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AUGUST 2010 ISSUE 21 PROMOTING BRAND SCANDINAVIA

LINDA LAMPENIUS: WIFE, MOTHER AND VIOLIN VIRTUOSO TIMELESS DESIGNS AT THE SCANDINAVIA SHOW 2010 SKÅNE – DISCOVER SWEDEN’S HIDDEN GEM UNBLEMISHED NATURE IN DENMARK: SILKEBORG & THY


9-10 October 2010

Olympia Conference Centre, London

The Scandinavia Show which is held on 9-10 October 2010 at Olympia Conference Centre, London is the only UK show dedicated exclusively to showcase the best of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The Scandinavia Show will be the UK’s single most important showcase for Nordic tourism, food, fashion and design this year.

Design

If you love the bright and airy Scandinavian design, then The Scandinavia Show will be a can’t-miss event.

Travel

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland are some of the greatest travel destinations in the world. And The Scandinavia Show will be the UK’s single most important showcase for Nordic tourism this year.

Fashion

The Scandinavia Show will be the place to go for those who want to experience the latest fashions in the leading Scandinavian designer clothes.

Food

All the most mouth-watering specialities from the Nordic culinary table will be handed out or sold at The Scandinavia Show.

For further information and to exhibit:

Call us on +44 (0)20 79 936 313 or visit www.scandinaviashow.co.uk


Scan Magazine | Contents

Contents COVER FEATURE 8

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Linda Lampenius – Wife, mother & violin virtuoso Finnish classical violinist Linda Lampenius is known for her striking good looks and amazing talent.

HOTELS OF THE MONTH 36

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DESIGN 14

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RESTAURANTS OF THE MONTH 41

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Silkeborg When you think of Silkeborg in Denmark, you also automatically think of the magnificence of its natural scenery.

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NORWAY | Café de France In Stavanger, tucked away in a residential area only moments away from the centre of town, there lies a unique little restaurant with high culinary standards.

TRAVEL THEMES 18

SWEDEN | SoHo Restaurant SoHo is the 6-year-old brainchild of Managing Director Ann-Charlotte Gerdne.

Stressless Stressless is one of Scandinavia’s leading furniture brands and is manufactured by Ekornes in Norway.

Sweden: Hotel Gyllene Uttern Hotel Gyllene Uttern (The Golden Otter) is located in Grännä, 35 km north of Jönköping on the eastern shores of lake Vättern.

Danish Homestore Danish Homestore is a unique furniture retailer specialising in Danish furniture classics – modern antiques.

Denmark: Skovshoved Hotel With beautiful natural surroundings and set conveniently close to a big city, at Skovshoved Hotel you will enjoy a family vacation, leisure or business trip.

The Scandinavia Show On 9-10 October 2010, London will experience a whole barrage of excellent Nordic design brands. The exhibitors at The Scandinavia Show will delight you with interior design classics as well as contemporary creations.

Skåne Skåne is a province rich in contrasts and cherished by the Swedes themselves for its beauty, diversity, dynamic cities and lively countryside.

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Thy Thy lies beautifully surrounded by the Limfjord and the North Sea in Denmark.

DENMARK | Restaurant Gilleleje Havn Restaurant Gilleleje Havn, run by well-recognised Danish chef Annette Bylov Sørensen and her husband Jack Juul, has breathtaking views and is located at the northernmost point of North Zealand in Denmark.

REGULARS & COLUMNS 12 56

We Love This | 13 Fashion Diary | 39 Humour | 40 Wine | 55 Scan News Music & Culture | 57 Culture Calendar

Scan Business FEATURES

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On the right track James Drummond, chief executive of railway safety and communications specialists Invensys Rail, explains to Scan Magazine how the latest technology keeps rail travel safe and why he wants to bring this expertise to Denmark.

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REGULARS & COLUMNS 47

Key Note by Swedish Minister of Trade Ewa Björling

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Berjaya Eden Park Hotel – Scandinavian appeal interlaced with British charm Berjaya Eden Park Hotel is a British-style establishment located in London that has been under Scandinavian management for over a decade.

Sweden: Small country with Big companies

Keeping overseas companies outside the UK tax net Helena Whitmore of McGuireWoods London expands on the issue of corporate residence.

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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, I hope you have had the chance to enjoy a long and relaxing holiday this summer, and I’m not implying that summer is over yet. No, not by a long shot. But I have heard the odd grumble from acquaintances who are already looking forward to the autumn. I really don’t know where they get these ideas from… Certainly not me, as I’m currently located in sunny southern Finland, with 30 degrees out in the sun and 25 degrees in the lake water. I’ll be clinging onto my summer dresses and flip-flops for as long as I can this year, and I advise you to do the same (so that I don’t look too silly all by myself). However, I must admit there are a lot of things to look forward to this autumn. The Scandinavia Show, for example, will be an event that all of our readers will love to bits. On 9-10 October, London will feel the true force of the Scandinavian design, travel, food and fashion industries, as the Olympia Conference Centre will be filled with exciting exhibitors from all the aforementioned fields. In this issue of Scan Magazine, we go into further detail about the Nordic design companies that are taking part. The show will include all the important global Scandinavian brands from Bang & Olufsen to Volvo, as well as some smaller design boutiques. Also, don’t miss out on our special design profiles of Danish Homestore and Ekornes.

tacular natural scenery in tranquil settings, as well as some interesting cultural attractions. We have included features about hotels, camp sites, family-owned inns, golf resorts, museums... the list just goes on. There is truly something for every type of holidaymaker. We also take great pleasure in presenting a column written by the Swedish Trade Minister Ewa Björling, who talks about the success of Swedish innovation in business, culture and creativity. She is proudly flying the flag for the Swedish national brand. Last, but definitely not least, is the feature story about the elegant violin virtuoso gracing our August cover. Finnish classical violinist Linda Lampenius is a household name in Finland and Sweden, but is also internationally known for her exceptional talent as well as for being Finland’s answer to Pamela Anderson in the 1990s. Today, she concentrates on being a loving wife and mother as well as a classically-trained musician. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue!

Nia Kajastie

Our special themes this month include three amazing Scandinavian regions that offer so much to explore. Thy and Silkeborg in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden all consist of abundant spec-

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Contributors Emelie Krugly Nia Kajastie Sara Schedin Tharrisca Kankesan Mette Lisby Maria Smedestad Ray O’Connor Julie Guldbrandsen Karl Batterbee Stine Daugaard Ian Welsh Dyveke Nilssen

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Scan Magazine | Contributors

Regular Contributors 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.

Swedish Sara Schedin has lived in London for four years. She is currently studying Journalism in her second year at City University and is covering Scandinavian culture in the UK.

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.

Maria Smedstad moved to the UK from Sweden in 1994. She received a degree in Illustration in 2001, before settling in the capital as a freelance cartoonist, creating the autobiographical cartoon Em. She writes a column on the trials and tribulations of life as a Swede in the UK.

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”.

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.

Tharrsica Kankesan is a London based Danish journalist who changed her career path from chemical engineering to journalism a few years ago. A true fascination with writing and observing the world from someone else’s view was magnetic for her. Other than that, she never says no to a good book over a cup of Café Latte.

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Hailing from Ireland, Ray O'Connor has been living in London and advising on all things wine since 2006. He teaches, consults and writes regularly on the subject and won the Young Wine Writer of the Year Award in 2007."

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 entrepreneur

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Linda Lampenius

Linda Lampenius – Wife, mother and violin virtuoso In the 1990s Linda Lampenius became known as a striking Pamela Anderson doppelganger with some serious talent when it came to playing the violin. She was internationally famous with a definitive sex symbol status. But this media image might have missed the point, as Lampenius, more than anything else, is and always has been an exceptionally gifted musician. And that is not all that she is. Today, Linda Lampenius-Cullberg is a loving wife, proud mother and successful recording artist. So naturally Scan Magazine jumped at the chance to ask Lampenius about her career highlights. By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Unlimited Management

Linda Lampenius was born in Helsinki, Finland, to Swedish-speaking parents who both worked in music and the arts. Growing up, she was surrounded by musical influences and even featured in the media as somewhat of a child prodigy. She started her career at the tender age of eight, when she went on tour with the Helsinki Junior Strings in Northern America. “It was challenging, but at the same time quite amazing to be able to play with other musicians who were considerably older than me. All my trips around the world with the Junior Strings strongly influenced my development as a musician as well as a human being,” says Lampenius. “On top of the musical experiences, I got to know a lot of different cultures and people.”

At the beginning of her career, Lampenius studied at the Sibelius Academy, a uni-

versity level music school in Finland, and played in a chamber music ensemble called Ofelia quartet for a few years. Her years playing the first violin in the Finnish National Opera Orchestra are also very close to her heart, as she was always playing out of a true love and respect for the music. With the start of her solo career, her image became sexier and a lot more marketable abroad, with a new stage name, Linda Brava, to top it off. It gave her the chance to do some modelling (for Björn Borg) as well as acting (most famously a guest appearance on Baywatch) and a celebrity cover for Playboy. But behind this sexy image, there was still the classically trained violinist and the undeniably amazing artist, who also caught the attention of

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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Linda Lampenius

Lord Lloyd Webber. He gave Lampenius a solo part in his symphony, the Metal Philharmonic, at the Sydmonton Festival in 1997. Yummy career mummy Lampenius is able to list a lot of different highlights from her diverse musical and entertainment career, and most recently she acted as a judge and mentor on the Finnish version of X-Factor. “The programme was much more demanding than any of us (judges) would have thought. We were working on it for eight months, and I lived completely in the ‘X-Factor world’, thinking night and day about the song choices, the wellbeing and styling of my protégées,” says Lampenius. “I would love to do it again, but preferably in Sweden, if the programme could be made here as well. It was very hard to be away from my daughter Olivia so much.” Lampenius currently lives in Stockholm with her husband Martin Cullberg and their daughter Olivia, and her family is also the biggest ‘highlight’ in her life. “My daughter and my husband are my everything at the moment. It has also been vital for me to find the right place to start my family. A few years ago, I did not know in which country I would end up living in the future, but now I have settled in Sweden,” she says. So what does the future hold for Linda Lampenius-Cullberg? The answer is, of course, music. “I am currently recording my upcoming Christmas record. It is a lovely project, where I play with a string trio, harp and choir a simply heavenly combination,” Lampenius explains. “And in January I will be touring in Scandinavia as the soloist for a Viennese orchestra.”

