre Smack bang in the middle of the Finnish capital of Helsinki and by the beautiful Eläintarha Bay lies an impressive granite fortress full of history and character that is sure to provide a memorable venue for your meeting, seminar or conference. Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, located in Siltasaari, currently offers a versatile assortment of conference rooms with space for up to 800 visitors, and in 2011 it will go through several expansion projects that will transform it into a full-service conference centre. By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

Owned by the Helsinki Workers’ Association, the 100-year-old Paasitorni building represents the best Art Nouveau architecture of its time. It is lined with Finnish granite of the finest quality that was originally extracted from the bedrock of the plot land. The same granite was used when an extension was built in 1925, and although this new part of the building was stylistically more representative of Nordic Classicism, it still blended perfectly with the existing architecture. Paasitorni was formerly used as an assembly hall for the

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Workers’ Association and a venue for cultural events, and in the late 1980s it began operating as a qualified conference cen-

mises to the historical and cultural authenticity of its heritage. Unique milieu

“Guests often tell me how

nice it is to visit a place that is so different from the normal conference world”

tre. The building was thoroughly restored in the mid-1990s, without any compro-

According to Sales Manager Kati Kosonen, most of the customers at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni are enchanted by the unique and harmonious milieu that immediately surrounds them: “Especially foreign guests often tell me how nice it is to visit a place that is so different from the normal conference world, where the surroundings normally seem so inter-


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changeable and alike. Our milieu really awakens people’s curiosity.” In addition to the historically intriguing backdrop, Paasitorni offers a great selection of congress facilities with integrated modern convention technology and equipment. Paasitorni currently consists of 30 conference rooms that can accommodate anything from small meetings of eight to a large summit of several hundred people. Also available for large sit-down meals or company functions are the 250-seat Restaurant Paasi that connects to two smaller cabinets and the Congress Hall with room for up to 800 people. Customer-centred service As the first conference centre in Finland to receive the ISO 9001 quality certificate, Paasitorni is known for its first-rate services and a dedicated staff that puts customer satisfaction above all else. “Customer feedback is very important to us,

and we collect it systematically after every conference using questionnaires,” says Kosonen. “The feedback includes a lot of praise and a ton of great ideas for improvements, which we can in turn use as a basis for new and exciting development projects. No other conference establishment that we know of has a more systematic way of dealing with feedback than we do.” Full-service future The fall of 2011 will see the opening of the much-anticipated Scandic Paasi, a 170room four-star hotel that will have direct access to the conference facilities and restaurants inside Helsinki Congress Paasitorni. The hotel will operate from three different buildings, as rooms will be divided between the top floors of the Paasitorni building, the next-door building and a modern hotel wing to be built in the courtyard. The new building will include

three meeting rooms (max. capacity of 300 in the largest one) that will help provide a more flexible and versatile conference experience for potential customers, as well as a multi-purpose entrance hall and a new restaurant with room for 150 guests. As the cherry on top of this new and improved full-service congress centre, as of spring 2011, the Eläintarha Bay in front of the Paasitorni building will play permanent host to a 200-seat floating restaurant pavilion, which will be a definite attraction for travellers and locals alike. And if you are interested in these new features and all that Helsinki Congress Paasitorni has to offer, there really is no time to waste, as some of the hotel rooms have already been booked in advance!

For more information visit: www.paasitorni.fi

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Dipoli - Finland’s greenest congress centre Located in the heart of the scientific community of Otaniemi in Espoo and a convenient 15 minute drive away from Helsinki, Dipoli is a unique attraction featuring unusual and idiosyncratic architectural designs, and offering modifiable conference and event facilities for over a thousand attendants. As the greenest congress centre in Finland, Dipoli is tucked away in a building shaped like the paw of an animal, close to nature and away from the congestion By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Dipoli of the city centre. The Dipoli building was constructed in 1966 to be used as a student union house for the School of Science and Technology; it was designed by renowned Finnish architect Reima Pietilä, who also created Mäntyniemi, the home of the Finnish president, and his wife Raila. Pietilä’s vision of the building is without doubt unique and somehow very Finnish, as it draws a lot of inspiration from nature, animal themes, and Finnish building materials like granite and wood. Among its peculiar features are the 52 different exits,

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100 windows that are of different sizes, the lack of straight angles anywhere and the lobby that is modelled after a fox hole. The Manager of the Congress Centre, Lea Liesiö, knows that Dipoli is one of a kind and has heard customers confirm this: “Dipoli is an essential experience.” Modifiability ensures versatility In the near future, Dipoli’s ownership will move over to Aalto University, which is a merger of three Finnish universities: The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki

University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki. This bodes well for the future of the congress centre, as it will take over the organisation of the university’s networking meetings as well. Dipoli’s other clients mainly include domestic technological or scientific companies, but the experience, eagerness and capacity to cater to a larger international conference or seminar is also acutely present. With 20 conference rooms that can accommodate small gatherings of 10 people or large conferences for over a


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Snuggle up in front of the fire on a cold night.

thousand people, Dipoli’s staff has a knack for organising events to suit the specific needs of their customers, no matter what the size of the assembly. The four conference rooms on the second floor are connected by movable walls that can all be opened to create one large space. The wall mechanism makes it easy for the rooms to be separated or joined even right in the middle of a meeting. “This modifiability is another part of Dipoli’s unique richness,” says Liesiö. “And the modifiable event room is not just like any other ‘hall’, but rather it’s spacious, lovely and festive. Some have even called it the best festival hall in Finland.” Professional service The architecture and history of the building are at the forefront of the whole experience when visiting Dipoli, but these are certainly not the only memorable aspects of this venue: the general standard of

“Dipoli is an essential experience” services, staff know-how and professionalism are all extremely high. The staff is dedicated to applying a consultative sales method throughout all proceedings, so that customers can consult with the same member of staff from start to finish. “International customers are sometimes slightly worried when they first arrive here, but the praise is unbelievable, when they realise how everything is done with such precision and dedication,” says Liesiö. “This kind of positive feedback also travels fast through word of mouth.”

Four years ago, Dipoli was the first Finnish conference centre to receive the WWF Green Office certificate, making it a forerunner in environmentally friendly business ventures. Dipoli’s staff all work together to minimise the carbon footprint of their venue. In the office environment, people are encouraged to keep a close eye on their electricity, water and paper consumption. Staff members as well as customers are given instructions on proper recycling etiquette. Dipoli’s efforts might be small in the grand scale of things, but the nature that inspired its unique architecture is well worth preserving, and, in fact, more businesses should follow suit.

Green congress centre Dipoli’s excellent reputation is further complemented by its status as one of the greenest congress centres in Finland.

For more information visit: www.dipoli.tkk.fi/kongressipalvelut

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A spa fit for a king By Jonna Dagliden | Photos: Naantali Spa Hotel

Naantali Spa Hotel is the ultimate destination for relaxation with its deluxe class apartment suites and outdoor pool. Health treatments are among some of the best in Europe. Once upon a time, the water of the local spring of Viluluoto in Naantali, Finland, was thought to have miraculous healing powers. When the rumour spread, people flooded here to see for themselves if it could help them revitalise. As it turned out to be true, in the summer of 1732 a health spring was opened up as a holiday resort for the Russian Empire’s aristocracy and courtiers, other emperors, kings, and heads of state - who all saw the magical powers of the mineral water of Viluluoto. Now, almost 300 years later, 300,000 customers a year - from countries such as Japan, Sweden and central Europe - still flood here. This time the destination is Naantali Spa Hotel, a private family enterprise founded by Pekka and Ritva Niemi, who continue the healing traditions of the town. The spa is part of the Sunborn Group, which offers hotel and restaurant services, health and welfare services among other things. Naantali Spa and Ruissalo Spa in the neighboring city of Turku, are the company’s domestic hotels.

“Being a pioneer still requires continuous renewal and development” Naantali never ceases to amaze visitors when they stroll past the restored picturesque buildings in the Old Town, most of which date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. “People come here to relax and enjoy the heritage that we share with the city of Naantali,” says Marianne Hildén, international sales and marketing manager. More than 25 years have passed since Naantali Spa was built on the seaside in the Kalevanniemi of Naantali. The Spa was founded in 1984 as a recreation and therapeutic site for holidaymakers already heading here. The Spa has since had three expansions, first by two different Sunborn Yacht Hotel ship hotels in 1998 and 2002, and again most recently in 2008, when the Naantali Spa Residence Hotel and room unit was completed close to the Spa. It boasts 40 new deluxe class apartment suites, and the total capacity of rooms and apartments in Naantali Spa Hotel is now 390. The town’s healing traditions continue with the treatments. What

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would a Finnish spa be without the authentic saunas, for example? Instead of jumping in freezing water to cool down, an outdoor pool is heated to 30°C all year round – meaning guests can swim in comfort, even when the snow lies like a blanket over the town. Furthermore, natural clay and peat products have been used in health and beauty therapies for hundreds of years. Now, the spa has refined both products and processes in their new Clay and Peat Treatment suite, where guests can enjoy a cleansing and uplifting menu of treatments designed to cleanse, exfoliate, stimulate and moisturize. More modern healing procedures include facial and body therapies and massages - including jewel therapy, coffee body peeling, chocolate-cream bath and rubdown with a lotion with chocolate aroma. “Being a pioneer still requires continuous renewal and development. The goal is to

have spa services that mirror the latest trends in the industry without overlooking traditional values,” says Hildén. “These trends are visible in treatment services, the restaurant as well as room decorations.” People come here because of the heritage, but also to escape the urban environment, often from big cities like London or Tokyo. Whether it is for a business conference or for leisure, people seek the natural beauty that only this part of the world can offer. Just off the coast of Naantali lies the Saaristo Archipelago, a collection of more than 20,000 islands linked by a network of bridges and ferries. Some of the larger islands are inhabited, while others are little more than lone rocky islets, populated only by the occasional bird. To make sure future generations will also be able to experience these healing powers of Naantali, and now Turku, Sunborn is participating in a fundraising scheme

for the rescue of the surrounding archipelago. The company has agreed to cooperate with the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea and will start collecting donations from the overnight guests of Naantali and Ruissalo Spas. “We would like our customers to be able to enjoy the clear water and the fresh smell of the sea not just now, but also in the future,” says Marianne Hildén. Naantali Spa is a member of the reputable Royal Spas of Europe association. The members selected for inclusion in this association are the best spas in Europe, such as Marienbad in the Czech Republic, the Spanish Archena and Baden Baden in Germany.

For more information visit www.naantalispa.fi and www.sunbornhotels.com

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Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre

BIG IS BEAUTIFUL Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is the largest conference and exhibition venue in Finland. It is also one of the leading congress centres in Northern Europe, and a perfect venue for all types of trade shows, events and meetings. The Centre attracts over a million visitors a year, and with its ongoing expansion programme it hopes to entice even more delegates and visitors in future. By Päivi Ylänen

Helsinki is a very popular conference destination with excellent transport connections worldwide, modern facilities, good hotels and a safe, clean environment. The impressive Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is conveniently situated in Pasila, only a 15 minute drive from the airport and a short taxi ride or five minutes by the frequent commuter train services to the heart of Helsinki. The Centre has six exhibition halls, 53 meeting rooms of different sizes and a 4,400-seat auditorium, totalling over 99,000m2 of floor space. The versatile space can accommodate any event involving 100 to 13,000

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people or small meetings of as few as nine participants. The Centre offers state-of-the-art facilities with organisational skills to match. “We offer in-house solutions for all meeting and exhibition requirements, from high-class restaurant services to stateof-the-art technical amenities. Our onsite hotel offers premium accommodation a few steps away from the convention and exhibition facilities. Most importantly, our experienced staff take care of our customers from the start to the successful outcome of each event,” says Veronica

Krabbe, Congress Director of the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, adding that customer service, throughout the entire event, is their highest priority. Its facilities are versatile and modern in the Scandinavian style, offering expert, multilingual and friendly service. Clients benefit from the best audiovisual technology available. The new, very fast and safe telecommunications network is one of the most advanced exhibition and convention networks in Europe. Veronica Krabbe says that this ensures that a client gets the most out of congress presentations


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Enjoy the great atmosphere in Helsinki. Photos: Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre

and customer contacts during the event. Large international summits and high profile conferences are the centre’s speciality. The biggest event, so far, has been the International Diabetes Federation Congress with 10,000 delegates. Even with the international economic downturn, the exhibition centre organised 1,400 congresses, seminars and other events last year. The most high profile event was the ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe held in December 2008 with 2,000 participants. Its next large congress is the European Anaesthesiology Congress ESA 2010 held in June with 6,000 delegates. Veronica Krabbe stresses that the centre does not cater for the large organisations only. “The Centre has flexible facilities, suited to both large and small conventions, events and exhibitions – even small-scale face-to-face meetings find a suitable location here. We have good facilities to cater for smaller groups of 200 to 500 people. Our spacious lobby, many restaurants and

cafes complement the service, and the Holiday Inn Helsinki has 244 rooms adjacent to the exhibition centre,” she says. The Centre is well utilized, with bookings for as far ahead as 2016. The Finnish Fair Corporation, the owner of the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, has started expanding the centre’s facilities. The new 14,700m2 multipurpose hall will serve as an exhibition and congress pavilion and will be completed in autumn 2011. It is designed to merge perfectly with its surroundings, and it can be easily converted into banqueting or exhibition space or into tennis or volleyball courts, for example. The new hall can also be used to host international sports competitions such as the European Indoor Athletics Championships. “Helsinki is an attractive city for meetings and events, and the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is a natural place for events that need a whole range of flexible and multipurpose space. This is why we are carrying out our largest investment programme ever. The new,

multi-purpose hall will be completed in time for the large annual Furniture, Interior Decoration and Design Fair next year.”