For further information, visit: www.lindalampenius.com

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Smart business on the “new”pearl in the Mediterranean The sun is shining 340 days a year in the north of Cyprus. Dive in the blue sea, play golf or tennis and take a walk in the beautiful mountains. Add the world’s best tax law and the choice is obvious. Cyprus is the island that has everything the Scandinavian people need on their vacation. Sun, sea, nature, culture and excellent food. The mixture between relaxation and party is perfect for whatever you are looking for during your stay. According to the legend about Afrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus was the island she chose when she rose from the sea. A good choice, you would think. Cultures meet in the north of Cyprus Thanks to the location between Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus has always been a meeting point for the various continental influences.You can experience Roman amphitheatres, byzantine churches and prehistoric settlements. Or swim in the beautiful ocean. A while ago the political situation and the relations between Turkey and the Turkish northern side of Cyprus put investments and economic questions on a hold. The conflict between Cyprus and Turkey has seen new solutions and with that came

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Northern of Cyprus some new real estate laws which have shown significant changes in the real estate business. - It’s a completely different market nowadays.The prices are 30-50% lower and business is in British pounds which are really low right now, says Göran Jarnving, real estate agent in Cyprus. Tax paradise Cyprus is a paradise for investors and holding companies due to the generous tax regulations. In the north of Cyprus, the taxes are even lower. Many individuals are also seeing the positive side of moving their assets and permanent address to the island. - It has been a forgotten place, it even has some beaches that have never been touched, says Göran Jarnving.

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Scan Magazine | Design | We Love This

We love this... Scan Magazine really loves these fun and stylish little pieces of Scandinavian ingenuity and design!

Restore This is a brilliant storage solution. ‘Restore’ felt baskets by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto. App. £70 at www.hayshop.dk

Step No home is complete without a stepladder; this one is by Design House Stockholm. App. £250 at 205 Kings Road, SW3 5ED London or dhseur.shop.crossroads.se

AJ Table Lamp The classic AJ Table Lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen now comes in multiple colours. £478 at www.designer-lights.com.

Blob Oiva tableware Simple tableware range for all occasions by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko. Plate (25cm) £23.99, teapot £54.99 at www.scp.co.uk

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Cool steel table ‘Blob’ comes in three sizes 40/60/80 cm and a multitude of colours, designed by RUM.station. Prices start at app. £700. www.rumstation.dk.


Scan Magazine | Design | Fashion Diary

Fashion Diary... Pre Fall News

By Julie Guldbrandsen

The pre-fall collections have hit the stores, so once again there’s a really good excuse to do some (window) shopping. I’ve selected a few favourites that might inspire…

Cracked black leather sandals by Carin Wester. App. £120 at www.stylepaste.com

Rose coloured angora-mix sweater in a unisex cut by Acne. £168 at www.matchesfashion.com

T-shirt with “55” print by 5 Preview. App. £55 at www.youheshe.com.

Leather bracelet with gold stars by Loopie Love. App. £40 at www.youheshe.com

Flower print chiffon shirt with open shoulders by Acne. £275 at shop.acnestudios.com

Jersey sweat pants by Baum und Pferdgarten. App £115 at www.youheshe.com

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The Scandinavia Show

Scandinavian Design stands for timeless elegance & sleek beauty On 9-10 October 2010, London will be Scandified with a little bit of help from Scan Magazine and a whole barrage of excellent Nordic design brands. All your needs will be covered, as the exhibitors at The Scandinavia Show will delight you with interior design classics as well as contemporary creations that represent the innovative spirit and unique character of the Scandinavians. By Nia Kajastie

The Scandinavia Show creates an excellent opportunity for design lovers to get acquainted with the Nordic way of life and all the amazing brands Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland have to offer. Scandinavian designers have always been inspired by everyday life and the shapes and patterns found in Nordic nature. Accordingly, the mix between minimalism, functionality, stream-lined contours, quality materials and quirky details

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simplicity, and the Scandies have known this for a long time. So whether you are already a fan or a completely new recruit to the cause of Scandinavian design, you will find it a definite treat to see all of these excellent brands together under one roof. Stylishly Scandinavian Brands is what truly sets Scandinavian design apart from the rest. There is beauty in

The exhibitors include designers, retail outlets and online stores that offer furniture and home accessories (BoConcept,


Scan Magazine | Design | The Scandinavia Show

Getama, Danish Homestore, Skandium, Scandi Living, The Swedish Chair, Northlight Design, Flor Unikon & Nordic Design Forum), as well as kitchen solutions (Sola Swedish Kitchens), audio-visual solutions (Bang & Olufsen), jewellery (Gråsilver) and other famous staples of Scandinavian design (Volvo). It is an impressive blend of classic styles and modern influences, which might inspire you to bring some of these Scandinavian design ideas back home. Zoe Shields, Retail Account Manager of BoConcept, explains what we can expect from their part of the show: “We will be exhibiting our new collection to be launched in September 2010, as well as showing some of our classic design icons such as the Imola chair. On top of this we will have a selection of our stylish accessories, which we will be selling at special show prices.”

For lovers of all things Scandinavian So you could be going home with a bag full of fantastic little finds and your head full of exciting ideas, as well as a feeling of true customer satisfaction. “I really look forward to selling directly to the public and showing them our lovely products, as we usually only sell online and do not get that customer contact,” says Linda Swar-

brick, Founder of Scandi Living. “We will be bringing the Linum Christmas collection (soft furnishing and table linen), so that will be exciting too.” The whole event is about bringing lovers of all things Scandinavian together to enjoy their mutual interest as well as to get the chance to interact with Scandinavians who work in the fields of design, fashion, food and travel. Tiina Staddon, the founder and owner of Nordic Design Forum, will showcase some contemporary wooden home accessories and designer objects from Finland, and is excited about the prospects of the show: “I am looking forward to being part of the first Scandinavia Show, and I also look forward to meeting all the Scandinavia fans in London.” Exclusive exhibitions All of the exhibitors will be bringing with them some very exclusive pieces, so that the visitors can really appreciate the variety and elegance of Scandinavian design. Gråsilver will be showcasing some Scandinavian rare vintage jewellery from the 60s and 70s, whereas Getama is going to delight everyone with two Hans J. Wegner designs (Chair 501 and Sofa Series 34) that will be exhibited for the first time in London at The Scandinavia Show. Lara Quie, Director of Sola Swedish Kitchens, says: “We are looking forward to raising awareness of the availability of high-quality bespoke Swedish cabinet creations for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms here in the UK.” Owner of Northlight, Pamela Spurling, also emphasises this unique opportunity to see some exclusive designs: “We are looking forward to bringing some of the smaller, lesser known designers to the show as there are many talented young designers now in Scandinavia.”

Scandinavian design exhibitors at the show include: Bang & Olufsen: www.bang-olufsen.com BoConcept: www.boconcept.co.uk Danish Homestore: www.danish-homestore.com 95% Danish: www.95percentdanish.com Flor Unikon: www.flor-unikon.com Getama A/S: www.getama.dk Gråsilver: www.grasilver.com Skandium: www.skandium.com Northlight Design: www.northlightdesign.co.uk Scandi Living: www.scandiliving.com Sola Swedish Kitchens: www.solakitchens.com Volvo: www.volvocarslondon.co.uk The Swedish Chair: www.theswedishchair.com

For more information on the show, please visit: www.scandinaviashow.co.uk

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Scan Magazine | Design | Danish Homestore

Brazilian rosewood dining suite, Johannes Andersen 1961

Top: Brazilian rosewood desk, Valdemar Mortensen 1968 Below: Rare shell chair, Hans Wegner 1950

Danish Homestore

Secure your Danish furniture classics at The Scandinavia Show 2010 By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Danish Homestore

Danish Homestore, owned by Simon Harrison, is a unique furniture retailer specialising in Danish furniture classics modern antiques. A lot of savvy design enthusiasts have already discovered the treasure chest that is Danish Homestore and are paying regular visits to the Nottingham store for pieces to add to their collections. However, there is still time to grab your own timeless piece of Scandinavian workmanship, when Danish Homestore brings their wonderful collection to this year’s Scandinavia Show, which takes place on 9-10 October at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. Danish Homestore has its base in an 18,000 sq foot showroom in Nottingham, which receives monthly shipments that promptly get added to their website and thereafter are shipped to clients all over the world. At the Scandinavia Show, Dan-

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ish Homestore will showcase a special selection of furniture classics from the likes of Hans Wegner, Poul Volther, Arne Jacobsen and Johannes Andersen. The visitors will be able to view and buy any of these classic design pieces, which are bound to be a hit with Scandinavian design admirers, while also awakening the interest of visitors not yet familiar with the names of Danish architect furniture. “The Danish Homestore team are all looking forward to the opportunity to show and educate visitors about why Danish furniture classics can be a comfortable investment, while also giving a unique style boost to the modern home and lifestyle,” explains Simon. “We are always faced with the challenge of ‘what is so special about that specific piece’, which we take great pride in explaining. The unique challenge presented at The Scandinavia Show is how

to engage those who ‘have seen the furniture the first time round’ and interest a younger audience in the benefits of investing in Danish furniture classics” With the expert advice and guidance of Simon Harrison, you could be converted into a real Danish design lover, and it is the perfect time for it as well. “I see a time when Danish design classics will have reached such rare availability that only a select few can afford to invest,” says Simon. “That’s why now is the right time to secure your own Danish furniture classic.”