Facts about Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre - 99,000m2 of highly versatile space - auditorium with seating for 4,400 - 44,000m2 of exhibition space - 6 hall areas - largest single hall 18,000m2 - conference rooms for up to 1,200 participants - 53 meeting rooms for 8-4,400 people - 11 restaurants and cafes - adjacent to the Holiday Inn Helsinki with 244 rooms - located in Pasila, 5 minutes by commuter train to the centre of Helsinki, and a 15 minute drive from Helsinki airport

For more information visit: www.finnexpo.fi Tel: +358 9 150 91 Email: congress@finnexpo.fi

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Jyväskylä: Step into the world of Alvar Aalto Like an open-air museum, the work of the "Father of Modernism", architect Alvar Aalto, is a reminder of the cultural importance of his once hometown Jyväskylä in Finland. From classicism to functionalism, architecture in brick to monumentalism, the town boasts of cutting edge buildings that range from the Säynätsalo town hall to the Municipal theatre. There is no surprise that businesses from all over the world choose the city for meetings and conferences. By Jonna Dagliden | Photos: JCB

The organisation that brings people here is the Jyväskylä Convention Bureau (JCB). It provides independent and cost-free assistance in bringing international meetings and congresses to Jyväskylä. "Whether it is a meeting in Alvar Aalto’s spirit, a day meeting and cruise for 80 people or a winter meeting in a tug boat on a frozen Jyväsjärvi lake – there is something for everyone," says Tuula Poutanen, Director at JCB. Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland, is an essential part of the city’s surroundings. The city is the proud host of world-class events including the annual Martti Ahtisaari lecture. The tenth President of the Republic of Finland, Ahtisaari was awarded both the Nobel and UNESCO peace prizes in 2008. The lecture has been given by government leaders from Finland and other countries.

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Each year the university and the University of Applied Sciences bring high-profile global conferences and events to the town. And of course, meetings here are held in style: venues include the old University campus, Seminaarinmäki, which is designed by Aalto. When it comes to facilities for conferences and special occasions Jyväskylä can offer a wide variety of options – everything from meeting rooms seating 10 people to idyllic country manors and mass events attended by 20,000 people. Jyväskylä Paviljonki is truly a versatile congress and trade fair centre in the heart of Finland. Paviljonki provides superb facilities for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs as well as diverse entertainment events. Paviljonki provides comprehensive, all-inclusive meeting services. The speciality is the unique au-

ditorium seating 1,200. It can be transformed into 3 separate auditoriums providing seating for 600, 300 and a further 300 delegates. Several other lecture and meeting rooms complete the facilities, and are admirably suitable for hosting all kinds of events. The meeting rooms, exhibition halls and restaurants are all under the same roof – right in the city centre. For the more daring, Jyväskylä is also the venue for the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship. Currently known as Neste Oil Rally Finland, it has been voted the best rally in the world on several occasions. Last year the event attracted 300,000 spectators.

For further information visit: www.jcb.fi


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Experience the authentic Finnish countryside By Nia Kajastie

Maatilamatkailu Peräkangas (Rural Tourism Peräkangas) is a family business located in the serene and scenic town of Lapua in Western Finland. There on a farm, in the middle of the atmospheric countryside and surrounded by herding cows, lies a rustic villa that can serve as an idyllic venue for a relaxing holiday in the great outdoors, a delightful party or celebration, or a unique business meeting. Sisko and Kalevi Peräkangas founded the business in 1997 as an additional income to their dairy farm, and built a spacious new villa for guest accommodation. Current owners, Jarmo Peräkangas and Marlena Tuomela, are the next generation to take over the family trade, and they are continuing on the same path of high quality customer service and one-of-a-kind experiences close to nature.

Maatilamatkailu Peräkangas consists of the large timber villa that can accommodate 10-15 people and an extra outbuilding for 4-6 people that is only used in the summer season. As popular and fascinating specialities, the facilities also include a smoke sauna and a wooden bath barrel. In addition, there are endless possibilities for different activities in the adjoining woods and lakes, as you can go swimming, fishing, skiing or even set up a

paintball game. “The demand for our services has been growing rapidly,” says Jarmo Peräkangas. “Accordingly, we are looking into adding more accommodation space, as well as working with other travel organisations to create new developments.” For further information visit: www.maatilamatkailuperakangas.com


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20 years as Finland’s top congress centre By Anne Line Kaxrud | Photos: Tampere Hall

Tampere Hall is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and can look back at a successful history as a national and international hub for conferences, exhibitions and concerts. About two hours North of Helsinki lies Tampere, the home of the largest concert and congress centre in the Nordic Countries. With auditoriums seating anything from 24 to 2,000 guests, Tampere Hall has hosted conferences with celebrities like Bill Clinton and the Princess of Thailand as keynote speakers. The hall also hosts exhibitions, usually connected to the conferences, as well as big parties, while the concert programme can offer world stars from classical music, opera and ballet, to pop and rock concerts. “Most of our conference clients are associates of the local universities here. We

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therefore host many academic conferences, mainly in the fields of medicine, technology and social sciences,” says Erika Eischer, the Head of the Congress Department, while emphasising that other clients are also most welcome. “The majority of our clients are national organisations, but we have already hosted more than 300 international conferences, among them a number of EU meetings and world congresses,” says Eischer. In addition to professional events, they also organise smaller trade fairs for the public, like wedding and antiquities shows, among others. “These exhibitions are particularly popular among the locals,” she notes. The hall recently won the title as Finland’s best congress hall for the fourth time, which creates certain expectations. “We are of course very proud of these awards, but it is also a constant challenge

to maintain the high quality, and fulfil the wishes of our customers,” Eischer admits. There are more than just the hall facilities that attract customers, however; Tampere Hall is situated in Tampere, a relatively small town where everything is around the corner, which is beneficial when hosting international conferences. “It is very convenient, as we know all the local restaurants, hotels and shops, and can therefore help the guests with more than the conference itself. Additionally, there is an international airport here, which makes the travel easy,” emphasises Eischer.

For further information visit: www.tampere-talo.fi


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Discover the wild wonders of the Finnish Archipelago

Archipelago Booking of Finland Ltd provides a central booking system for cottages, villas and other accommodation in the Finnish archipelago so you can explore the surrounding area of Turku. They also arrange guided tours, fishing trips, kayaking or biking tours, sailing and nature trips to the outer archipelago and the National Park. Pirjo Hoffström, managing director, is an expert on the area and she explains that the archipelago of south-western Finland is unique, not only because of its many islands but also because the archipelago as well as the city of Turku were home to some of the earliest populations and therefore is a truly historical area.

Text by Emelie Krugly

Why not book a seaside cottage with fishing facilities and sauna or order a holiday package including different activities in Turku and the archipelago such as island hopping packages, sauna experiences or The Archipelago Nature School where you can study nature more thoroughly?

The archipelago was inhabited after the islands emerged from the sea and ever since the ice age, people have been living there. The environment is a cultured landscape with its special plants, formed by the cows and sheep grazing there. In winter there is ice and living conditions are very different from the summer. And the choices of places to visit are many. “We arrange tours to visit many interesting places, for example to Bengtskär, the highest lighthouse in Scandinavia or a replica of a Viking village on the island of Rosala. But the nature experi-

ence is the best we can offer; you can pick berries and mushrooms and enjoy wild food,” says Pirjo Hoffström. The peak season is in July, starting from midsummer to the beginning of August. “We welcome foreign visitors especially in August, the sea is warm and the Finns have returned to work and schools and we have a lot of free space,” says Pirjo Hoffström. For further information visit: www.suomensaaristovaraus.fi

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Aalborg – the fastest city-break Make the most of the weekend on a City Break to Aalborg – a top destination at the top of Denmark. Just a two hour flight with Norwegian from London Gatwick you will find Aalborg - gateway to North Jutland's fantastic nature and the city itself has plenty to offer whether your preference is for culture, shopping or clubbing. By Visit Aalborg

Aalborg is a multi-faceted city - full of contrasts. It is grand on a manageable scale and all the major city attractions are concentrated within easy distance. From fast-paced fun to peaceful oases. From a foaming draft beer to sublime gastronomy. From the Viking era to the Middle Ages, to modern art. As an added attraction, the countryside around Aalborg is inviting and beautiful. Gastronomical experiences Famed for Aquavit, Aalborg is both quirky and chic with more restaurants and bars per resident than any other town in Denmark. There is something to suit everyone’s palate and pocket. From the cream coloured interior and international fusion

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style of Mortens Kro to Nordens Folkekøkken based on the classical Nordic cuisine cooked in new ways with local herbs and berries. Down at the harbour you can find Prinses Juliana, a floating seafood and gourmet restaurant in the former Dutch training ship named after Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in 1932. Sporting the longest continuous stretch of restaurants, pubs, cafes, live-music venues and bars, Jomfru Ane Gade is the perfect place to kick-start a weekend. Art and culture in Aalborg For art lovers visit 'Kunsten' – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg. Experience the in-

triguing architecture designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and see the COBRApaintings by Danish artist Asger Jorn in the permanent exhibitition. The new Utzon Centre designed by famous Danish architect Jørn Utzon (best known for building Australia’s Sydney Opera) offers a fascinating display of contemporary Danish and International art and design. The new art centre, Nordkraft Cultural Centre, on the city's harbour front is a vibrant house where many different cultural and sports players inspire and enrich each other and offer the public great cultural experiences. For further information visit: www.visitaalborg.com


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The Utzon Waterfront Sydney has its world-famous opera house on the waterfront designed by Jørn Utzon. Now Aalborg has its own waterfront masterpiece designed by that very same Utzon. By Visit Aalborg

At a time when Aalborg is redefining its identity in terms of culture and tourism, through outstanding architecture and the redevelopment of the harbor front, the city is uniquely fortunate in that it can present the work of a great Nordic Master of Modern architecture, Jørn Utzon – who actually grew up in Aalborg. Architectural light The way of sculpting with light can be seen in the work of Jørn Utzon, most dramatically in the design of the interiors of the auditorium, “spidsgatterhallen”, and the library of the Utzon Centre. Jørn Utzon was preoccupied with light, inspired by nature, fascinated by the ideas of ancient architecture and all his work is

characterized by a humane approach. Utzon and Aalborg Shipyards One of Utzon’s biggest influences was boatbuilding. Utzon’s father Aage was an engineer and naval architect at the shipyards in Aalborg. He was well-known all over the world for designing yachts characterized by their speed and the distinctive curvature of their sterns. These were known as “Spidsgatter”. It was Jørn Utzon’s early experience of working with his father that would later give him the formal language and self-confidence to create the huge boat-like roof-shells of the Sydney Opera House. It was, therefore, appropriate for the Utzon Centre to be built on the harbor front of his hometown of Aalborg. It was, of

course, this maritime environment that inspired his early development. Utzon did not want the Utzon Centre to be a museum. He wanted it to be an active and dynamic public venue for the display, development and discussion of architecture, design and art. Aalborg’s new image The Utzon Center does not only give people a place to be on the Aalborg harbourfront, but, like Sydney’s opera house, it will come to define the identity of the city. It will help put Aalborg firmly on the international architectural map. For further information visit: www.utzoncenter.com

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Aalborg Storcenter gives you plenty of shops to choose from.

AALBORG STORCENTER Aalborg Storcenter was established as the first mall in the northern part of Jutland in 1996, a few miles south of Aalborg City. After its opening, the Shopping Centre became a regional attraction and a powerful player in the retail market. Today, the Storcenter has become one of the main attractions in Aalborg, called City Syd (South City) and it is surrounded by more than 100 specialist shops, attracting more than 6 million visitors a year with 6,000 free parking spots. You can spend an entire day visiting outlets, shops for pets, hardware, furniture, sports, golf, garden centres and much more. “Just name it and you’ll find it here,” says Preben Bjerregard, director of Aalborg Storcenter, pointing out that you will find 65 specialist shops alongside Denmark’s

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largest warehouse Bilka within almost 50,000 exciting square metres.