For more information, please visit: www.danish-homestore.com www.scandinaviashow.co.uk


Scan Magazine | Design | Stressless

Stressless: Modern Lounge Seating From Norway Text and photos by Ekornes

Stressless is one of Scandinavia’s leading furniture brands and is manufactured by Ekornes in Norway. The Ekornes name stems from the original founder of 1934, and today the family name still continues in the same business. Ekornes is proud to be the largest furniture manufacturer in the Nordic region as well as an environmentally conscious company. Over a long period of time the company has implemented measures at its manufacturing plants to improve the internal and external environment, while also selecting more environmentally friendly raw materials. The Stressless brand is sold in over 34 countries, and the company has sold over six million chairs worldwide. The Stressless brand was brought to life in 1971, with the introduction of the first recliner specifically designed to meet the body’s need for movement and support when seated.

The recliners include the Stressless Plus system, which automatically adjusts to your body weight, providing the best neck and back support. A team of designers works in Norway to develop the perfect blend of form, style and quality, resulting in 13 contemporary and classic recliners and footstool styles – most available in 3 sizes for the perfect fit. Stressless also offers a range of 13 stylish sofas and chairs, including home cinema options, ottomans, occasional and computer tables. Most of the models have high and low back reclining options.

Stressless is available widely: free phone 0800 652 0800 UK or 1800 927 310 Eire for nearest stockists. www.stressless.co.uk

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SILKEBORG Text and photos by Visit Silkeborg

When you think of Silkeborg, you also automatically think of the magnificence of its natural scenery. The changing scene whether autumn, winter, spring or summer, will liven you up and provide you with unforgettable experiences. However, Silkeborg has a lot more to offer its guests: you can travel on “Hjejlen”, the oldest paddle steamer in the world, to the vantage point of Himmelbjerget (147 metres above sea level), visit Northern Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium AQUA, have a face-to-face meeting with the 2,400-year-old world famous Tollund Man, one of the best preserved human beings of ancient times, or you can enjoy the works of art of the artist Asger Jorn at

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Museum Jorn. More art can also be found at the Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, a former health resort, which today houses interesting exhibitions of modern art. For outdoor experiences, you can go swimming in one of our clean lakes, or rent a canoe and explore the river Gudenåen, go shopping or experience the culture of the city, which hosts an abundance of exhibitions, concerts and performances. There is something for everyone to enjoy – all year round. For more information, please visit: www.silkeborg.com


Scan Magazine | Travel | Silkeborg

Veteranbanen

By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Torben Nielsen

The preserved Bryrup-Vrads railway is a remnant of the Horsens-BryrupSilkeborg railway that was active from 1929 to 1968, and is also known as “Veteranbanen” (The Vintage Track). The route of the railway and its beautiful surroundings have made it one of the most picturesque and popular railways in Denmark. It meanders from Bryrup past the three lakes Kvindsø, Kulsø and Snabe Igelsø to the old Vrads Station. The steam engine was built in 1949 at Frichs in Århus and originally operated in Fredericia and Nyborg as a shunting machine. Headmaster Knud Pedersen is one of the 25 volunteers and enthusiasts, who keep the railway running during the entire summer season and each weekend running up to Christmas. “We have approximately 35,000 passengers each year, and the nicest thing about

this job is meeting the children who are so excited about riding the train - they are the future enthusiasts,” Pedersen says. “We run what we call the ‘Christmas tree train’ for two weekends in December. The train stops for half an hour in the forest, where you can buy your own Christmas tree. The trip then continues to Vrads Station, where you can buy hot

chocolate, doughnuts and sausages,” he continues. The season starts on the weekend before Easter Sunday and ends in the middle of October. For more information, please visit: www.veteranbanen.dk

Asger Jorn in new surroundings By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Museum Jorn

works of Asger Jorn, which encompass sculptures, vases and reliefs. The museum also houses his most famous piece, the painting Stalingrad. Furthermore the museum has launched the new Cobra Forum, where guests are invited to immerse themselves in the museum’s impressive body of material on Asger Jorn and his fellow Cobra painters. Cobra was an international fellowship of artists from Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands (Cobra = COpenhagen, BRuxelles and Amsterdam), which was initiated by Asger Jorn. The forum contains databases, film and other material, which so far has not been available to the public.

Museum Jorn in Silkeborg has now become an even more interesting place to delve into the work of the famous Danish artist Asger Jorn. This spring, Museum Jorn in Silkeborg opened its doors for visitors to experience the newly renovated premises, which provide a broader and more thorough presentation of the impressive Jorn collection. This includes a completely new mounting of the museum’s paintings for the first time since the opening of the museum in 1982. Asger Jorn (1914-72), who is considered the most significant Danish artist of the 20th century, grew up in Silkeborg, where he also started his artistic career, and he remained attached to the city all his life. The renovation makes it possible to showcase Jorn’s collected works more ex-

tensively. A new gallery in the basement will show different exhibits from the museum’s private collection, while another room has been dedicated to the ceramic

For more information, please visit: www.museumjorn.dk

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Scan Magazine | Travel | Silkeborg

25 years of country music in Silkeborg By Stine Daugaard | Photos: The Country Music Festival

come with a warning,” says Jacobsen. Even those who are not too keen on country music will find great entertainment at the festival, as many guests use the occasion to dress up in their finest gear: elaborate dresses and original cowboy hats and boots, and some even come dressed as Indians. “It is a magnificent fantasy world for adults,” says Jacobsen. The festival welcomes guests of all ages. One of the most faithful festival goers is Jacobsen’s own daughter, who has participated in every single event. She took part in the very first one as a baby in her mother’s womb, and this year she will be performing on stage.

The Country Music Festival in Silkeborg has one of the most impressive programmes in Europe. This year, the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is not only a festival. It is a lifestyle. At a time when many small festivals struggle for survival, The Country Music Festival in Silkeborg is presenting its most impressive programme on its 25th anniversary. “We are celebrating by giving our guests a variety of greater names at the usual price,” says organiser and chairwoman of the Scandinavian Country Club, Jytte Jacobsen. She has been involved with the festival throughout its entire history and has seen it rapidly become a fixture for many guests, who keep returning not only for the music, but also for the ambience and socialising. “We are often told that the festival is so addictive that it should

For more information, please visit: www.sccdk.com

Make yourself at home at the Pension Holm Mølle By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Pension Holm Mølle

Pension Holm Mølle is a family-owned bed and breakfast set in the scenic valley of Alling 10 km north of Silkeborg and 50 km west of Århus in the Lake District of Jutland. The pension’s owners Dorte and Nils Kaern offer a personalised service that goes the extra mile to make guests feel like they have just arrived home.

Civil Engineer. They wanted to be able to spend more time together, and in April 2001 their wish came true in the shape of the establishment of the Pension Holm Mølle.

Dorte Kaern and her husband decided to set up their own B&B, following the retirement of Nils Kaern from his work as a

rounded by 14 hectares of green nature and fresh ponds. The environment around Holm Mølle is great for biking, long scenic

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The Kaerns chose an ideal setting for their pension in a small, tranquil valley sur-

walks and angling, while golfers will also find several different courses to choose from in the neighbouring area. However, one of the most distinct features of the pension is the atmosphere created by its beautiful setting and personalised customer service. “Guests keep coming back to us for the peace and quiet. And after they have stayed here for a while, their tense shoulders seem to settle down as they start to relax,” says Dorte. “People always seem amazed when we ask them when they’d like their breakfast. We offer special treatment to everyone, so that they can feel welcome, like we have been waiting for them all along.” For more information, please visit: www.holmmoelle.dk


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Galerie Moderne Silkeborg By Tharrsica Kankesan | Photos: Galerie Moderne Silkeborg

A young art lover’s vision at the beginning of the 60s gave birth to the Galerie Moderne Silkeborg. A gallery dedicated only to modern art was, at that time, a rare phenomenon. Today it is one of the oldest of its kind in Denmark and one of the biggest in Scandinavia. “We are proud to represent artists from the European avant-garde movement COBRA, which has importance in our history. And we are equally proud to have sole rights to the creations of one of Denmark’s biggest artists, Peter Brandes,” says the owner of Galerie Moderne Silkeborg, Henrik Omme. Henrik is the son of Willy Omme, a then 30 year old sales manager, who, driven by a passion for the arts, founded Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in 1962. His decision to

run alternating exhibitions at the same place was, in fact, fresh and very unusual. Today the gallery in Silkeborg exhibits six to eight different collections a year and runs the same number of exhibitions around Denmark and the rest of the world. In 2006, Omme went one step further and opened a gallery in Holland, the Nico Koster - Galerie Moderne. Galerie Moderne Silkeborg has a vast collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures

and other artworks. “We work together with Danish and international artists. To make sure that the creators can work with a peaceful mind, we give them financial security. They concentrate on creating art pieces, while we concentrate on selling their work,” Henrik Omme says.