“Our staff always walk the

extra mile in order to satisfy our customers”

This makes Aalborg Storcenter a world of fashion, lifestyle, personal care, coffee shops, snack bars, restaurants and of course exciting shops for the kids. And there is also a new IKEA in the area, which alone attracts more than one million customers a year. And customers need never feel lost in the huge warehouse. “Our staff always walk the extra mile in order to satisfy our customers,” says Preben Bjerregard.

By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Aalborg Storcenter

Throughout the year Aalborg Storcenter hosts a variety of activities such as Fashion shows, exhibitions and castings for its 30,000 daily visitors which mean that it can get really busy. “It can get a bit crowded at times, especially around Christmas and the summer holiday season, when we have many Norwegian, Swedish and German tourists visiting us. We look forward to seeing you and your family in the near future,” says Preben Bjerregard. Aalborg Storcenter is located near Aalborg City, close to hotels, the airport and highways. For further information visit: www.astc.dk


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In addition to their artistic quality, some of the works also tell fascinating stories. The Danish surrealist painter Wilhelm Freddie, for instance, was barred from entering Germany during the Nazi era because of a single painting. Another of Wilhelm Freddie’s works was confiscated by Danish police in 1936 because of its “pornographic nature,” and later contributed to an entire redefinition of the legal term, pornography. Both works are on display in the museum. A building with unique characteristics The Kunsten building was built between 1968-1972 by Elissa and Alvar Aalto and Jean Jacques Barnel.

KUNSTEN – the result of a master architect

They made the museum world famous by the unique use of natural light and the mobile partition wall system that makes the building change character depending on the requirements of each individual exhibition.

By Charlotte Ågren | Photos: Michael Damsgaard

Do you go to an art museum for the sole purpose of looking at ‘art’? Not necessarily, if you visit Kunsten – museum of modern art. It’s the product of a master architect’s vision, and you see it immediately as you approach. The art at Kunsten is a mixture between modern and contemporary art and with 1,500 permanent paintings and sculptures from the twentieth century and forward, the museum is one of Aalborg’s main attractions.

“The central gallery at Kunsten has been furnished as a private home, in which the works of art are displayed as elements in a home,” says Gitte. Kunsten’s extensive collection of Fluxus art has been used as well as other works which have long been in store. These have now been brought out and displayed in a new setting.

Encircled by a sculpture park, an amphitheatre and a grassy terrace, the building rises to meet the adjoining hillside. “The result is that local natives, as well as tourists, flock to the museum not only to view its unique collection of modern and contemporary art, but to explore the fantastic building and its surroundings,” says Gitte. Visit the museum all year around.

The experience starts immediately when you approach the 6,000sq m building. The museum has four permanent collections and a few different exhibitions every year. The Danish artist J.F. Willumsen occupies a central place in the permanent collection, which also boasts a fine selection of works by artists from the first half of the 20th century. The museum also has a few exhibitions every year and this spring they show “The home of art” created by the curator of the museum, Gitte Ørskou.

For further information visit: www.kunsten.dk

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Nordkraft in Aalborg – the new cultural power house By Cecilie Jacobsen | Photos: Visit Aalborg

You will never be short of things to do in Aalborg. With the new sports and cultural center Nordkraft, music, theater and sports are on offer every day and night of the week in a spectacular building which used to be an old power plant. Nordkraft, with the total space of 30,000 square metres, is Aalborg’s new cultural power house. It is home to a broad range of cultural institutions ranging from theaters, to art schools, cinemas and sports clubs, a café and a library. With Nordkraft the citizens of Aalborg now have access to the best sports and cultural activities under one roof. The first of its kind Nordkraft is the first of its kind – perhaps in the entire world, since the cultural power house combines both sports and culture.

“The interest for Nordkraft has been overwhelming and I think this has to do with the unique building which stands out in Aalborg” Bo Jeppesen, who is the chairman of the board of Nordkraft, explains the visions for Nordkraft: “We wanted to create a place where a synergy between culture and sports could be created and a place that could house both spare time hobbies and cultural events. We went to visit several places all over the world, but never found somewhere that did just that. Nordkraft is therefore the first of its kind in the world.” Nordkraft was from 1945 up until 1995 a power plant but since being closed down the building was abandoned and ramshackle. The architect group Cubo has now changed that and Nordkraft has undergone a total renovation where the historic elements from 50 years of power production have been kept. A huge success The citizens of Aalborg are already thrilled about Nordkraft. With more than 15,000 guided tours since its opening in the autumn last year, Nordkraft is already a huge success. “The interest for Nordkraft has been overwhelming and I think this has to do with the unique building which stands out in Aalborg. It rises 50 metres into the air and has a huge body mass,” says Bo Jeppesen.

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Nordkraft cost 380 million Danish kroner to build, of which the council of Aalborg paid 85 million. Other investors include DGI (Denmarks’ sports and gymnastic association), Skråen (a regional music venue) and several other stakeholders.

The residents of ”Nordkraft” include among others: The music union “Skråen”, Jomfru Ane Teateret, Aalborg Kulturskole and Den Rytmiske Dag-og aftenskole as well as Aalborgs Kickboxing Club, Jydsk Håndbold Forbund and the gymnastic union, DGI – just to mention a few.

In constant development

Skråen: www.skraaen.dk Biffen Art Cinema: www.biffen-aalborg.dk Kunsthal Nord - KunstVærket: www.kunstvaerket.dk KUL: www.kuldnordkraft.dk

Another vision for Nordkraft is that it is to be in constant development. Bo Jeppesen explains that this is both a wish and an objective: “We are constantly working on expanding the circle of stakeholders. Diversity is essential not just in terms of the variety of activities offered but also time-wise since we want the house to be used all day long,” he says. Corporate service apartments are still up for sale at Nordkraft and it is expected that the last available space of the power house will be filled with new residents later this year. When the house is up and running it is estimated that 75 stakeholders with a total of 500-600 employees will have their base in Nordkraft.

For more details about the many clubs and associations take a look here:

Dreamhouse: www.dreamhouse.dk Aalborg Universitets Idrætsuddannelser: www.studieguide.aau.dk Azzurra Nordkraft: www.azzurra.dk DGI: www.dgi.dk Fokus Folkeoplysning: www.fokus-folkeoplysning.dk Ålborg Bibliotekerne: www.aalborgbibliotekerne.dk SIFA: www.sifa.dk Den Rytmiske Dag - og Aftenskole: www.den-rytmiske-aalborg.dk Ålborg Sportskarate: www.sportskarate.dk Ålborg Kickboxing Klub: www.akbk.dk

For further information visit: www.nordkraft.dk

Ålborg Kulturskole: www.denmusiskeskole.dk

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Friis Centeret – Aalborg’s new shopping centre On 23 March 2010, the citizens of Aalborg got a new place to shop. Friis Centeret opened in the middle of the town centre and with more than 50 shops, a hotel, fitness centre and 850 parking spaces, there is plenty to choose from. By Cecilie Jacobsen | Photo: Friis Centeret

Friis Centeret is designed by the architects C.F. Møller and had an overwhelming 150,000 visitors in the first week of opening. They had the opportunity to check out new concept stores as well as the hotel and fitness centre which is located within the 64,000 square metre centre. Anton Hessellund, from the company A. Enggaard A/S who are the entrepreneurs behind the centre, explains how they came up with the idea for the centre to attract new concepts to Aalborg. “The ambition for the new centre has been to create a natural hub for trends and concepts. It is for everybody who wants a good shopping experience combined with the charm of Aalborg. We have tried to create the centre as a thought-through unity which fits into the town’s architecture, size and mix of stores,” he says and

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is for everybody who wants “Ita good shopping experience combined with the charm of Aalborg”

that this proves that it is possible to keep retail businesses in the smaller provincial cities in Denmark by creating new and exciting shopping possibilities. He is hoping that other smaller towns will follow, so that retail business does not only grow in Denmark’s larger cities.

emphasizes that the shopping centre does not ruin the townscape of Aalborg. Friis Centeret has attracted new concept stores from G-star Raw and Monkey and the owner of the famous restaurant Mortens Kro has opened a new steakhouse in the centre. It is possible to buy anything from toys, and sportswear, to shoes and numerous brands of clothes from the 50 shops in the centre. So far the Friis Center has been a huge success and Anton Hessellund believes

The Friis center is developed by the entrepreneur company A. Enggaard A/S from Aalborg. It is owned by Danica who also owns 15 other shopping centres in Denmark. The company Steen and Strøm runs the centre. For further information visit: www.enggaard.dk


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Carnival – costumes, music, rhythms and dance from all corners of the world

The Carnival is the largest in Northern Europe with up to 25,000 participants in the Grand Parade and more than 100,000 spectators marvelling at the the magnificent wave of colours, impressive costumes, music, rhythms and dance from all corners of the world. The carnival is taking place on 29 May but warms up on 28 May with visits from international carnival groups. The first Carnival in Aalborg was held in the centre of Aalborg on May 28, 1983. The parade consisted of 5-10,000 participants and has grown steadily ever since. “What makes Aalborg Carnival different to others is that everyone can be a part of it,

Text by Emelie Krugly

Are you up for an amazing experience? Do you want to celebrate life? Do you want to do something fun and memorable? Then the Aalborg Carnival is the event you do not want to miss.

there is no dress code, nor do you need to sign up in advance. It’s very much a spontaneous event giving much freedom, creating our unique identity,” says Klaus Bystrup, Chief Executive Officer and adds: “You are the entertainer - the street is your stage!” The theme for this year is Mars & Venus

women from Venus. At this year’s event, the sexes and planets collide! Let your imagination go beyond to places where it has never been before.

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Haraldslund – Aalborg’s new cultural house

At the newly renovated Haraldslund you can do it all: swim, take a steam bath, have a massage, join a fitness class, drink coffee, surf the Internet or just read your daily paper – all at very affordable prices. Haraldslund was originally built as a public swimming pool back in 1969 and is designed by the architect Jacob Blegvad. 30 years later the place was in serious need of renovation and in 2002, Haraldslund was reborn as a modern cultural house now offering so many activities that it is hard to choose. Centre manager Jan Frederiksen explains about turning the center into a multicultural house: “Haraldslund is owned by the council and it should therefore benefit everybody in

Kystens Perle After a long day exploring Aalborg, you don’t want to miss the chance to relax and enjoy quality Danish food together with a glass of wine at restaurant “Kystens Perle”, ideally located by the marina.

Text by Cecilie Jacobsen

There is no need to pay big bucks for wellbeing anymore. If you happen to be in Aalborg, you can pop down to the newly renovated cultural house Haraldslund for the full treatment.

the town. We wanted to do that by offering, among many other things, well-being at affordable prices and thereby do something good for the citizens of Aalborg,” he says. Today, Haraldslund offers conference facilities, fitness with more than 70 classes per week, sauna, steam bath, a children’s area, Internet café, a library – and there is more to come. The latest invention is a large

outdoor area which currently is under construction. The new area will include a heated pool and a spa, a fitness area, camp fires and deck chairs to be used all year round. For further information visit: www.haraldslund.com

– tradition by the marina The red picturesque house is lying next to the water with seating for up to 170 people, both inside for the rainy days and outside during the hot summer days. On the menu you will find fish, seafood and meat that are prominent parts of any traditional

By Charlotte Ågren

Danish dish. Another dish typical in Denmark is Æggekage (egg cake) – that is similar to an omelette, but made with flour so that it rises slightly. “We believe that the combination of the best goods, quality food and beautiful surroundings will make the dining a real experience,” says Tina Stenderup, owner of Kystens Perle since 2006. The restaurant opened almost one hundred years ago and is one of Aalborg’s best kept houses, so it was obvious to keep it as it was built, only to renovate the kitchen and toilets. You will find the restaurant by the water, just a 20 minute walk from the city centre. For further information visit: www.kystensperle.com

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Comwell Aspenäs

Hotel of the Month, Sweden:

Comwell Aspenäs – friendly and flexible service Situated by the lake Aspen and only 20 minutes away from Gothenburg and Landvetter airport, Comwell Aspenäs offers beautiful and relaxing settings for both business and leisure visitors. Text by Sara Schedin

“Comwell Aspenäs combines historic charm with modern amenities as we have turned it into a modern meeting place, but we have also made sure to preserve its historical beauty,” says manager Carina Gustavsson. The manor house has been run by Comwell since 2000 but its history dates as far back as the 16th century. The manor you see today was built in 1823 by Johan Von Holten. His successor was the wholesaler Arthur Seaton who built a beautiful English park and gardens, where

he kept exotic animals and threw extravagant parties for invited celebrities. For anyone and everyone The manor offers excellent settings for meetings and conferences as well as parties and weddings. The vast area is perfect for anything from large conference groups to small birthday parties. It has its own wedding coordinator and is a popular venue for weddings. “Our guests always say that this would be the perfect setting for a wedding and many choose to have both their wedding cermony and reception here,” says Gustavsson. An array of activities The 181-bed manor and its various conference houses offer an array of both relaxing and more challenging activities, depending on what you are in the mood for. “You can go for a walk or run in the sur-

rounding forest and gardens. Enjoy a workout at the manor's fitness centre or have a drink on the manor terrace, whilst enjoying the stunning view of the lake,” says Gustavsson. In addition to this the manor also has saunas, Jacuzzis, a library, pool tables and darts. “For our conference guests we arrange activties such as lectures and wine tastings, as well as a wide variety of outdoor activities,” says Gustavsson. For anyone who wants to have a day of shopping and culture, Sweden's second largest city Gothenburg is only a short car drive away. A perfect ending to the day would be dinner at the manor's own restaurant which offers an eclectic menu with excellent food. For further information visit: www.aspenas-herrgard.se

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Hotel Yöpuu

Hotel of the Month, Finland:

The exquisite Hotel Yöpuu Hotel Yöpuu & Restaurant Pöllöwaari offers its guests a memorable and unique experience. Each of the hotel’s rooms is individualy decorated and styled. The aim is to create a welcoming atmosphere, guaranteed by the professional staff. By Emelie Krugly | Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Yöpuu

flavours follow seasonal variation. Finnish meat, fish and vegetables are often sourced regionally and are the heart of the menu.

Hotel Yöpuu has been running for 21 years within a charming 1920s building, located in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, 147 kilometres north-east of Tampere on the northern coast of lake Päijänne. “We have an ideal location in the centre of Jyväskylä. All the essential sights of Jyväskylä are in close proximity and the restaurant offers an experience not to be missed,” says Katriina Pilppula, director of Hotel Yöpuu. 26 individual rooms are available, including two elegant suites, 13 double/twin rooms and 11 single rooms. One suite has a private sauna and another, a two-person tub. A restaurant provides high-class fine dining; there are also good meeting facilities for small groups. The hotel also caters for weddings with especially decorated honeymoon suites for wedding couples.

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“We are a small hotel and are very popular throughout the whole year. Almost 30% of our quests are international but most come from Europe,” says Katriina Pilppula and adds: “Jyväskylä has a lot to offer throughout the year, such as fishing, golfing, boating, cross country skiing, ice hole swimming, and skating for example.” In the hotel’s restaurant, head chef Jukka Kyllönen at the Pöllöwaari restaurant cooks aesthetically beautiful, fresh and high quality food. Raw materials and

Katriina Pilppula explains that the head chef and his team value domestic ingredients but are also keen to use the fascinating tastes of the world. Ingredients are joined with garnitures and sauces that are inspired by international styles and tastes. And the wines are also very special: “Our sommelier Ulla Häkkinen selects wines, each with its own story. The selection is composed of classic European and New World wines. They are mostly organic or biodynamic wines created by small interesting producers and are selected from their best vintages,” says Katriina Pilppula. For further information visit: www.hotelliyopuu.fi


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Scan Magazine | Inn of the Month | Ballebro Færgekro

Inn of the Month, Denmark:

The historic Ballebro Færgekro Wake up in beautiful rooms with a view to the sea, have your meeting or conference in a majestic hall and enjoy dishes from a delicate menu at the historic Ballebro Færgekro. By Cecilie Jacobsen | Photo: Courtesy of Ballebro Færgekro

Located in southern Jutland in Denmark, Ballebro Færgekro is one of four historic inns in Denmark and a member of both the Association for Historic Hotels in Denmark and Europe. All the interior décor is old-style furniture and paintings which underline the historic tradition in a part of Denmark where a lot of dramatic history has taken place. This allows visitors a unique experience whether they come to dine, have a romantic get-away, partici-

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pate in a conference, get married or have their child’s confirmation. A long and old history Ballebro Færgekro was built in 1729 as a farm close to the ferry and in 1870 a licence was issued to make this an inn. Back then thousands of travelers rested and ate a good meal here before they boarded the ferry to the Island of Als. Ballebro Færgekro has since then been

run by several tenants before it was bought by businessman Hans Michael Jepsen, who restored it from 1993 to 1996. During the restoration period, old pictures and paintings were kept and stories were studied, so that respect was paid to the old, original style. Today tenant Peter Phillip runs Ballebro Færgekro with his wife Tina and he explains that the Inn is the place where his-


tory meets great nature, making it a perfect place for excursions. Both Peter and Tina Phillipp have a background in the hotel industry but decided, because of odd shifts, to work together at Ballebro Færgekro more than ten years ago. Moving from the capital Copenhagen to the countryside in Jutland was quite an upheaval, but looking back it has been worth all the hard work. Just being able to spend time together in such beautiful surroundings is a treat itself, explains Peter Phillipp. Personalised conferences Ballebro Færgekro offers a huge variety of services here among the conference rooms and they cater for large and small conventions. “What really differentiates us from the larger hotels is that we offer intimacy and personality because the staff is never more than a door away,” says Peter Phillipp and points out that that the largest conference room can sit up to 150 people and has all the modern equipment that is needed to make a conference successful. It is possible to buy a conference package that includes all meals and there are 11 rooms if guests need to spend the night. For Peter and Tina Phillipp running Ballebro Færgekro is all about the hosting. “We love to be in contact with our guests and see it as our mission to ensure that our guests get that personal and warm experience when they stay at Ballebro,” says Peter Phillipp.

Peter and Tina Phillipp

dishes are prepared using good, Danish ingredients and they are prepared by a team of excellent chefs.

and warm and welcoming hosts, a perfect place to have your next business meeting, take your family out or have a break with that special someone.

Ballebro Færgekro is altogether, with its beautiful surroundings, excellent food,

Food for every taste At Ballebro Færgekro you can spoil your taste buds with fine wine and great dining as Tina and Peter Phillipp have developed a menu which allows both traditional and gourmet dining. You can therefore dig into a traditional prawn cocktail or a fillet of plaice or spoil yourself with lamb shank, smoked duck and white chocolate mousse while you hear the clucking water from the sea in the background. All Ballebro Færgekro’s

Read much more about Ballebro Færgekro and make your booking at www.ballebro.dk

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Scan Magazine | Travel | Tailor-made trips to paradise

Tailor-made trips to paradise All work and no play? Unsure of where to find a really special exclusive holiday destination? A Copenhagen-based consultancy is setting up in the UK to help you getaway on the trip of a lifetime By Ian Welsh | Photos: Courtesy of Peacock Travel

Operating at the top-end of the travel market, Peacock Travel provides a bespoke service for its busy clients, who want the perfect holiday. The company offers tailor-made trips, incorporating expert knowledge of the best places to go and a complete service covering every detail of the holiday, from home to destination and back again. Peacock’s founder Hans Henrik Obel has been working in the travel industry for

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over 20 years. He says the company has found its niche, providing the attentive and comprehensive service that its busy Scandinavian clients want – someone to manage their holiday from start to finish, and ensure that every detail is taken care of. Peacock’s service is based around working very closely with its clients to first establish the type of holiday experience they want and second using the vast experience of the companies travel consultants

to find the right transport, destination and accommodation. Obel says: “For our clients we are just like an accountant or a lawyer: we provide a professional service. We understand what they want and when they want it. Typically our clients provide some ideas about where they would like to go – whether it’s Bali, Morocco, the US or Kenya – and then we are able to make suggestions. We have put a lot of work


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into finding the right faraway places, the luxurious niche hotels and resorts.” As Obel points out, anyone can book a hotel, but for the best experience it’s important to get the right room. “We know which is the right room. We have personal contacts with the management of the best hotels. And if we don’t actually know them ourselves, then we know someone who does,” he says. Where to go, and when So where are the top destinations this year? Obel says it all depends on when you want to take a trip. This summer Peacock has some new recommendations for its clients in southern Europe. Obel says: “Every year we look for some exciting new hideaways

and this year we’ve found beautiful destinations in Cyprus, Italy and Portugal.”

the right guide matched to what the client wants is very important.”

“We have personal contacts with the management of the best hotels”

For a further flung holiday, particularly to escape the winter weather, Peacock specialises in arranging trips to the Indian Ocean and Africa. The latter is a particular favourite of Obel’s.

Travelling to some of the world’s most beautiful cities is, unsurprisingly, very popular. “Many of our Scandinavian clients choose to travel to Italy, and most of these want to visit Rome and Florence,” Obel says. Of course, taking a trip to these historic centres is about more than just a hotel experience. “We provide personal guides to get the most out of what these beautiful cities have to offer. And getting

“You can see Africa in so many ways. Why not take a helicopter trip from Johannesburg to Nairobi stopping off at all the highlights on the way: a fantastic experience. Or take a very luxurious train – the African equivalent of the Orient Express – for an eight-week journey of a lifetime from Dar as Salaam to Johannesburg,” Obel says. Peacock can also organise more regular safari holidays – not just the spectacular.

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Hans Henrik Obel, founder of Peacock Travel. Photos: Yiannis Katsaris

Whatever you prefer, though, Obel recommends Tanzania. “That’s the real Africa. There are big plains with no fences. To get the best experience it is definitely Tanzania,” he says.

first two with jet lag. Our hard-working clients can really only take up to ten days off at a time so the Indian Ocean is a convenient destination for them,” Obel says. The Scandinavian touch

Idyllic islands The Indian Ocean islands also have a lot to offer. Obel says: “Mauritius is a great place for young families. The entire island is set up to cater for children and there are lots of things for them to do. Of course, there is a lovely climate all year round.” For some of the best scuba diving in the world, the Maldives is the place to visit, Obel says. And a holiday in the Seychelles “is like being in Paradise on Earth”. A particular benefit of Africa and the Indian Ocean is that the flights from northern Europe are north/south, so there is no jet lag compared, for example, with travelling to south-east Asia. “If you’re on a tenday holiday you don’t want to spend the

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What is it that makes Peacock’s Scandinavian clients different from, for example, UK travellers? Obel says that it’s a matter of “how you want your holiday experience”. Scandinavians prefer shorter trips, for example, but want more activities while on holiday. “We specialise in providing an expert service for the Scandinavian community. As a Scandinavian company we are able to provide the service levels they want.” Peacock is establishing a UK presence so that it can work more effectively with UK-based clients. “We can go and see clients to discuss their next holiday. It’s part of the personal service we provide,” Obel says. Whether it’s for a holiday of a lifetime or

just a regular exclusive get-away, Obel stresses that “an agreement with Peacock Travel is an agreement. We don’t mess around, and provide only the best customer service. Anyone can book a hotel, but we know the best places and can make a holiday a fantastic experience.”

For more information go to www.peacocktravel.co.uk or call Hans Henrik Obel on 01372 475802.


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Restaurant of the Month:

Molskroen: Enjoy great gourmet food in a relaxing atmosphere With black lobsters, salted haddock and banana cake with liquorice on the menu, Molskroen Restaurant is already a top-rated gourmet restaurant. Now the restaurant also houses Denmark’s Chef of the Year, Tommy Friis. By Anne Line Kaxrud | Photos: Courtesy of Molskroen

About an hour northwest of Aarhus, on the coast on East Jutland lies Molskroen. It is renowned for its Danish-inspired delicacies, concocted by Denmark’s new number one chef, Tommy Friis. Aiming for the World Championship “It’s been a very good year so far. After five attempts at the Danish Championship, with second place last year, it felt good to win,” says Tommy Friis about the competition in January. He won over the judges with his menu consisting of trout in aromatic oils, smoked leg of lamb with almonds, and chocolate crests in a nest. The chef is now aiming to compete for the World Championship Bocuse d’Or.

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“My goal is to win the Bocuse d’Or, but for the next couple of years I will focus on the restaurant and my family”, says Tommy, who admits that it is challenging

“People often come here to get away from normal life” to combine life as a chef with a 1½ year old daughter and wife. 12 to 17-hour days do not leave much time for anything but the kitchen. “It is tough. Competitions have to come first, while family comes second,” he says.

There is no doubt that being a chef is demanding, and Friis emphasises that you have to have a passion for food. “You have to be passionate about it, and have fun while cooking. For me competing is like cycling or playing football,” he says and continues “and you definitely need to be competitive. You must want to win, second places doesn’t count.” Lobster at work – sandwich at home Friis was about 10 years old when he decided he wanted to be a chef, and was already by then a frequent user of the kitchen at home. At 17 he started as a trainee at a restaurant with a menu he


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characterises as “quick and unhealthy”. Since then he has worked his way up, and has now worked at Molkroen for three years. Friis, however, knows how to leave his apron at work.