For further information please visit www.galeriemoderne.dk

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Come dine in the historic Laasby Kro By Tharrsica Kankesan | Photos: Laasby Kro

The oldest royally privileged inn in Central Jutland, Laasby Kro near Silkeborg, is a popular dining place. It is one of a few of its kind in Denmark, representing the real old-style Danish inn. The traditional dishes served from Grandmother’s Kitchen at Laasby Kro are legendary. As are the music events, which have been taking place every weekend since the 70s, attracting all kinds of people with big names such as Kandis and Fede Finn & Funny Boyz. The history of Laasby Kro dates back to 1734, and the ownership has changed hands on numerous occasions. Less than a year ago Zouhaier Amara, a hotel manager and restaurant owner, took over the running of the place. “This inn has got a rich history, great spirit and a relaxing atmosphere. The building, furniture and

other decorative items here represent Danish culture from the past, which is why I intend to keep the place as it is today,” he says. While still rooted in the past, Laasby Kro keeps itself up to date by offering conference facilities, handicap-friendly and allergy-friendly rooms, as well as a spa and other modern amenities. From April to December, Laasby Kro arranges several excursions for senior citizens on its own tourist bus. This gives

elderly people, who still have the energy and sense of adventure, an opportunity to discover different parts of Denmark, according to Zouhaier Amara. Recently Danish TV (TV2 Østjylland) transmitted a programme about Laasby Kro, which can be watched on their website. For further information please visit www.laasby-kro.dk

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Great Nature in Thy - a western region of Denmark Photos: Visit Thy

Thy lies beautifully surrounded by the Limfjord and the North Sea in Denmark. Its unique position gives nature a very special sort of appearance, and we are tempted to claim that all Denmark’s variations on nature are assembled in this one part of the country. In Thy, we take good care of our surroundings, and we are happy to share them with everyone. A large part of our landscape has been declared as a part of Denmark’s first and largest national park: Nationalpark Thy. Denmark’s greatest ”wilderness” in Nationalpark Thy, stretches along the west coast of Jutland in a 12 km wide area from Agger Tange in the south to Hanstholm in the north. It is an enormous and unspoiled natural area of altogether 244 square kilometres. Inside the national park, you can move between extensive, windblown open spaces and fragrant coniferous forests. You can also throw yourself into the glinting waves of the North Sea or ride your bicycle through the cool dune plantations. The national park is a harmonious natural resort for man, plants and animals. In National Park Thy, both weather and nature are constantly changing, from a pelting wind filled with salty sea fragrance on the coast to the mild breeze on the wet, steamy forest floor. No matter where you move around in the park, you will be impressed by the vastness of the area. Here, the sky is high and you will feel like stretching your arms above your head and filling your lungs with fresh air. The west coast Along the coast in Thy, you will find a row of small, inviting fishing villages, which

for many years have been marked by inshore fishing. Klitmoeller is a place that still retains its memories from the time when ships sailed from the village. Nowadays Klitmoeller is also called “Cold Hawaii” due to its special wind and wave conditions – this has made Klitmoeller world famous as a surfing area. In Nr. Vorupør, the museum tells stories about the inshore fishing and the people of the village, while Stenbjerg is characterised by its rescue museum, landing place and the characteristic white fishermen’s houses telling of days gone by. The village of Agger has a small, idyllic church, which had to be moved twice because of the sand drift. “De Sorte Huse” (the black houses) tell the story of coast protection together with the “Fiskerhuset” (fisherman’s house), which shows the west coast style of building and how a fisherman’s family lived in the 19th century. In the port of Hanstholm, Jutland’s northwest corner, you will find Denmark’s largest fishing port, which gives the city a special and international touch together with the many fishing cutters and the ferry to the Faroe Islands and Iceland. In Hanstholm, you will also find one of the main attractions in Thy – Museumscenter Hanstholm – the bunker museum with the great cannon from World War II. It is well worth a visit to learn more about the history of the Atlantic Wall as well as the most important Danish defence point.

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Hotel Thinggaard – Well-being made easy By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Hotel Thinggaard

Located in the beautiful North Jutland region of Thy, Hotel Thinggaard offers the perfect backdrop for any holiday, be it full of activities or just for relaxation. The hotel is situated in the town of Hurup between the North Sea and the Limfjord, as well as close to Thy National Park and right adjacent to the Sydthy Spa and Sydthy Swimming Bath. The hotel was built in 1889, right next to a new railroad link. It was originally a ‘mission hotel’, which was run according to Christian principles. The hotel did not serve any alcohol between 1930 and 2004, which is when current owner Michael Thinggaard took over the establishment. Subsequently, Thinggaard put the hotel onto a more modern course, and in 2009 he built 24 new rooms, making the majority of the hotel rooms brand new (32

rooms altogether). However, he still kept the traditional style of the historic main building intact. Thinggaard explains the appeal of the hotel: “We have a great staff, and people know that we have a lot more time for them, because it’s a very small hotel. Our restaurant is open every night and the standard of cooking is very high. Many guests come here specifically for the excellent food as well as the closeness to nature and the North Sea.”

The leisure opportunities surrounding Hotel Thinggaard are almost boundless, as you can explore the beautiful environment in countless ways, or just go shopping in town. Or why not make it into a Wellness holiday by visiting the neighbouring spa? Hotel Thinggaard offers relaxing experiences for all travellers. For more information, please visit: www.hotelthinggaard.dk

Set camp in the coastal village of Nr. Vorupør By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Strandgaardens Camping

In Nr. Vorupør, the largest and liveliest coastal village in Thy, you can experience the North Sea at its best in stunning, natural surroundings. Jan Brusgaard’s family business in Nr. Vorupør offers both camping and summer housing for travellers, who really enjoy a holiday full of sun, sand and the sea. “My parents took over the business in Nr. Vorupør in 1978. However, it was first established in 1965. Today we rent out 400 houses in the area (through Feriepartner Thy), run the local camping site (Strandgaardens Camping) as well as the local supermarket (EURO Spar Vorupør). My parents are still involved in the family business, but the day-to-day-running is done by me and my brother-in-law,” explains Brusgaard.

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Brusgaard’s family business offers cosy and affordable accommodation and camping facilities in the serene setting of an idyllic small fishing village. This has shown to be especially popular with couples and families with small children, who seek peace and tranquillity, as well as holiday activities set close to nature. Nr. Vorupør is known for being one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe, and also a popular fishing point. Strandgaardens Camping is perfectly located right by the beach, so that you are only minutes away from relaxing in the sun or swimming in the waves of the North Sea.

For more information, please visit: www.strandgaardenscamping.dk www.feriepartner-thy.dk


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Tambohus Kro – Relaxation by the Limfjord By Nia Kajastie | Photos: ThyholmFoto.dk

Located in Northern Jutland with a unique view over the Limfjord and Jegindø (Jegind Island), Tambohus Kro is a beautiful little inn with a long and quirky history. If you are searching for real peace and quiet in a historical setting, then Tambohus Kro is the perfect holiday experience for you. In 1830, a young fisherman by the name of Chresten Pedelsen moved to a small place in Thyholm set by the beautiful Limfjord, and soon became known as ‘Chresten Tambour’ because of his background as an army drummer. He made a real name for himself by infiltrating a local gang of criminal scavengers, and then luring them into a trap to be captured for good. Subsequently in 1842, he was awarded the royal privilege of opening his own inn under the name of ‘Tam-

bohus’, which also became the name of the village. Today, this very same establishment is still standing in the same picturesque location and is going as strong as ever. They currently have 29 rooms, 14 with a stunning water view of the Limfjord, as well as an excellent restaurant that focuses on homemade food and a bar. Tambohus Kro is a small hotel, where you get to relax in a calm and cosy atmosphere.

You can choose to have a very active holiday as well, as the inn also offers opportunities for golf, hiking, cycling and kayaking, all in the presence of stunning scenery and unspoiled nature.

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Vigsø Feriecenter – Family fun by the North Sea By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Vigsø Feriecenter

Vigsø Feriecenter (Vigsø Holiday Centre) is a family-friendly holiday resort, located in the most north-westerly corner of Denmark by the North Sea. Set in a

can accommodate anything from 6 to 8 individuals, with the exception of a larger one that fits up to 24 people. More than half the houses also include a stunning sea view for

picturesque valley close to Thy National Park, the resort offers magnificent views of unblemished nature and heathery dunes as well as the soothing sound of waves crashing onto the sandy beach. Vigsø Feriecenter consists of 174 summer houses and a small hotel with 22 rooms (17 double and 5 single rooms). The houses

you to admire. And as the accommodation is spread out on a plot of 130 hectares of land, there is no fear of noisy disruptions or

overcrowding at this tranquil resort. “It is very peaceful out here. It is mainly a nature area, and when you walk out of the resort for 100 m, you are already in the middle of nowhere,” says Head of the Centre, Henrik Beith. “It is nice and quiet with no cars or large crowds. People say it is nice to be here because it is not like a typical holiday resort.” There are also a lot of different activities available for the whole family. Vigsø Feriecenter boasts, among other things, a water park with a Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium, waterslide and several pools. On top of this, you can also enjoy some mini golf, motocross, stand up paddling, tennis, golf, biking and much, much more. For more information, please visit: www.vigsoe-ferie.dk

Hanstholm Camping By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Hanstholm Camping

than 5,000 anglers annually choose to stay with us to experience fishing in the Yellow Reef, where you can, for example, find cod, catfish and hake.”

Thy Feriepark - Hanstholm Camping has a spectacular setting, surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve and an overwhelming view of the North Sea. And it is located in the district of Thy in Jutland, Denmark’s most north-western point.

The campsite also includes several heated pools, a recreation room with pool and billiard tables, large playgrounds, tennis courts, a soccer field, basketball court and much more. A bakery also supplies you with Danish pastries every morning.