Molskroen Restaurant Open Monday to Sunday: Breakfast:12.00 to 15.00 High Tea:14.00 to 16.30 Dinner: 18.00 to 21.00 Capacity: about 40 guests

“When I am at home I eat ordinary food, gladly a cheese and ham sandwich. We do go out and eat rather often, as when I am not working I don’t want to be cooking and washing up, which I do five days a week,” he says, but does have some advice to people who would like to try out a gourmet meal in their own kitchen. “First of all, you must make good preparations beforehand, and have plenty of time so you don’t stress. You are meant to be happy while cooking. Then always remember to taste the food while making it, and season well. Also, making food is actually a brilliant thing to do with the family, that way you socialise and save time,” he says, and notes: “Everybody can do this.” Gourmet and Relax For those who still prefer to eat gourmet food cooked by professionals, Molskroen is a good choice. The restaurant dates

Prices: Breakfast from £15 - £47 Dinner menu from £62 - £97

Contact details: Molskroen, Hovedgaden 16, Femmøller Strand, 8400 Ebeltoft, Denmark. Tel. +45 8636 2200

Tommy Friis, Chef of the Year, Denmark

back to 1932, and is known as one of Denmark’s top gourmet restaurants. With specialities like salted haddock and truffle in lemon infusion, Molskroen has specialised in traditional Danish cuisine with an innovative touch. For the second year in a row Molskroen is pre-nominated to the annual Live and Eat 2010 prize (Årets Bo og Spis 2010) by the Gudme Raaschou Guide, the first and most significant Danish restaurant guide.

For further information: www.molskroen.dk

And, people come to Molskroen for more than its gourmet food and good wine. It is also a great place to come and relax. Situated in the countryside and with a panorama view over the ocean, it is the perfect place for a weekend-get-away, as Molskroen also consists of a hotel-and conference centre. “People often come here to get away from normal life,” says chef Tommy Friis, before heading back to the pans.

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Peter Straarup, CEO, Danske Bank:

“We will never see a crisis like this again” Peter Straarup, CEO, Danske Bank was in London in March this year at a special event for private banking customers. Interview by Cecilie Jacobsen

The conference was held on the top floor of the famous and fabulous Gherkin building in London, and both the refreshments and the view were just marvelous. Peter Straarup, CEO, Danske Bank, spoke to Danske Bank’s private banking customers and made it clear that the bank, despite the global financial crisis, is still a stable bank which extends credit to its customers. SCAN Magazine caught up with Mr. Straarup for a chat about the financial crisis. How has Danske Bank experienced the financial crisis?

tomers, so that we provide the best service. However, a financial crisis like this will take a long time to overcome and we will be able to feel the aftermath for years to come. What will it take for a crisis like this not to happen again? We will never have a completely similar crisis like this again. The financial institutions have taken action to prevent this from happening. Changes have also been made on a legislative level, which makes it impossible for a crisis of this dimension to occur again. It is, however, never possible to avoid the fluctuations of the market.

Peter Straarup, CEO, Danske Bank

The crisis has been extremely hard and unprecedented of course. It has caused great losses for both our private and business customers, who have experienced problems and hard times. The crisis has by far been the most severe we have ever experienced in the financial sector. What action has Danske Bank taken to rectify the crisis? We have increased capital and we have also entered a dialogue with our cus-

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Scan Business | Feature | CSR

Anders Grundberg, managing Partner, London, McGuireWoods LLP

It is all about responsibility Business and companies all over the world do it: practise corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR can take many forms, but essentially it is all about acting responsibly for the impact of activities on the environment, consumers, employees and communities while making it part of a business strategy. By Cecilie Jacobsen

CSR is all about honoring the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. For some businesses this means promoting community development and eliminating practices that harm the public sphere, such as, for example, implementing strategies to minimize pollution or establishing development projects for children in Africa. Hummel, a Danish clothes company is truly involved in corporate social responsibility. Kevin Batchelor, UK Brand Manager for Hummel in London, explains that the company ensures that all their suppliers sign a manual that ensures that they do not use child labor and use harmful substances such as toxic cloth dyes. Hummel also supports several community development projects in countries such as Tibet, Afghanistan and Sierra

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Leone in collaboration with humanitarian organizations. For Hummel it is all about giving something back to society, creating awareness and of course protecting the environment. The international law firm McGuireWoods LLP has already adopted CSR practices in their offices worldwide. Anders Grundberg, Managing Partner London explains that in the London office, McGuireWoods for example recycles toner and print cartridges, uses recycled copier paper, has filtered mains water, recycles non-confidential waste and all electrical lighting is on energy saving movement sensors. “We are committed to making a meaningful environmental impact by implementing aggressive recycling and other conservation programmes to maintain

and develop the overall well-being of the community,” says Grundberg. However, CSR is not just about acting philanthropically.CSR is very much a part of a larger business strategy for most businesses and can be used for brand differentiation as for instance in the case of brands such as The Bodyshop and American Apparel which are built on ethical values. “Doing the right thing” can thus enhance consumer loyalty and ultimately sell more products. Overall, CSR combines both sustainable growth and financial performance, making it something a lot of businesses practice on one or another level today. Read more on www.hummel.dk and www.mcguirewoods.com


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Scan Business | Columns

Entrepreneurial Women: The Transatlantic Gap – and My Story The majority of new companies in the USA are started by women but the proportion here is much less. Surprised? They say over there they are more flexible when combining family and professional life. I was shocked to find ‘Swedish women close to bottom of EU business start-up rankings’ in a study by Företagarna. Are women here more risk averse? Why should anyone risk starting a business? I can only answer with my own experience. I come from an entrepreneurial background. My family was involved in my father’s business. Then, while working for my last employer, I saw a market niche that really excited me. As a qualified Chartered Secretary the gap looked obvious. So, on that first day when we opened a ‘huge’ office with just three people, it seemed such a great adventure.

I’m no big risk-taker yet I never saw problems – only opportunities. I believed in my business idea so much my vision was crystal clear! It’s so important not to let people cloud your vision – even with wellintended ‘advice’! Overcoming big challenges is thrilling and I’ve made it a habit to celebrate such moments. I remember when we first took on a young man to help with our IT we broke out the champagne three times in his first week! My youngest of four sons was one when I started Goodwille – a big challenge to the work-life balance. Yet I was the boss so, in achieving my goals, there was noone but myself to answer to. In building the business, while I worked long and hard in the office and networking events during the week, I was disciplined at weekends

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A new study shows that Swedish women are not very good at starting their own business. Annika Goodwille reflects upon how she started up her business Goodwille and overcame challenges. By Annika Goodwille

when I was mum. It’s crucial, I think, to keep home-life and work separate – mix the two and you risk schizophrenia! I’ve also been lucky to have a supportive husband, healthy children and great hired home-help – without these the challenges would have been so much greater.

Deal or No Deal Corren Troen are becoming well-known for their successful Property Breakfasts at Villandry in London. Last month CT hosted another well-attended event entitled “Deal or No Deal.” By Nicola Woolf, Corren Troen

The breakfast provided an informal forum for like-minded individuals to connect in the Property sector. It gave them the chance to network and discuss the pres-

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ent climate and any interesting opportunities in the property arena. Dhaval Joshi, a leading economist at RAB Capital was one of a panel of speakers, together with Brian Woolrich from Handelsbanken and Tony Whetstone from W2 Financial Solutions. Dhaval gave his opinion of the economy, explaining that there were a number of factors which will affect the outlook, including the supply and demand for property along with the willingness of the banks and financiers to lend. The outlook for UK interest rates was also discussed. The forthcoming election will equally play an important factor. If the next UK government wants to cut the deficit, it probably means massive public sector pay cuts, as most of the government’s discretionary spending is tied up in its public

sector wage bill. If the government does not reduce the deficit, interest rates may have to rise to prevent investors off-loading assets. Of course, a “hung Parliament” may also impact on the price of sterling, which may encourage further foreign investment into the UK property market. In the meantime, investors seem to be holding tight. The event was very well attended by Real Estate professionals, developers and investors in the Property sector, who enjoyed a lively debate over a breakfast of coffee and croissants. Corren Troen will be holding another Property Breakfast in early autumn and a Green/Clean Tech Breakfast towards the end of June. Please contact Paul Corren or Nikki Woolf on 0207 592 8900 if you are interested in attending one of our events.


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Relocation made easy

Intro by Cecilie Jacobsen

Moving to or from the UK can be an overwhelming and perhaps stressful experience. There will be a million things to organize while at the same time settling in, adapting to schools, work, making new friends and exploring a new country. Luckily there is loads of help available when relocating and the help comes in as many varieties as the challenges faced. You and your family might need help to pack your furniture down or your might need help in finding that perfect place to live. It can indeed be as hectic organizing everything for a move back to Scandinavia as it can be finding your way around the UK education system and culture. Many people get relocated because their companies do and they may not be the only ones who need a helping hand, since the new and different terms of the UK market can prove a challenge.

This month Scan Magazine has done its very best to gather and present a group of firms which can help you. Some offer to-

tal solutions while others specialize in a narrower field.

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Cito Moveo

– making relocation stress-free and easy

Nowadays a lot of companies recruit personnel both nationally and internationally.When employees move to another country or city, it is important for them to get settled as soon as possible and not spend too much time and energy on paperwork and on dealing with local authorities. Cito Moveo is here to make the move as easy as possible. By Sara Schedin

“We're here to make our clients' employees' relocation as stress-free as possible,” says Cito Moveo's Eva Kennedy Nordqvist. “We help the employees with their move to and from Sweden, and also employees who are moving in-between other countries or cities.” Eva Kennedy Nordqvist runs the Gothenburg-based company together with Karina Nagel, who founded the company in 2003. They have both lived and worked abroad and together they have several years of experience in the relocation business. That little bit of extra help The company focus mainly on tailor-made solutions for each client and employee and do not just supply traditional relocation packages. “Our clients need their employees to be effective at work from day one. This requires that all processes run efficiently, to make the settling in process as smooth

and fast as possible. We have a large global network of consultants who we work with and who are there to welcome and help the employees to settle in,” says Kennedy Nordqvist.

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with traditional relocation services”

Kennedy Nordqvist points out that in the time of recession you can see that the mission has changed; many companies choose to have their employees commute instead of moving their entire families to a new destination. “We do not only assist with traditional relocation services, we also supply services within V&I as well as both furnished and unfurnished corporate apartments.” “Even though cultural clashes are more expected in far away countries, it is also common within Europe. Cito Moveo there-

fore offers assistance in preparing the employees for the cultural differences they might meet,” says Kennedy Nordqvist. Environmentally conscious Cito Moveo is environmentally-minded and has been ISO 9001 certified since 2005. “All our apartments use eco-friendly electricity and we only drive green cars. We work consistently on improving our processes and we try to implement environmental consciousness in everything we do,” says Kennedy Nordqvist.

For further information visit: www.citomoveo.com

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Moving experience Relocation can be stressful at the best of times, but moving lock, stock and barrel to another country is nothing less than daunting. Getting your family heirlooms and your other precious worldly goods to your new home in one piece and on time – especially if that new home is thousands of kilometres away – can be a major headache. By Päivi Ylänen | Photos: Muuttopalvelu M. Kähäri Oy

A Finnish company that goes by the splendid name of Muuttopalvelu M. Kähäri Oy can make your move go smoothly wherever you are heading in Europe. The family-run company has been in the business for over ten years and is known for its fast, reliable and yet reasonably priced removal services to anywhere in Europe. Apart from the actual transportation, the company offers a packing service - and it gives advice on the best way to pack to those who want to do it themselves. “A big advantage of being a family-run and relatively small company is that we can offer a personal and flexible service. We are also fast. We answer all enquires immediately, and I can personally tell a client exactly where his goods are at any given moment,” says Marko Kähäri, the son of

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“We can handle small or big moves. Our trucks are able to deliver the goods very fast” the company’s founder and managing director Markku Kähäri. Marko works in the company with his parents and six other employees. He calls himself a foreman but one of his many responsibilities is the logistics. “We can handle small or big moves. Our trucks are able to deliver the goods very fast. With us the goods do not lie around in containers or in terminals. As we are a small company there is not a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy and we can pro-

vide quotes and give answers to any enquiry quickly,” he says. Muuttopalvelu M. Kähäri has a fleet of seven trucks; some of them are specially licensed to transport fine art. Marko says that regular household moves to different parts of Europe are the company’s bread and butter, but they also move commercial goods and make deliveries of items of fine art to be exhibited in galleries throughout Europe.

For further information: www.muuttopalvelumkahari.com muutpalv@muuttopalvelumkahari.fi Phone:+358 400 433 087


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Enlink – a smart link in the UK

By Emelie Krugly

Enlink’s Outsourced Office Services help foreign-owned companies focus on sales and business development whilst Enlink looks after the financial administration, order handling and administration support. The company has many years of experience assisting firms internationally.

“We offer tailor-made services, that are transparent and flexible” lands, companies have the advantage of lower overheads and easy access to the whole of the UK,” says Carolina Jönsson.

Exporting to a new country and setting up a UK subsidiary can often be a very daunting, expensive and difficult mission to undertake. Enlink aims to reduce costs for companies without it affecting the quality of service given to the clients’ customers, making it easier for companies to commence business in the UK. “We offer tailor-made services, that are transparent and flexible to meet each client’s needs,” says Carolina Jönsson, Director of Enlink. Established in 2006, Enlink is an outsourced office services provider offering financial ad-

ministration, payroll, order handling, marketing, virtual offices and start up expertise.