Hanstholm Camping is well-known for its comprehensive programme of activities and outdoor life. The site covers an expanse of 45 acres, where up to 2,250 guests can enjoy themselves. Bent Thodsen, who runs the camp, took over the business eight years ago. Back then Hanstholm was just an ordinary camping site. Today you can go diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, geo-caching, waterskiing and tree climbing. Or why not try horse riding on the long and deserted sandy beaches, while admiring the un-

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tamed landscape of dunes. Or perhaps you would like to visit the local National Park? “I saw the potential and decided to go ahead and it turned out to be a success,” says Bent Thodsen. “For example, more

The restaurants on the camping site are open throughout the summer season; as well as the à la carte menu, a fish and barbeque buffet is provided every week. The camping site is open all year round. For more information visit: www.hanstholm-camping.dk


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Hotel Kiltheden

By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Hotel Kiltheden

– Friendly service and exceptional food in the heart of Thy Hotel Klitheden is located in Nr. Vorupør approximately 300 m from the beach and the sea, in the heart of the beautiful region of Thy. Current owner Stig Andersen bought the hotel in 2005 after it had been closed for five years and turned a rough diamond into a real gem. Today Andersen can be very proud of what he managed to turn Hotel Klitheden into, as it now presents itself as a bright, welcoming and immaculately decorated establishment with a popular restaurant, a banquet room and newly refurbished accommodation. The hotel restaurant serves a good mix of Danish cooking with a homemade feel to it as well as a gourmet menu that uses only the best seasonal ingredients available. The chefs will also be able to cook

something special for any occasion, be it a birthday, wedding, confirmation or any other joyous celebration. The warm and hospitable atmosphere of the hotel is further boosted by Andersen’s presence. He is the perfect host, who will always do his best to tend to your every need with a smile – and without missing a step. You will be treated like a royal, literally, as Andersen, on top of his own job, has worked as a servant for the Danish royal family since 1998.

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Scan Magazine | Travel | Skåne

Skåne – Sweden’s hidden gem Photos: Visit Skåne

Skåne is a province rich in contrasts and cherished by the Swedes themselves for its beauty, diversity, dynamic cities and lively countryside. Its colourful landscape is extremely varied, with plains, sandy beaches, deep forests and steep cliff faces. And everything is so close! It takes roughly an hour to drive from the west coast of Skåne to the east or from north to south. The region’s largest city is Malmö, second and third are Helsingborg and Lund, an old university town, often called the Oxford of Sweden. Skåne is well known for being Sweden’s culinary province, and it is the home of several award-winning chefs – especially Malmö and Helsingborg. Elsewhere in the province you will find many guesthouses with long and distinguished histories. Skåne is truly a golfer’s paradise, featuring some of the best golf courses in northern Europe. And you can reach more than 70 golf courses in just over an hour. With its relatively mild climate, Skåne is also a province of many beautiful gardens and parks.

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Until 1658 Skåne was part of Denmark, and evidence of the province’s interesting history includes 200 manor houses, castles and palaces. Several of them are open to the public, with wonderful gardens, artwork and food. Some also offer accommodation in grand settings. And if you are interested in art and design, Skåne is the perfect place to discover local artists and designers: you will find them in galleries and art shops all over the region. The Form/Design Center in Malmö is a perfect place to start. Skåne is ideal for outdoor activities because of its 900 km of hiking trails and scenic roads for biking. There are also lakes and rivers for canoeing trips and fishing, and in north-western Skåne you can also try some rock climbing. Skåne is also the best province for the whole family: long white sandy beaches and several amusement parks at hand. In the heart of the province you can visit Skåne’s Djurpark, a zoo with more than 80 species of Nordic animals.

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Yangtorp Qigong Resort – calm and tranquillity in the Skåne forest By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Yangtorp Qigong Resort

Imagine having a dream for 25 years and finally taking the final steps towards realising it. As a 20 year old, Swedish Marcus Bongart discovered Qigong whilst travelling in America. Today, almost 40 years later, he is about to open up the doors to an Oriental temple for training, meditation and rest, the first of its kind in Europe. Marcus Bongart is a master of Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine and is highly respected in the western world. His creation is called Yangtorp. This unusual place is located in Jönstorp, in southern Sweden within the Skåne beech forest, between Hörby and Lund. After spending several decades on dedicated study and therapy work and then constructing what he calls “an insane project”, the opening will soon be a very special moment in his history. “I’m just enjoying this moment here and now, and it’s fantastic being able to fulfil

this dream together with friends,” says Marcus Bongart over the phone. The beautiful buildings designed by Marcus and the surrounding area provide endless opportunities for solitude, peace and tranquillity, and as a guest you can decide if you want to be alone or participate in activities. At Yangtorp, Marcus Bongart offers acupuncture, massage, courses in Qigong and Chinese medicine and meditation. Applications have already begun flooding in and so have visitors from all over the world, despite Yangtorp not being officially open yet. “Yangtorp teaches the Eastern understanding about how to avoid illness by wellbeing, focusing on the lifestyle, the soul, physical and mental balance, fitness, philosophy and diet,” says Marcus Bongart.

Lemon balm, coriander, ginger and ginseng are, for example, some of the many flavours that the Yangtorp cuisine is based on, and they all grow in the temple’s own herb garden. The temple also has a small number of overnight rooms, 32 double rooms in total. All are strictly constructed according to Feng Shui philosophy. Annica Svensson, receptionist at Yangtorp, sums it up: “Our guests react very strongly when they get here and get very moved by it all, it’s really hard to describe this place if you haven’t experienced it.”

For more information, please visit: www.yangtorp.com

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Hotel Skansen – A haven for tennis fans and adventure lovers By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Hotel Skansen

Located by a small harbour in the town of Båstad, Hotel Skansen is a spacious resort that offers four star accommodation, excellent conference facilities as well as a restaurant renowned for the quality of its locally sourced ingredients. But most importantly it is the perfect holiday destination for adventure lovers and true tennis fans. Hotel Skansen consists of three different buildings that are set around a world famous tennis court that plays host to the Swedish Open.

aesthetics of the surrounding town and landscape.

The main hotel building dates back to 1877, when it was used as a granary. In the 1920s it was turned into a hotel, and since 1990 it has gone through several expansion projects as well as a brief closure in 2000. Although it looks quite different from its original incarnation, it still blends in nicely with the historical

The hotel includes an adventure company that helps guests plan special activities such as golf, tennis, skiing, fishing, horse riding, sailing and hiking. Hotel Skansen also has a special arrangement with Torekov Hotel, which is owned by the same company (Scandinavian Resort) but run by a different manager, for organising

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hiking trips between the two resorts. According to Jönne these have become exceedingly popular with British travellers.

Adventure holiday Hotel Skansen includes 173 rooms and 25 conference venues as well as a large bar, popular restaurant and spa area. “We have a very high satisfaction rate. It’s a four star hotel, but people say we have five star service, which makes us very proud,” says Hotel Manager Henrik Jönne. “This is mainly a sporty leisure hotel that offers exclusive and personal service.”

Tennis Court fit for a King The tennis club has been a part of Hotel Skansen’s history for a very long time. Even the Swedish King Gustav V used to play on these courts, while taking part in the forerunner of today’s Swedish Open the Swedish Championships. The Collector Swedish Open (Women) and The SkiStar Swedish Open (Men) 2010 were both held in this very location and only came to a finish as recently as mid-July.

For more information, please visit: www.hotelskansen.se www.torekovhotell.se www.scandinavianresort.se


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Örum Nygård Farm Hotel By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Örum Nygård Farm Hotel

frigerator, all bright and spacious. There is also a modern conference room with seating for 50 people, a lounge with a bar, two changing rooms, a massage room, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

Discover Henning Mankell’s beloved detective Wallander´s corner of Sweden! Located only 20 kilometres from Ystad, Örum Nygård Farm Hotel is a wonderful option for your stay in Österlen, the southeastern part of the Swedish province of Skåne, famous for its beautiful nature, picturesque towns and farmland.

The kitchen, where Sven-Åke’s wife Birgitta is in charge, serves hearty and homemade traditional Swedish food that is carefully prepared by their staff and very much loved by their guests.

Local farmers Birgitta and Sven-Åke Larsson decided to take a drastic career move from piglet production to the tourism industry in 2002. What was once a pig farm is now the charming hotel and SPA named the Örum Nygård Farm Hotel. “It was time to begin a new chapter, and it became something quite different,” explains Sven-Åke Larsson. “The stable was converted into guest rooms and by midsummer 2003, we were ready to open. We

really enjoy our new careers where we get to meet lots of nice people, although it’s hard work running a hotel.” Today, the hotel has 10 double rooms and 5 family rooms with a kitchenette and re-

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Beautiful view over the 17th hole on the Lakes Course, which was opened as recently as 29 May 2010

PGA of Sweden National – A Golfer’s Paradise 13 years in the making By Nia Kajastie | Photos: PGA Sweden National

The PGA of Sweden National is the high-quality end product of 13 years of meticulous planning and a real labour of love for the Professional Golfers’ Association of Sweden. This top international golfing facility now boasts two worldclass 18-hole championship courses, the Lakes and the Links, which will enable players to practise and play under the very best conditions. It is located in a perfect setting in the southern region of Sweden, in Bara 15 minutes from Malmö City, which offers a preferential climate and great transport links, as it is only 20 minutes from Malmö airport and 30 minutes from Copenhagen airport. On top of the first-rate golf courses, the resort also offers a clubhouse with 16 fully furnished suites, a restaurant, bar and changing rooms.

The idea for the PGA of Sweden National first popped up in 1996, and the board of the PGA was eagerly looking forward to adding a golfing resort to their long and impressive resume for teaching golf. However, the development of the project took a lot longer than the board members had

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first imagined. Investors started taking an interest in the resort in 2002/2003. A year later Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned golf architect, began planning the courses and facilities. In 2006, the work on the development finally commenced, and 13 years after the planning started, the offi-

cial opening of the PGA of Sweden National took place on 12 June 2009. Links & Lakes With 45 holes altogether, the PGA of Sweden National includes two large 18-hole courses and a fantastic 9-hole par three


From left clockwise: The impressive Clubhouse; Restaurant offering local produce; High-quality accommodation in suites & The 12th green on the Links Course

course. The first course to open was the Links, which draws its influence from 19th century golf course architecture, but is also built in accordance with modern standards. The large green areas, the undulations, the small bunkers and the grass specification provide playing characteristics typical of links courses.

ing and makes the golfing experience so much more fun. We do host professional tournaments, but outside of tournament time, it’s the amateur golfers who come and play. The courses are masterpieces in the way they challenge the pro but also give the amateur a most enjoyable experience. The courses are accessible to all golfers and we welcome everyone.”

The parkland Lakes Course, on the other hand, was opened as recently as 29 May 2010. The design evokes traditional architecture from the early 20th century, with small greens with tightly mown chipping areas, large and formidable bunkers and water hazards defining the character of the Lakes. The three fierce finishing holes are a demanding test of strategy and nerves. An impressive lake comes into play on the 17th and guards the entire left side of the 18th hole.

With golf courses designed by one of the best golf architects of today and amazing natural surroundings, what more could one really ask for from a perfect golf resort? One good example is the resort’s ongoing relationship with the PGA of Sweden, which guarantees that the quality and standards of the golfing facilities and teaching equipment are always kept at a premium level.

“Both courses are of equal quality and strategic interest,” says CEO Ove Sellberg. “However, there is a big contrast in design between the two of them, which is inspir-

“A big investment and a lot of effort have gone into creating these high-quality golf courses,” says Sellberg. “The accommodation and restaurant follow along those

PGA Sweden equals quality

same lines. We call the accommodation suites rather than rooms because they are around 45m2-100m2 in size. And we can do almost anything in our restaurant, which makes an effort to enhance the region’s produce, so there is always a local touch to the food. Our international guests really enjoy that.” The PGA of Sweden National goes a long way to assure top class service that is up to international standards. This includes a very customer oriented way of thinking as well as the upkeep of a very friendly, familiar and relaxed atmosphere. The resort is also unique as its membership offers a lot of free starting times, so that everyone has the chance to book a stay. “We try very hard to be the best international golfing facility and resort out there,” stresses Sellberg.

For more information, please visit: www.pgaswedennational.se

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Scan Magazine | Travel | Skåne

Kivik’s Hotel – Conference and Spa By Sara Schedin | Photo: Kivik’s Hotel

spring when the trees blossom, and in the autumn when it is time to harvest the apples. The hotel also arranges trips to Kivik’s renowned cider brewery.

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Österlen in Skåne, the picturesque village Kivik provides easy access to everything the region has to offer. Kivik’s Hotel is located just a stone’s throw from the town’s harbour and offers perfect settings for both business and leisure visitors. “Our hotel is suitable for both relaxing holidays as well as work conferences. The hotel’s conference rooms can seat up to 30 people, but we can also arrange conferences for as many as 70,” says Managing Director Lisbeth Linde.

Kivik’s Hotel has a newly opened spa, which offers lush treatments such as massages and facials. At the hotel’s restaurant, the guests can enjoy a beautifully prepared meal made from locally produced ingredients.

There are many ways to enjoy your stay at this lovely 24-bed hotel, which provides an array of activities.

area. For the golf fans there is a golf course nearby, and the beautiful national park Stenshuvud, which is situated just outside Kivik, is perfect for hiking,” says Linde.

“You can borrow a bike and visit the different artists that live and work in the

Kivik is famous for its apple orchards, which are a popular attraction in the

The romantic setting is perfect for lovedup couples and wedding parties. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the hotel’s garden or in one of the nearby medieval churches.

For more info visit www.kivikshotell.se

Falsterbo Strandbad – a place where everything is possible By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Falsterbo Strandbad

as it is noticeably taller than any of the other houses in the area.

Located in the middle of a pine forest and a short walk from one of Sweden’s most beautiful beaches, Falsterbo Strandbad is a curious creature of an event venue that is constantly adapting according to its customers’ needs. It is truly a place where all events and meetings, from fashion shows to fine dining, are possible. Falsterbo Strandbad is a striking building that makes quite an impression on its own already, and Johan Wallenborg, who runs the establishment together with Cecilia Richter, has descriptively dubbed it ‘an architectural sculpture’. Wallenborg helps us identify the concept behind this multifaceted venue: “It’s a living house open for everything from memorial services to weddings, sport nights, children’s discos, fine dining, shows and

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Wallenborg explains how they are able to integrate so many different themes in one space: “Cecilia and I are in charge here, and we both have a history in performance and arts. We are constantly making changes to the venue to create new ‘Ahaexperiences’. We create new rooms more or less every day.” theatre. But it also has five main legs, namely the café, restaurant, bar, nightclub and conferences. These are the things we work with every day, all year around.” The building includes two big terraces and three different areas that can accommodate up to 1,200 guests at the same time. The building also offers a unique sea view,

So whether you are there for the annual Falsterbo Horse Show parties or a more subdued cultural event, you will always be treated to something unique. For more information, please visit: www.falsterbostrandbad.se or www.falsterbostrandbad.skane.com


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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Skovshoved Hotel

Skovshoved Hotel is a part of the esteemed Historic Hotels of Europe.

Hotel of the Month, Denmark:

Skovshoved Hotel - Sea, Culture and Shopping By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Skovshoved Hotel

With beautiful natural surroundings and set conveniently close to a big city, at Skovshoved Hotel you are the perfect distance from the hustle of everyday life to enjoy a family vacation, leisure or business trip – “this is a home away from home” for everyone! “Big enough to serve you - Small enough to know you.” This is the slogan of the four star-rated Skovshoved Hotel, situated in the charming former fishing village of Skovshoved, four miles north of Copenhagen and just a stone’s throw from the sea. If you are looking for a hotel that offers personal service, has an intimate feel and authentic Danish atmosphere, here is the answer.

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Skovshoved Hotel is a part of the esteemed Historic Hotels of Europe, as it fulfils all the criteria to merit membership. The hotel is situated in a historical building with an intriguing story to tell, and offers high-quality service and food cooked to a high gastronomic level. As a member of Historical Hotels Denmark, it also works closely with Historical Hotels Norway and Countryside Hotels in Sweden. “There are many things that make our hotel special,” says Hotel Manager Ann D. Schunck. “It is run with a big heart, and we aim to serve our guests with a smile 24/7. Most of the rooms have a balcony with a lovely sea view. And as we are not far from Copenhagen, you can experience

the big city, the outskirts of the city as well as the wonderful nature.” Skovshoved Hotel was rated as one of the world’s Top 50 Hottest Hotels by Condé Nast in 2004, and the hotel’s restaurant has been recommended by the Michelin Guide since 2007. Activities for everyone The hotel was established back in 1660 as a pub and accommodation for local fishermen for when the weather at sea was too rough. The Skovshoved Pub is still running next door to the hotel, so if you would like to enjoy a Carlsberg, a shot of Gammel Dansk, have a traditional Danish meal or play a game of pool, you do not have to walk very far.


Left: A beautiful view from the balcony. Right: The hotel’s restaurant has been recommended by the Michelin Guide since 2007

Skovshoved Hotel has been decorated in a light and simple Scandinavian style by the hotel’s own interior designer. There are always dozens of candle lights dotted around the hotel as well as fresh flowers to create a homely feel. And if you fancy visiting the Danish Capital, there is a bus that stops right outside the hotel that will take you to the City Hall Square near Tivoli and the famous shopping street Strøget. It only takes 30 minutes to the centre of Copenhagen, where you will find exclusive shops and a mix of vibrant cultures. For the nature lover, the Royal Hunting Grounds with forests and open fields can be accessed easily on foot or bicycle. “One can be picked up by horse carriage or rent one of the hotel’s bicycles for a cycling trip in order to explore the area,” says Ann Schunck. This natural preserve has an abundance of wildlife, including large herds of deer. The hotel is also set close to one of Denmark’s oldest golf clubs, the Copenhagen Golf Club, as well as the Søllerrød and

Rungsted clubs. The world’s oldest amusement park Bakken, the Experimentarium, Denmark’s Aquarium and the famous art gallery Louisiana are all located near the hotel.

venue for business meetings, conferences or a lunch break in the restaurant. Or why not order a picnic basket and have lunch by the sea or on the Royal Hunting Grounds?

A perfect venue for dining, celebrations and business

“Besides managing large conferences and events at the hotel and restaurant, we also provide catering services. We will gladly arrange any event, for both private and business occasions,” says Ann Schunck.

The hotel also includes a well-known à la carte restaurant, run by Rasmus Kjaer, Chef of the Year 2002 in Denmark. Located in the heart of the hotel, it serves delicious gourmet food at an exceptional level, fresh and locally produced. Whether for a business or private event, a delicious lunch experience is always on offer. If you are planning on getting married, you should definitely consider holding the wedding at Skovshoved Hotel. The event hall on the first floor with a private bar and terrace, overlooking the historical village and the sea, is a lovely place to celebrate your vows. The location, surroundings and atmosphere at the hotel make it a fantastic

Skovshoved Hotel is open all year around with free parking throughout the day. “We have a lot of guests who stay with us over the Christmas period. Many Danes who live abroad stay with us each time they return, which emphasises our home away from home feeling,” concludes Ann Schunck.

For more information, please visit: www.skovshovedhotel.dk

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Hotel Gyllene Uttern

Hotel of the month, Sweden:

Hotel Gyllene Uttern Hotel Gyllene Uttern (The Golden Otter) is located in Gränna, 35 km north of Jönköping on the eastern shores of lake Vättern. “This is the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend,” says hotel manager Lisa Sunesson. “The beautiful scenery along the shores of the lake invites one to take long walks, all year round. Add to that a wide range of culture and history.” The hotel was built in the 1930s by Captain Gyllensvaan and became Sweden’s first motor hotel. It grew from a coffee shop and gas station to a now impressive hotel with numerous rooms. It is an exciting building inspired by many eras, and it is located within the triangle of Brahe’s castle, Visingsborg on Visingsö, Brahehus on the neighbouring hill and Västanå Castle, just south of Gränna.