Recently Enlink Limited established a partnership with Goodwille Limited, which will lower the barrier even more for foreign companies entering the UK market. This was established to support high-growth international companies of all sizes, and to give Enlink the opportunity to offer services such as company secretarial support, corporate legal and HR strategy management.

“Often companies new to the market think of London as the key location, but this is not always the case, especially for clients engaged in manufacturing. Being located in the Mid-

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TEXAB – provides high quality moving services

Text by Sara Schedin

There are a lot of things you have to think about when relocating abroad. One of the most important things would probably be that your belongings are safely and quickly transported to your new country. The Swedish-based company TEXAB transports your belongings safely as well as providing other relocation services. TEXAB helps you plan your international move, with everything from packing and moving to storage and relocation issues, such as finding schools and housing.

trailers and have in total 86 employees.

“We provide all the services ourselves, which cuts out the middle man and means that we can provide the best quality care for our clients,” says TEXAB's managing director Torbjörn Ulf.

They work with agents worldwide and through the European Moving Group (EMG) they partner with the British moving company Britannia. TEXAB runs a weekly service between Stockholm and London.

TEXAB's depots are situated very centrally in regional areas such as Stockholm, Gothenburg and also in Ängelholm in the south of Sweden. They have 11 trucks, a number of

“We do both household and corporate moves. Our clients include the Swedish Army, Mercedez- Benz and Siemens,” says Ulf.

Goodwille –

TEXAB is quality certified according to the international standard for moving FIDI-FAIM so your move is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. “We know that protecting our environment is of importance for the future, so we work according to the ISO 14001 criteria,” says Ulf. For further information visit: www.texab.se

helping your business into the UK market them speak a total of 11 languages.

Text by Cecilie Jacobsen

Since her beginning Goodwille has helped more than 500 companies establish business enterprises in the UK, but getting established in the UK takes time and requires a lot of work.

If you and your business are considering expanding into the UK market, it may be a good idea to stop by Goodwille Limited on your way. Goodwille was established as an independent service provider for Nordic Companies in the UK in 1997 by Swedish Annika Aman-Goodwille, a qualified Chartered Secretary with a legal and financial background.

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“Our main competitive edge is that we can provide large companies in the Nordic region with all the services they require when establishing a business in the UK,” Goodwille says. The language and cultural aspect can for instance be an obstacle and here Goodwille can assist and remove that insecurity with the help of more than 20 employees who between

“The start-up period for a company is normally around three to four years and can come as a surprise for some companies. It is therefore important for us to get involved at an early stage, so we can ensure that all efforts go in the right direction,” says Goodwille, emphasizing that she is happy to help with services that lie beyond Goodwille’s own competences via her huge network of professional firms. For further information visit: www.goodwille.co.uk


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Kari Skjetne, Branch Manager, Asker, Relocation.no

Relocation.no –

covering all aspects of moving to Norway

Hiring a relocation company is a great way for businesses to make their new employee's move to Norway run as smoothly and quickly as possible. Relocation.no offers all the help that an expat will need when relocating to Norway. By Sara Schedin | Photos: Relocation.no

Relocation.no provides help with everything from immigration services to finding schools and housing, so instead of worrying about practical issues the employees can focus on their new job and on adjusting to the new culture. “We help foreign workers and their families with all the practical issues that come with moving to another country, such as arranging work permits, moving assistance and housing,” says Relocation.no's general manager Susanne Reienes.

“Many of our employees are former expats themselves, so they know from their own personal experiences what it is like to move to another country and can therefore provide the best kind of advice and support to our clients' employees,” says Reienes.

“Our clients want their

employees to be happy and effective from the start”

Personalized service Excellent expertise Relocation.no was founded in 1996 and has grown to be the largest relocation company in Norway. Its main office is in Stavanger and it has divisions in Bergen and Asker. The company has 30 employees and 850 houses that it administrates.

At the moment Relocation.no works with 50 companies, mainly in the oil and gas industry. Some of them want the whole relocation package, where all the services are included, while others only want parts of it. Relocation.no offer personalized services to meet their clients' needs.

“Our clients want their employees to be happy and effective from the start and the employees want to be able to start work without having to worry about paperwork and other practical issues. We make sure that there are no delays and that the employees' introduction to the country runs smoothly,” says Reienes. Last year Relocation.no processed 1,950 work and residence applications for nationals from 80 countries. “It's fantastic to work with people from so many different cultures,” says Reienes. ”It's very exciting to be part of introducing them to Norway and our culture.”

For further information: www.relocation.no

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Consido – tailor-made accommodation

Consido can be vital in that process as well as when negotiating prices.

One of the first challenges when moving to the UK is finding a home, but there is no need to despair. Help is available from the relocation and property acquisition consultancy Consido, founded by its Swedish Managing Director Suzanne Bolinder ten years ago. Consido offers a tailor-made service focused on renting and buying property at the high-end London market for both corporate and private clients. Around half of their assignees are Scandinavian expatriates. “When finding the right home for them, Consido helps find a school for the kids, and offers a crash course on life in the UK too,” explains Bolinder. If you wish to buy your home or just invest in property, the company can also help navigate between the many different kinds of ownership in the UK, which are new to most Scandinavians. To get the best possible deal, Consido works closely with different estate

By Signe Hansen

Consido has departments in the UK, South Africa, Switzerland and Dubai. Three pieces of advice from Consido - Contact a relocation company that can tailor-make a solution for you. - Be aware of all the costs related to your lifestyle in the UK such as housing and schools. - Join a networking organisation or engage yourself in your community even if your stay is short.

Suzanne Bolinder. Photo: Grace Lung

agents, who can be challenging for someone new to the UK market. “You have to remember that estate agents are working for the seller and not the buyer,” Bolinder says. The legal side of buying a property is also more complicated than in 2 Scandinavia and

For further information visit: www.consido.net

A.K.A. Relocations offer relocation and property search services for private and corporate clients looking to buy or rent property in Greater London. As our client, you will be looked after by a member of staff who will aim to identify properties to suit your specific requirements. Working on your behalf we save you time and money, ensuring you are in a position to make the best possible choice. We pre-view and short-list all properties and arrange a convenient time to accompany you by car to selected viewings. Our aim is to find the perfect property but additionally to offer clients an all-round service, helping them settle down in their new area. A.K.A.’s services include transfering and setting up of utilities, managing accounts and orientation tours. A.K.A. Management is available to help clients and companies with all their utilities and setting up of accounts. Bespoke fee proposals available upon request.

T: +44 (0)20 7751 0666 | D: +44 (0)20 7751 0694

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Nadiege Monnier, Relocation Manager for Norway

Help to settle in abroad Moving abroad and need help to apply for a visa, rent a house, or simply find your way around the city? Then TEAM Relocations can assist you, providing services to make your transition easier. By Anne Line Kaxrud | Photo: TEAM Relocations

The company has offices all around Europe, and specialises in relocation and moving services in the corporate market. For over four decades, they have assisted corporate relocation and moves, providing the employees and their families with the best opportunities to become accustomed with the new situation. “It is difficult to move to a new country, perhaps with a different culture and ways of doing things. We help people settle in,” says Relocation Manager for Norway, Nadiege Monnier. The company offers a variety of services, be they visa applications, flat hunting or language courses. “When people move abroad, they often need to be ‘held by the hand’, as everything is new. We therefore aim to offer our clients help with anything,” Monnier continues.

The first office in Norway opened one and a half years ago, as a response to great demands from Shell. Now they have offices in Oslo and Stavanger covering all of Norway, and the manager sees a bright future ahead.

“We do not focus on one

particular group, but wish to help anyone with anything”

“It is expensive for a company to establish offices in new countries, and it is crucial that the employees are happy where they are, otherwise they will move away. To ensure proper relocation is therefore a winwin situation for the companies,” says Monnier. The many oil and energy companies are among TEAM Relocations’

biggest customers in Norway, but Monnier emphasises that all customers are welcome. “We do not focus on one particular group, but wish to help anyone with anything. More and more companies realise that it may be easier and cheaper to have someone external provide these services,” she says. With great knowledge of the country of residence as well as about the various backgrounds of the employees, Monnier simply notes, “We know what people must know.”

For further information: www.teamrelocations.com

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“We will make certain

that each relocation is as stress free as possible for employees”

tion a few. Key success factors have always been the ability to understand clients’ and customers’ needs, provide them with excellent service, dedicated staff with multilingual skills and efficient process management,” says Lautjärvi. Relocating means a list of hurdles that FRS will help people overcome. These include destination services, immigration services, cross-cultural services, removal services and language courses. “It could be problems facing families when finding schools for example.”

Marjo Lautjärvi, founder, FRS

Finland Relocation Services Most of us have experienced the stress of moving house. Well, imagine moving to a completely different country and work place. Finland Relocation Services (FRS) is one company that realizes the difficulties, and to ease the pain, makes an assessment according to each individual’s needs. By Jonna Dagliden | Photo: FRS

“We will work with the company and the transferee to tailor the right level of support for each and every project. And we will make certain that each relocation is as stress free as possible for employees,” says FRS founder Marjo Lautjärvi. Founded in May 1994, FRS is the first Finnish company to be awarded the EuRA Quality Seal – the industry's international quality accreditation. Now it has offices all over Finland in Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Turku, Pori and Jyväskylä. “I have faced all the typical challenges of relocation,” says Lautjärvi. “I always

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thought there had to be an easier way to relocate.” From the start 16 years ago, the goal has always been to make transition more effective, smoother and painless to all parties involved. For this reason, FRS has long-lasting relationships with its client companies in over 500 countries. “We have a large client base and work together with companies from large multinationals to start-ups. These include various ICT firms, the pharmaceutical industry, base metal industry, consulting, the oil and automobile business, to men-

With such high service, it’s no surprise that clients are responding well. “About 70-80% of the extremely happy respondents answer FRS’s online questionnaire and tell us how pleased they are with the service they’ve received. It has a great impact for their well-being and commitment to work with their employing company,” says Lautjärvi. Here are three pieces of advice from Finland Relocation Services Cultural: In Finland silence has a positive meaning: you do not interrupt the other person, this way you show respect towards the other person. Administration: If you are married and have children, please remember to bring with you the original marriage certificate and birth certificates. Don't pack them in removal boxes or leave them in the home country, as they will be needed. Housing: The availability of furnished housing is limited on the rental market.

For further information: www.finlandrelocation.com


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ArtMove – over 30 years of experience of fine art shipping The thought of transporting your valuable artworks and antiquities to another country can be nerve-racking. Hiring an expert is a way of transporting your artworks safely to their new destination. Swedish-based ArtMove is run by a team with over 30 years of experience of fine art shipping and household removals. By Sara Schedin | Photos: ArtMove “Our niche is to transport artworks and antiquities, but if our clients need us to transport something else we are more than happy to help,” says ArtMove's CEO Jan Willborg. Willborg founded ArtMove last summer but he has worked in the art shipping field since 1978 when he started his first company together with his father. ArtMove transports, packs and stores art and antiquities in Sweden and Scandinavia, as well as the rest of the world. They provide services between Stockholm, Copenhagen and London every fortnight. “Most of our customers want us to transport items they have won at auctions in

England back to Denmark and Sweden, or vice versa. We also help a lot of private individuals who are moving abroad and haven't been able to bring everything on the plane,” says Willborg. Many of ArtMove's clients are art collectors, galleries and auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's, who Willborg has worked with since the late 1970s. “No job is too big or too small for us,” says Willborg ArtMove is an eco-minded 2 company which

uses small trucks and vans in order to reduce the emissions and congestion in the cities. For further information: www.artmove.se

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Affinity Telecom

– connecting people around the globe

Whether you are moving abroad for a shorter or longer period it can be very convenient to keep your Swedish number. This is very simple and does not have to add any extra costs to your phone bill. Affinity Telecom offers you the opportunity to keep your Swedish number and continuing to pay Swedish phone rates even if you are calling from the other side of the world. By Sara Schedin

“We offer you cheap rates but without compromising on the call quality that you're used to.You can use any kind of phone and all you need is a fairly good broadband connection. We provide you with a box that you connect to your broadband. You plug your phone into the box and then you’re set to go. It’s as simple as that,” says Affinity Telecom’s managing director Daniel Forslund. Swedish number abroad Affinity Telecom’s services are used by indivduals as well as small and large companies. By using broadband for all calls, you, your organization or your company save around 2000 SEK per year in fixed costs per phone line and a further 20 – 30 percent in call charges. Their services include telephony, IP

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telephony, broadband and IP-based switching solutions.

“Our goal is to always be one

of the five cheapest telecom companies in Sweden”

“By keeping your old number you don’t miss any phone calls from business contacts, friends and family who would hesitate to call an international number. They're also charged at local Swedish rates and can’t even tell that you're abroad,” says Forslund.

with an internet connection. Apple’s iPhone, for example, has an application that you can download for this purpose,” says Forslund. Affinity Telecom’s monthly fee starts at 49 SEK which is added to your call credit. It also includes caller ID and voice mail. Affinity Telecom was founded in 1994 which makes it one of the oldest telecom companies in Sweden, in addition to Telia and Tele2. “Our goal is to always be one of the five cheapest telecom companies in Sweden, which we also have been during the last ten years,” says Forslund.

Saving money “Phone calls to your landline can easily be directed to a wide range of mobile phones

For further information: www.affinitytele.com


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Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Olsen Gang) & Olsens Elleve (Olsen's Eleven), the latter two being references to the long-time coach, Morten Olsen. And this year, Olsen’s Eleven will be playing in South Africa! In order to celebrate that the Danish Dynamite is back on the green field, the DUCC is pleased to invite all Roligans – member or not - to watch the matches at the Sports Cafe in London on the 14, 19 and 24 June 2010. Olsen’s Eleven and the 2010 World Cup We may very well be a small nation of only 5 million people, always thought of in regards to Hans Christian Andersen and the seafaring Vikings, but we are undoubtedly also a nation of loyal and very colourful football fans, referred to as the “Roligans”. The Danish squad is nicknamed Danish Dynamite, Olsen Banden (The

Though we look forward to following the Danish squad in the World Cup, we will still have the pleasure of inviting you to our monthly Thursday drink, taking place every last Thursday of the month at different London venues, as well as our Leeds counterpart taking place every first Thursday of the month. Please go to ducc.co.uk for more information and to

register for the events. We look forward to seeing you!

UPCOMING EVENTS 14 May DUCC AGM & Annual Dinner 27 May Business Angel Event - IT 27 May Nordic Thursday Drinks at Radisson Blu, London 3 June Joint DUCC/DABGO UK Network Lounge, Leeds 4 June Young Professionals Party, Vendome 14 June FIFA World Cup - Denmark vs. the Netherlands 19 June FIFA World Cup - Denmark vs. Cameroon 24 June FIFA World Cup - Denmark vs. Japan

Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce | Phone: +44 (0) 20 7259 6795 | Email: info@ducc.co.uk | www.ducc.co.uk

Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce forms a central part of the conference so take full advantage of this networking opportunity and make useful contacts within the Norwegian-British business community.

NBCC, Simmons & Company International Ltd and Innovation Norway would like to welcome you to a joint networking event on the evening of 19 May. The event will take place at the offices of Simmons & Company International Ltd in central Aberdeen in conjunction with the All-Energy conference. Business networking

On behalf of DnB NOR Luxembourg & DnB NOR London Branch NBCC and Den Norske Klub are pleased to invite you to the presentation: “Offshore and shipping: Good opportunities ahead?” The speaker is Mr. Rune Kaland – Manager of DnB NOR’s success fund Navigator. The 104th Annual General Meeting will take place at the Royal Norwegian Embassy on 26 May. The AGM is followed by presentations on the following topics:

“The image of Norway in Britain – the invisible neighbour” and “Country is King – Why nationality matters in marketing”. The Nordic Thursday Drinks is a perfect occasion to network with people from the Norwegian, Danish and Finnish business communities in an informal atmosphere and are open for both members and nonmembers of the Chambers. 27 May at Radisson BLU Portman Hotel. UPCOMING EVENTS 19 May Norwegian-British networking event at All-Energy 20 May Offshore and Shipping Forum with DnB NOR Navigator 26 May Annual General Meeting and Networking event 27 May Nordic Thursday Drinks

Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce | Phone: +44 (0) 20 7930 0181 | Email: info@nbccuk.com | www.nbccuk.com

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Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Swedish Pre-Election Debate on 14 April with representatives from all seven political parties currently represented in the Parliament. The venue was stretched to the limit with 120 guests and eager listeners. The debate brought Swedish politics to London, but also foreign Swedes’ issues to Sweden. The event was the second event in the series “Business Meets Politics”.

In May, we proudly welcome our Members to a wide range of events including networking receptions – an easy way of broadening your network, as well as briefings and seminars – a perfect way to enlighten yourself whilst also networking. On 18 May we will be hosting a social and digital media seminar, the first in our series of “Next Generation” events, a teaser, where Members will get key messages on what trends are out there and what you need to do to keep up with the fast pace. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK is one of the largest and most active foreign Chambers in the UK, including

around 400 Member companies and hosting up to 60 events per year. For information on membership or benefits of joining the network, please contact us on 020 7224 8001 or visit our website at: www.scc.org.uk UPCOMING EVENTS 12 May Industrial Forum with Ola Rollén, CEO and President, Hexagon 13 May JCC Cocktail Master Class at Eclipse 14 May JCC After Work at Raffles 18 May Go Digital – Or Die 24 May Investment Trends Seminar 26 May Networking Reception 4 June Annual General Meeting at The Landmark 6 June National Day Celebrations at The Swedish School 11 June Golf and Dinner at Effingham Golf Club

Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK | Phone: +44 (0) 20 7224 8001 | Email: info@scc.org.uk | www.scc.org.uk

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce Our objective is to provide our members with excellent opportunities for intelligent networking through exclusive business and social events. In the first months of 2010 we have already had a number of very successful events, most notably the Networking Evening with Tom Glocer, CEO of Thomson Reuters, which proved to be extremely popular, attracting close to 100 FBCC Members and their guests. Our members had the chance to hear the views of one of the most fascinating captains of industry in the world, ranging from Finnish winters to the state of the global economy, and engage in those allimportant networking activities. We are getting ready for the summer here at the Chamber by starting May off with a Makeup evening at the Estee Lauder Company premises. Come and learn all

The FBCC would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Ambassador of Finland, Jaakko Laajava, for his support of the Chamber. His advice and opinions have been very valuable and we wish him all the best in his new role in Finland. UPCOMING EVENTS

Tom Glocer, CEO of Thomson Reuters

the tricks of the trade from two qualified makeup artists on May 11! We are also proud to be hosting an evening with Marimekko, one of the most famous Finnish brands, on May 26. Join us to hear what’s behind Marimekko’s success as well as having the opportunity to view their new spring/summer 2010 collection.

11 May Makeup Evening – Tips and Tricks for the Summer at the Estee Lauder Company premises. 26 May Marimekko Spring and Summer 2010 Collection 29 May Nordic Networking Drinks, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel 1 June FBCC & FinnNiche Golf Tournament at Wentworth Edinburgh course 4 June Young Professionals Party, Vendome Mayfair.

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce | Phone: +44 (0) 20 8741 6352 | Email: events@fbcc.co.uk | www.fbcc.co.uk

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Danish Bazaar coming soon May is upon us and that means it’s time for the Danish Summer Bazaar. This year will be the 51st that the the Danish Church and Danish Women’s Association in England have organised. The Bazaar has become a much-loved traditional gathering and is a fun-filled day out for all, attracting not only visitors from the Danish Community but many other nationalities all flocking to the Danish Church for this special occasion. 1,000 visitors are expected to visit the bazaar, where all sorts of Danish treats are on offer such as antiques, Danish and English books, Danish Food, handicraft and other gifts. There will be a raffle, scratch cards and prizes to be won including Scandinavian Airlines flight tickets between London and Denmark and a Danish Seaways trip, as well as other prizes, all generous donations. For the children there will be a bouncy castle, face painting and a tombola. “Danish people love to eat and drink and here you will find all the speciality foods such as pasties, sausages, apple cake, smorrebrod, frikadeller and many more,” says Elin Stone, Chair of the Danish Women's Association. Elin has been involved in the Danish Church for many years and loves organising the Bazaar and welcomes ideas from visitors on how to improve future events. “It’s very important for us as to find out about other people’s interests as we need to think and plan the future as to how to create an interesting and varied program for as many as possible,” says Elin.

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The idea of a bazaar was conceived in the early fifties. A group of Danish ladies gathered for the first time and came up with ideas to raise money for the Danish Church in London. All the funds go to the Danish Church supporting educational classes which the church organizes for children and adults. The bazaar will open on Saturday 15 May at 11 am and closes at 4pm. For eager shoppers who want to get their hands on the treasures, the

Bazaar will have a sneak preview opening on Friday 14 May between 4 pm and 9 pm. Admission is £1 only for adults and free entrance for children under 14. The Danish Church in London is situated at 4 St. Katharine’s Precinct, Regent’s Park NW1 4HH For further information visit: www.danskekirke.org www.danskekvinder.co.uk


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Wikborg Rein expands English law capability with new London partners The London office of Norway’s largest law firm Wikborg Rein has relocated to new premises in Cheapside House, near St Paul’s Cathedral. They had a very successful launch party with some 120 guests on 24 March. “People enjoyed themselves and the music provided by our cellist created a nice ambience. We also had compliments for our canapés and wine and received a special mention for the ‘finest canapés that Last Word's seasoned eaters of canapés have ever ingested at a company reception’ in Lloyds List, the leading daily newspaper for the maritime industry,” says Henrik Hagberg, who has led the legal team in London since 2009. Wikborg Rein has a lot to celebrate this year as they have also increased their global English law capability within the shipping and offshore sector with the recruitment of three new partners to their

Henrik Hagberg

London office. Simon Tatham has joined from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless to lead the team, whilst Clare Calnan and Rob Jardine-Brown have been recruited from Curtis Davis Garrard. The firm is currently undertaking further recruiting and has received very good interest. Wikborg Rein hope to expand further, aiming to have about 15-20 lawyers onboard before the end of 2011, and that at least half will be English qualified lawyers. Hagberg says, “We are delighted to have recruited people of the quality of Simon, Clare and Rob as part of our inter-

national strategy to further strengthen the English law capability that Wikborg Rein can offer, not only to Norwegian clients but also to international clients. By bringing into our London operation an English law team experienced in litigation and dispute resolution, we are responding to client demand. This is a natural and important development of the firm’s international shipping and offshore practice.” Wikborg Rein was established in 1923 with large offices in Oslo and Bergen, employing some 185 lawyers worldwide. Wikborg Rein is one of Norway’s leading full-service commercial law firms. It is the pre-eminent law firm in the shipping and offshore sector with a total of approximately 65 lawyers. Moreover, with some 30 of those lawyers serving that sector based in London, Singapore, Shanghai and Kobe, it is a major player on the international scene. For more information visit www.wr.no

Camilla Lilliesköld Design & Art Direction wins award

Camilla Lilliesköld was inspired by undertaking research into Boots’ products from the 1880s. The result? A vintage look that works for the 21st century. “Creating the product range for Boots, for me has been a little like being a child in a sweet shop, it’s been incredibly inspiring to see the archive of Boots’ product range harking back to 1880,” remarked Camilla. Apart from winning the Design Week award, Swede Camilla Lilliesköld and

Camilla Lilliesköld

Camilla Lilliesköld, creative director of Camilla Lilliesköld Design & Art Direction has recently won the prestigious Design Week Award in recognition for her work on Boots’ Original Beauty Formula range, celebrating the 160th anniversary of Boots’ whole beauty heritage.

her studio also received the Silver Pentaward in 2009 for the same range. “We have not entered any competitions before, but we started last year. We didn’t expect to win but it was a nice reward and it means that we have done a good job.” Camilla Lilliesköld has worked in the industry since 1994 and has companies such as Nike, Gucci, Habitat and The

Body Shop on her resumé. She established her own company, Camilla Lilliesköld Design & Art Direction, in London in 2004; this Anglo-Swedish multidisciplinary design consultancy has developed a strong reputation for its award-winning branding and packaging. The company’s client base is English, Swedish and International. Some of their existing clients include Harvey Nichols, Habitat, John Lewis, the Sanctuary Spa and Boots the Chemist.

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Norwegian Brings Eurovision to Norway Oslo plays host to the institution that is the Eurovision Song Contest at the end of this month. Thanks to Alexander Rybak's winning performance of Fairytale in Moscow last year, the annual parade of peculiar pop music will once again be descending upon Norway. The airline, Norwegian, has partnered with the song contest to offer cut price flights to the artists, the delegations, and the legion of fans from all over Europe. Scan Magazine asked Norwegian's Camilla Solheim, who managed the sponsorship deal with Eurovision, what it was that attracted them most to the event. “Considering that Norwegian operates 230 routes in Europe, this large event that will bring Europe to Norway

is a perfect match. Hopefully more people will realise the beauty of Scandinavia”. We also asked if passengers can expect some camp Eurovision fun on their flights in May! “We'll be showing a special Eurovision highlights film onboard some of our flights, and will be serving a Eurovision themed menu.”

Finally, we had to ask what their favourite Eurovision song of all time is! “Since we are proud to represent Scandinavia, I would have to say three; Fairytale, Fly On The Wings Of Love, and Digge-loo, Digge-ley!” We love it - they are genuine Eurovision fans who aren't afraid to admit it, just like us!