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The surroundings of Gränna and Gyllene Uttern offer a variety of experiences and destinations with many exciting activities. Perhaps a round on one of the country’s best golf courses may tempt? Or why not try to bake some candy cane? Gränna is known for its red and white polkagris (“polka pig” in Swedish) stick candy, also known as peppermint rock. “Gyllene Uttern is also a popular setting for wedding receptions and even has its own chapel for civil ceremonies,” explains Sunesson. “The view over the lake and the island of Visingsö is simply magnificent,” she adds. The hotel has 51 individually decorated rooms, and three suites, all of them overlooking the stunning lake of Vättern. Other facilities include a bright, modern conference centre, lounges with open fires, a

By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Hotel Gyllene Uttern

terrace with outdoor seating and a lobby bar and coffee house. In the Hall of Knights, the restaurant at Gyllene Uttern, one can marvel at the cosy interior, sparkling chandeliers and medieval armour, or dine on the veranda with fantastic panoramic views. The kitchen serves classic Swedish cuisine. “Last year Gyllene Uttern was chosen as the venue for a dinner for the Crown Princess Victoria and EU ministers, which of course was a huge honour,” remarks Sunesson. Gyllene Uttern is open all year round and the peak season is normally during the summer. For more information, please visit: www.gylleneutternhotelgroup.com


Scan Magazine | Columns | Humour

IS IT JUST ME...

By Mette Lisby

Or is there something odd in our attitude towards the economy? I get that the financial situation is tough, but for some reason we keep referring to the economy as if it was a person. A human in its own right – and, may I say, not a very stable one. Usually this honour of “humanization” is strictly reserved for animals who have had their own Disney-show, but somehow The Economy managed to wedge itself in there with Willy, Lassie and Bambi. The markets get “depressed”, the FTSE is “overreacting” and stock prices are “overheated”. Stock prices “overheated”! That’s something the teacher might say when you pick up your 3-year old daughter from Kindergarten. “She was a bit overheated around lunch. Someone stole her tricycle.” Markets get “depressed”. Oh dear. Maybe the markets would like to lie down before dinner? And you can just hear the FTSE

UNIFORM

Before starting school in England, I found myself trawling through the shops of my nearest town in an apprehensive daze, as I tried to gather the garments needed for my school uniform. If anyone reads this who is in fact English, you may frown in bewilderment at this thought, but as no one had exactly explained to me what the official rules of a school uniform were, I genuinely found the whole thing to be a mystery. Having purchased an ill-fitting grey

“overreacting”, like a self-absorbed teenage girl: “Of course I’m depressed! NO ONE has any confidence in me anymore!” On top of this, financial markets are always referred to with a special deference. Voices go respectfully to a lower tone, foreheads wrinkle up, even at the slightest mention of The Economy. As if The Economy was some kind of mysterious, supernatural enigma. We are skeptical towards religions, spirituality, and the mere thought of any kind of God or all-encompassing power, but “The Economy” and the stock markets – which are created by and controlled by none other than … ourselves – are constantly subject to a respect and humility that usually applies to forces of Nature. Like Tornadoes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes, The Economy is considered unpredictable, almighty, fierce and we hu-

mans merely pawns at its mercy. Except Tornadoes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes ARE forces of Nature whereas The Economy is just a manmade Drama-queen – apparently in need of stimulus. Wouldn’t that count as Viagra for the Economy? Because that would make it a different kind of Queen. 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.

By Maria Smedstad

skirt and a horrific shirt, I turned up for my first day of school. I was taken to an office, where one of my future teachers looked me up and down dispassionately, then dug around in a drawer until she found a crumpled old school tie, which I sort of wrapped around my neck a few times before being sent on my way. I won’t mention the shop from which I bought my skirt and shirt, but I can tell you that I left a small trail of static sparks in my wake and that everything itched. Stuffing the itchy shirt inside the itchy skirt seemed idiotic, so I didn’t. Around day four I got cold during a lesson and put on a jumper. The sight of me with my shirt untucked, wearing a non-school jumper became too much for one of my teachers, who stopped the lesson to tell me off. You may shake your head in disbelief, but I still didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. (Largely because, unfortunately, the teacher had a severe case of lazy eye, so I didn’t know she was talking to me.) Some of my newly

found friends, more sympathetic towards a clueless foreigner, gradually filled me in, until I finally felt I understood the rules. That is until charity non-uniform day arrived. My friends again patiently tried to explain, but in the end snapped in exasperation. ‘Just turn up in your jeans and bring a can of tinned beans.’ Which I did – still not completely understanding why. Maria Smedstad moved to the UK from Sweden in 1994. She received a degree in Illustration in 2001, before settling in the capital as a freelance cartoonist, creating the autobiographical cartoon Em. She writes a column on the trials and tribulations of life as a Swede in the UK.

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Scan Magazine | Food | Wine

A Vintage to Behold All eyes have been on Bordeaux lately, rejoicing in the ‘perfect’ 2009 vintage. But as a single case of some of these wines can cost more than my entire education, I am relieved to know that the other side of France experienced similar ideal conditions, and the wines are far more keenly priced.

quality terms is a blend of wines from various villages called Beaujolais Villages, leaving the cream of the crop, the 10 Beaujolais ‘Crus’ or individual villages. These wines the famous Fleurie being one of them - are

Located in the lower region of Burgundy, Beaujolais hosts almost 3,000 wineries, producing an astonishing 133 million bottles of the magnificent 2009 vintage. Whereas the rest of Burgundy is known for growing Pinot Noir, it is the light red skinned grape Gamay that reigns in the south. If you’re more familiar with the fun and frolics that accompany the easy drinking Beaujolais Noveau, released on the third Thursday in November each year, then you’ll be surprised to know there are many more facets to the wines from this area. Like the rest of Burgundy, there is an entry level (Appellation Contrôlée) simply called Beaujolais, next up in

Domaine de la Madon, Fleurie, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 Made from old vines, this wonderful wine from the Cru of Fleurie is delightfully aromatic with strawberries and black pastille fruits coming through on the nose. Lots of concentration of fruit on the palate with a hint of black pepper, giving real depth and character.

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Henry Fessy, Brouilly, 2009 Winner of the Beaujolais Trophy in the International Wine Challenge, this wine is laced with silky, velvety black fruits. Delicious to drink now and can also improve with age.

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Restaurant of the Month, Sweden:

SoHo – Meeting point for fellow-minded food lovers By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Restaurant SoHo

Restaurant SoHo is the 6-year-old brainchild of Managing Director Ann-Charlotte Gerdne, who wanted to create a meeting place for all times of the day and people of all ages. This adaptable and multitasking establishment is set in central Göteborg, but borrows its name from the trendy cultural hotspots in New York and London. The philosophy behind SoHo promotes relaxation and a “make yourself at home” or “turn it into your office” approach, as you can pop by for breakfast, coffee, dinner, a glass of wine or just to meet new people. Ann-Charlotte Gerdne followed her ambitions and came up with a hybrid coffee shop, bar (specialising in wine & cocktails), take-away place and restaurant, with a definite international and arty twist to it. It is un-Swedish on many accounts,

but this uniqueness is probably also why it attracts both locals and tourists. “We try to follow the red thread of what SoHo stands for. People come here for the atmosphere and for the concept, as we are open all day,” she says. “The restaurant is also developing all the time, as we want to keep things interesting for people. 50% of our customers are regulars, who come again and again.”

many times a week as you like to try different things,” says Ann-Charlotte. “Also, the different rooms all have different atmospheres. There are multiple different concepts under one roof here.” But most importantly she wants to emphasise SoHo as a “living room” for people to get to know each other: “It is a meeting point rather than a restaurant.”

Food fusion & Conceptual blend The food is, naturally, also a fusion of international flavours. The kitchen mixes Asian, French, Italian and American cooking for a crossover taste that is often traditional and surprising at the same time. The theme of a blend of different influences extends also to the decor as well as the business model. “We serve breakfast as well as cocktails, so you can come as

For more information, please visit: www.sohogothenburg.com Address: SoHo Östra Larmgatan 16 411 07 Göteborg Sweden

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Café de France

Restaurant of the Month, Norway:

Satisfy your sophisticated palate at Café de France By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Restaurant Café de France

In Stavanger, tucked away in a residential area only moments away from the centre of town, there lies a unique little restaurant with high culinary standards and a door that is always locked. However, Café de France does not close its doors to shut people out, but rather to keep the quiet and comfortable atmosphere inside intact. Once you ring the doorbell and step inside, you will be greeted by a professional waiter and offered a menu boasting food made of high-quality local and international ingredients and a selection of unique wines.