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Scan Magazine | Health & Beauty | Privathospitalet Valdemar

Jens Jacobsen, director and chiropractor at Privathospitalet Valdemar.

Privathospitalet Valdemar – Comprehensive care under one roof Privathospitalet Valdemar is one of Denmark’s first private hospitals, founded in 2000 from a desire to create comprehensive care under one roof, making the patients’ experience much easier. By Emelie Krugly

The hospital is situated in the city of Ringsted, located in the middle of the Danish island of Zealand, approximately 50 km drive from Copenhagen. The hospital recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Privathospitalet Valdemar offers care within a variety of disciplines such as: orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, neurology, cardiology, internal medicine, general medicine, pain management, psychology, MR scanning, chiropractic, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and dietician advice. Together, these various specialties are the backbone of the hospital’s multidisciplinary clinics which deal with chronic pain, headaches, back pain, sports injuries and preventive health examinations. The 80 staff members cover many different disciplines such as chiropractors, doctors of various specialties, physiotherapists, nurses, social and health care assistants, radiographers, medical secretaries, psychologists, social workers and dieticians.

“The ambition behind our work sets high standards for all our employees” The hospital offers 11 bright, friendly single rooms, all with TV and bathrooms. The framework is ideal for the initial rehabilitation. Physical therapy training rooms are located in the same building, a dietician has an office next to the bedrooms, and patients are surrounded by the professional staff, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses. “The focus is always to ensure each patient receives good treatment, and each profession offers what they do best,” says Jens Jacobsen, director and chiropractor at Privathospitalet Valdemar. He adds: “The ambition behind our work sets high standards for all our employees, treatment should be competent, service levels high

and patient treatment should be organized without unnecessary delay.” Privathospitalet Valdemar is a company in rapid development and currently has 2,000 m2 of land. By the end of the year the hospital will expand and is currently looking for new premises hoping to double the patient intake. “The plan is to carry on growing steadily,” explains Jens Jacobsen and continues: “We have developed the hospital for the patients’ needs, and will follow the same path into the future,”says Jens Jacobsen. Privathospitalet Valdemar welcomes both Danish as well as international clients. For further information visit: www.phvaldemar.dk

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Scan Magazine | Health & Beauty | Executive Health

Executive Health – Your health is your most valuable asset Our health is our most important asset and any tool that can help us to stay healthy is invaluable. The clinic Executive Health in Stockholm offers an advanced health screening program which can detect serious diseases at an early stage when the possibilities for treatment are more favorable. By Sara Schedin

“We detect the diseases before they give any symptoms,” says Ulf Lillkrona, medical director of Executive Health. “About 50 per cent of all deaths in cancer could be avoided if the illness had been detected in time.” Extensive screening of the whole body Executive Health is located between Grand Hotel and Strand Hotel in the center of Stockholm. A team of senior doctors perform the most thorough screening of a client`s health that is available today. The basis of the screening program is the MRI-scan that can detect early stages of cancer in the brain, lungs, bowels and other organs. The MRI also detects early signs of diseases in the heart and blood vessels. Ultrasound technique is used to examine the heart and the carotid arteries. The cardiac function is also examined

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with an exercise-ECG. In total, the screening program at Executive Health lasts for six hours at a cost of 32,500 SEK (2,800 pounds). A very important part of the screening program at Executive Health is the one hour consultation with the doctor. “Those who enter the screening program feel healthy. We look for early signs of illness such as cancer and heart disease but we also focus on how to minimize the risk of these diseases in the future. The screening both reduces the risk of early death and increases the quality of life,” says Lillkrona. Unique in Scandinavia The clinic receives clients from all over Sweden as well as other Scandinavian and

European countries. The concept of early detection was introduced in the US a decade ago. Today all of the most prominent American hospitals such as Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic offer early detection programs. Executive Health is unique in Scandinavia. “It is very intriguing to introduce a pioneering health concept in Scandinavia. The clinic opened in 2008 and we have definitely been able to save lives thanks to our screening program,” says Lillkrona.

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Scan Magazine | Health & Beauty | Make Up Store

Mika Liias, CEO, Make Up Store

The Swedish Make Up Store By Maria Cederblom | Photo: MUS

Make Up Store is a top Swedish makeup brand with 170 stores in 22 countries all over the world. The success story Make Up Store started in 1996 and the concept is easy. Make Up Store offer their customers a wide range of high quality affordable colour cosmetics, the great service of professional makeup artists and most of all, knowledge. Scan Magazine met up with the company´s founder and CEO, Mika Liias to find out more about the concept of Make Up Store. How did you think about the establishment of Make Up Store? I started with a small business in a basement. The first day the total income was 68 SEK and I didn´t have big business capital. However, I believe that there are no boundaries to achieve what you set your mind to. I had an idea about specialized courses to educate women about makeup and placed an ad in the local paper. The phone didn´t

“Make Up Store is driven by three words: inspiration, service and knowledge” stop ringing that day and that is how it all began.

the whole world. I am very proud and we will open more stores in England in the future. Where do you see yourself in ten years? I will remain within the company and continue the expansion of Make Up Store.

What is Make Up Store´s success recipe?

Facts about Make Up Store

Make Up Store is driven by three words: inspiration, service and knowledge. We are an educative makeup brand and we focus most on our customers’ needs.

Founder: Mika Liias

Tell me more about your explosive expansion, including London. Yes, we have recently expanded into Ireland, Poland, Costa Rica, Holland and now England. We have two stores in London, at Westfield Mall and at 32 Carnaby Street. Opening in London has always been a dream of mine since London is such a big design and fashion scene for

Started: 1996 Turnover 2009: 252 million SEK Top selling producs: Cover All Mix, Microshadows and Tri Brow. Famous for: Makeup courses, both private and group courses for private parties.Top makeup artists for the brand are Olle Johansson and William Värnild. For further information visit: www.makeupstore.se

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Scan Magazine | Health & Beauty | Go Love Yourself

Go Love Yourself One thing many of us struggle with in life is to learn how to love ourselves. It should be so simple, but everyone with low self-esteem knows how hard it can be. This lack of self-love stands in the way of our personal happiness and prevents us from having truly fulfilling relationships. The workshop Go Love Yourself offers help for those of us who are stuck in old patterns and in need of a change. By Sara Schedin Sofia Westin, a self-esteem coach and founder of Go Love Yourself, says: “It was when I realised that my anxiety and depression came from my self-doubt and lack of self-respect that I finally discovered how to live a happier and more fulfilled life. I use my own experiences to show my clients how to live the life they deserve.”

tive relationships, Westin helps her clients overcome their low self-esteem.

Westin, who was born and bred in Sweden, started her Go Love Yourself workshop in January this year. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from City University London and a postgraduate certificate in counselling. She also trained in group therapy facilitation at the Priory Hospital.

The workshop is held at the Awareness Centre in Clapham, London. Westin also offers one-to-one coaching sessions and floating workshops which can be held on request anywhere in London and its surroundings.

Go Love Yourself is inspired by therapeutic approaches such as positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy. “It's very rewarding to see the progress my clients make each week by using the tools that I give them,” says Westin.

For further information visit: www.goloveyourself.co.uk

By using techniques which helped her through times of depression and destruc-

Scandinavian Music

By Karl Batterbee

Scandinavia has always been renowned for producing and exporting its divas of dance music. Over the next few months, it will be firmly reinstating itself on the music map: the girls are out in force again!

In the UK, she releases a third single On & On in early May, and Brits will finally be able to get hold of her album Dance Love Pop in mid-May.

mer. She has been working on tracks for most of this year, and is working with long-term producer Jonas Von Der Burg - a pairing which previously gave us the worldwide monster hit, Cry For You.

Back in Sweden, super producer Red One (the gentleman behind all of Lady GaGa's hits, and he's half Swedish too) is creating a lot of excitement as he's putting together a girlband. The group will be launched in May, and with Red One at the helm, the project is getting major exposure on radio and in the press in Sweden. The girls will be named Love Generation.

Robyn has announced that she will be releasing three new albums this year. Her logic is that she has all this new material, so why wait? And so she'll be releasing Body Talk pt1 in early June, preceded by the single Dancing On My Own. Before this though, she has also released three ''buzz'' tracks online, including the Röyksopp produced None Of Dem and the adorably catchy Fembot. September will also make her long awaited return to music later in the Sum-

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Agnes is currently entering the next chapter of her global domination. She is on a two month tour of the US, publicly backed by none other than Perez Hilton, who has put her as a headline act on his Summer tour over there. Her track Release Me is going down very well so far, and has already secured a number one placing on the Billboard dance chart.

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Scan Magazine | Culture | Culture Calendar

Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here! MAY Stand-up comedian Ismo Leikola (7-22 May) Ismo Leikola is a Finnish stand-up who also performs in English. “Ismo Leikola is uncannily incisive, charismatic and entertaining. Somehow he turns the language barrier to his advantage, searching for the right words before hitting his audience between the eyes with an unusually sharp observation” (The Dubliner). See for yourself at: The Northern Lights Bar, 6 Little East Street, Brighton. www.ismoleikola.com Uusikuu (15-21 May) Since their debut album Hotelli Untola, Finnish band Uusikuu have taken their place amongst the most interesting and original interpreters of Finnish tango. The quintet, led by the goldenvoiced Laura Ryhänen, have been spreading the message of Finnish tango in Europe and now have a new music mission with the album Babylonia. 15 May 8.30 pm - Release Party, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading. 16 May 6 pm - Release Party, Isis Farmhouse, Oxford. 21 May 8 pm screening of film Finnish Tango, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading. www.myspace.com/uusikuu

h2dance (15-16, 20-22 May) London-based h2dance was formed in 1999 and presents the joint choreography of Hanna Gillgren, from Sweden, and Heidi Rustgaard, from Norway. As part of the 40th anniversary show at The Place in London, h2dance are performing Attention, with Pegasus Choir, a specially commissioned piece and part of h2dance´s upcoming Choir Project, the company working with a range of choirs in the UK and Scandinavia. Information on h2dance and how to buy tickets for the performance please see www.h2dance.com

Jose Gonzales (14 May) Since his album Veneer reached the UK Top Ten, Swede José González has experienced record-breaking international success and a shower of awards for his latest album In Our Nature. He is back in the UK to take part in the London Guitar Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. www.jose-gonzalez.com

Nota Bene Ensemble (14 May) After many successful tours of Sweden and Germany, London-based Kleiman Klöfver Duo (violin and guitar) are giving two further concerts in London. On 7 April, a recital at St James´s Church, Piccadilly including works by Bach, Schubert and Piazzola. On 14 May, a free lunchtime concert in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with works by Vivaldi, Lars-Erik Larsson and Peter Warlock. www.swedish-hall.org.uk Talk on Heavy Metal (18 May) The Anglo-Finnish Society has previously presented talks on Humppa, Finnish Tango and Finnish folk music. Now it’s Finnish heavy metal’s turn, now one of the most popular musical genres in Finland. Titus Hjelm, bassist with Thunderstone, will discuss the “Finnishness” of metal music and the reasons for considering metal the new Finnish folk music. For more info email HonSec@anglofinnishsociety.org.uk. Finnish Institute, 35-36 Eagle Street, London WC1 Kymi Sinfonietta (23 May) Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, the Kymi Sinfonietta (Music Director Yasuo Shinozaki) has established itself as a significant musical force. The orchestra performs with mastery and passion, with top international soloists, winning a loyal following both at home and abroad. This is their first UK visit. British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first appeared with

By Emelie Krugly

Kymi Sinfonietta and Yasuo Shinozaki in May 2008 to great critical acclaim. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1. www.kymisinfonietta.fi Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra (23 May) Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philhamonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Beethoven: Overture, Namensfeier; Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Sibelius: Symphony No. 2. Dvorák and Sibelius are seen as composers whose music strongly evokes their respective Czech and Finnish homelands. Yet this programme’s works were composed abroad: Dvorák’s during one of his stays in America, Sibelius’s largely composed during a trip to Italy. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 T 0800 652 6717. www.philharmonia.co.uk

Eurocultured Festival (30-31 May) Two Swedish bands, Little Dragon and Dungen are playing at the Eurocultured Festival which has been held in Manchester since 2004. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the diversity of European culture. This year’s new act is a breakdance competition which will be judged amongst others by Swedish dancer B boy Freeze who will also perform. Dungen will also perform in London, the Luminaire in Kilburn on 31 May. www.eurocultured.com Petit Mal (31 May-16 June) Finnish contemporary circus Petit Mal performs with nonchalance on a stage strewn with garage debris. Break-dancing, martial arts and hip-hop fuse with Chinese poles, trampoline solos, senseless acrobatics and disjointed juggling with found objects. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton - 31 May and 2 June 7.30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre, London - 4 June 7.30pm, Sat 5 June - 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sun 6 June - 2.30pm ,Lighthouse, Poole - 8 June - 7.30pm, Eden Court, Inverness - 15 and 16 June 8pm

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