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Café de France was first established in 1988 and has had several owners since then. Four years ago it was renamed and turned into a Nordic restaurant, but not for very long. Current General Manager Emil Heimdal explains: “I bought the restaurant at the end of last December, and although I respect the Nordic style of cooking, I didn’t agree with the new direction the restaurant had taken. So I closed it down and reopened Café de France, which had become known as an institution of good cooking, and it needed, and deserved to be, a part of

the restaurant scene in Stavanger once again.” Subsequently, Café de France was reopened in mid-January 2010. And it now runs smoothly under the management of Heimdal with the help of a staff of four people: two working in the kitchen and two waiters. But even with a distinctly small team the service is seamless, as the highly professional workforce knows how to handle the needs of their dining guests in an almost relaxed manner. The restaurant sits up to 35 people, and the


Top Left: From the left: Nicolai Lundsgaard (Head Chef), Mari Sommerchild (Chef) and Emil Heimdal (General Manager)

environment feels unique, as it is fine dining, but in a small, cosy and private setting. “When business customers ask for a private table, we can tell them that all our tables are private, as it’s never too crowded or too loud,” says Heimdal. “It is also a very traditional setting with white tablecloths and napkins as well as silverware and crystal glasses.” Food without a label Café de France serves a six course menu everyday, which changes every fortnight. The ingredients are chosen for their high quality, whether it is local fish, meat or vegetables, or exclusive top international ingredients such as foie gras. The menu can be enjoyed in its entirety or you can pick and choose a smaller set of courses. The wine menu is an experience in itself, as each course from the food menu can be matched perfectly with a glass of ex-

cellent wine. The waiters have an extensive knowledge when it comes to choosing the right wines, so you do not have to be a connoisseur yourself. The style of the cooking, however, is not the easiest thing to describe, and Heimdal definitely does not want to put a label on it. “I kind of hate the word ‘concept’, as we don’t want to put ourselves in a lockeddown position,” he says. “We do Central European cooking with French, Italian, Spanish and some Asian influences. But it is a new generation of cooking, and we’re always moving and always adapting. There are no specific words to describe our style, because if you want to be part of the game, you need to be able to evolve. “But our style is also based on traditional cooking, like the slow-cooking of meat, for example. We have respect for old traditions, but we do not subscribe to any specific style. We’re not really modern ei-

ther, but there are some elements of it. We’re always evolving,” he continues. But even without a label, the food is definitely superb and, most importantly, inspired. According to Heimdal, there is always a good energy and feeling amongst the customers, as they are extremely happy about the quality of their food and wine. And in the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of Café de France, the happy guests seem like just a natural extension of their surroundings.

For more information, please visit: www.cafedefrance.no Address: Café de France Eiganesveien 8 4008 Stavanger Norway

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Restaurant of the Month, Denmark:

Restaurant Gilleleje Havn & Krostuen By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Restaurant Gilleleje Havn & Krostuen

Restaurant Gilleleje Havn has breathtaking views and is located at the northernmost point of North Zealand in Denmark. This famous fishing village has a beautiful old town centre with views of Steep Square, a well-known unspoilt fishing port, one of the few active in the country. Well-recognised Danish chef Annette Bylov Sørensen and her husband Jack Juul used to visit what is now their own restaurant throughout their childhood as they grew up in the area. “All chefs dream about running their own restaurant. This one in particular has a

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spectacular setting and when it came onto the market and eventually became ours, we couldn’t believe our luck,” says Annette Bylov Sørensen. Annette is an experienced TV chef in Denmark and has written a number of cookbooks, before deciding to set up this wonderful restaurant, open all year round with its peak season in the summer. Love for food and fresh-baked bread Annette and her husband Jack opened their restaurant in 2004. “It’s all about fish, as fresh as it can be, caught and prepared the same day. We have gained a

reputation for offering North Zealand’s best food and service,” says Annette. She also shares some of their creative ideas: “We basically created a restaurant we would love to visit ourselves, with freshly prepared food we would love to eat. There is a joy permeating the food in our kitchen, and we always get excited like children when we hold the very first fresh baby potato of the year or smell freshly picked chanterelle mushrooms. I’ve travelled all over the world, so our inspiration comes from everywhere really, although all of our ingredients are Danish and our team makes everything from scratch, even


Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Rest. Gilleleje Havn

the bread, which can be bought freshly baked in the restaurant every day.��� The idea of a bakery had long been on Annette’s mind: “People around me were unsure at first, some of them even laughed, but it turned out to be a real success.” Their wonderful rye bread is now known and catered throughout Gilleleje. Happy customers Restaurant Gilleleje Havn is open for lunch and dinner, and meals are also available for takeaway, a very popular option, especially around Christmas and New Year celebrations. Their most famous dishes are the French style fish soup, fried place with lemon and potato and lobster. “You will be greeted with a friendly smile and get a personal service that you will

not find in most places. In these times we live in, this is something quite unusual. I want the guests to feel the warmth and have something to remember,” says Annette. The restaurant gets a lot of positive customer reviews, and one of them speaks highly of their fresh bread: “Restaurant Gilleleje Harbour is my favourite restaurant in North Zealand. The food is always good and the atmosphere is relaxed and unique! Waitresses are always friendly with a smile. Also, try to grab some of their homemade rye bread which is world class.” Gilleleje Havn was originally a sailors’ home and mission hotel, but the building was redesigned in 1973 by one of Denmark’s finest architects, Mogens Lassen.

His original design is maintained including the south-facing patio. Bold and bright colours, pictures and maritime paraphernalia adorn the walls. A professional and friendly service also contributes to a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere both in the restaurant and the more informal inn. The restaurant can cater for up to 100 people, and small parties of up to 40 guests can sit in a separate function room.

For more information, please visit: www.gillelejehavn.dk

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Sweden: Small country with Big companies By Ewa Björling, Minister of Trade, Sweden

On July 6 the Swedish pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai welcomed its one-millionth visitor. The huge interest in our exhibition – with the theme innovation by Sweden – is just one example of the curiosity about Swedish ideas, solutions and culture that I have met here at home and around the world during the last years. Another example is, of course, the royal wedding this summer. When our Crown Princess Victoria married Prince Daniel in June, thousands of journalists and tens of thousands of visitors gathered in Stockholm to take part in the celebrations. Millions of people could follow the events simultaneously by television, or read about it in the newspapers. What a wonderful festivity it turned into! People often ask me how Sweden succeeded in becoming the “small country with the big companies”. Our spirit of innovation is one of the most important reasons. Sweden is ranked as the most innovative country in the EU, and one of the most innovative countries in the world. Positive publicity during large events such

as the royal wedding, the Nobel Prize awarding ceremony and the World Expo in Shanghai is also important, as well as the cooperation between the public and the private sector to make such events successful. Our traditional openness to trade, investments and influences from around the globe is, however, probably the most important reason why Sweden remains at the forefront of business, culture and creativity. Over the past 150 years, our development, from poverty to a welfare society, is the history of deregulation and free trade. This is the foundation of our success, and the core values that we fight every day to protect and expand. Our Swedish companies are known around the world for products and services characterized by quality, innovative technology and modern design, but also for being forerunners when it comes to social and environmental responsibility. In this way, they are contributing to building the Swedish national brand, while at the same time benefiting from the image of Sweden as

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a country characterized by equality, sustainability and transparency.

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On the right track James Drummond, chief executive of railway safety and communications specialists Invensys Rail, explains to Scan Magazine how the latest technology keeps rail travel safe and why he wants to bring this expertise to Denmark By Ian Welsh | Photos: (c) Robert Smith 2010

Making trains fast and safe, Invensys Rail specialises in developing sophisticated train communications and signalling systems, for both urban mass-transit networks and intercity hi-speed trains. With revenues of £700m in 2009/10, the company has 28 offices worldwide and 4,000 employees, serving over 100 customers. For mainline and high-speed national rail networks, Invensys provides systems compatible with the industry-standard European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for signalling and train protection.

manages the distance between the trains so that there is always enough space for them to stop, but allowing the trains to run as close together as possible. Among the locations where Invensys has recently installed ERTMS signalling and communications systems are Spain, Turkey and Australia. And it is this global presence that the company is looking to build upon, now working on proposals for systems to meet Denmark’s next generation railway. Seamless operation

Computers on trains operating with ERTMS communicate to each other and to a central control system rather than relying on track-side signals. The control can tell the train whether there is anything in its path and so how far and at what speed the train can safely proceed. The system

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James Drummond is Invensys Rail’s chief executive. He highlights a number of key features that are central to any ERTMS system. “ERTMS allows for interoperability across Europe, so you can run trains seamlessly

from one country to another,” he says. In other words, the same standards apply across national boundaries, opening up trans-European travel to both train operators and their customers. “And because the standard is interoperable, it provides greater choice for infrastructure operators. If you can make it work in Spain then it will work in Germany,” Drummond says. Another important feature is that ERTMS systems are largely train-based. “We put a great deal of the signalling infrastructure, which traditionally runs alongside the track, onboard the train,” he says. This significantly reduces the costs of ownership of the system, as train networks don’t require cables strung along thousands of kilometres of railway. “Ultimately the trackside infrastructure can be removed


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entirely, including the cabling, boxes and signals. With no need to maintain or upgrade these, the long-term cost savings can be as much as 20-40%, depending on the exact circumstances,” Drummond says. The fact that ERTMS technology is very new means that the processing capacity being installed on the trains is significantly greater than previous generations of technology. Drummond highlights this as a key benefit. “You can increase the available capacity on a given piece of track by up to 40% – meaning you can run 40% more trains,” he says. Asset optimisation

and getting beyond purely providing a safe system of control. It’s not just about safety, it is also about capacity as well.”

Danish railways so that we put forward a credible and competitive bid,” Drummond says.

Much of Drummond’s recent focus has been on developing proposals and tenders for some major new train infrastructure projects in Denmark.

He argues that Invensys’s experience of putting modern train communications technology successfully into a number of different environments is very important. “Also, we believe in a one-team approach, which means working in an integrated fashion with the customer. This is the key to successful delivery of such enormous and complicated projects. And it’s how we work,” Drummond says.

He says: “The Danish authorities have taken a very longsighted view of their railways. The existing infrastructure was not meeting the requirements of the Danish economy. They had a number of options – and they took the view that a new network was the answer rather than upgrading the existing one. It is unusual that a country takes such a clear strategic decision that has full cross-party political support.”

The processing power enables train operators to improve the performance of the network as they can choose to optimise driving patterns, speed of trains through the network and the wear and tear of the trains and other hardware. In other words, ERTMS technology gives better overall control of the train system.

The new Danish railway is by any reckoning an enormous project, with £2.5bn of investment just for the re-signalling of urban and long-distance networks.

Drummond says: “We can provide a real technological step-change, allowing for optimisation of the network as a whole,

“We are putting in a lot of effort to understand the requirements for these projects. We’ve been working closely with the

Mega project

A strong commitment to Denmark is very important for Invensys. The company already has an established Danish operation, from where the Danish railway projects are being developed. But Drummond stresses that it goes beyond this. “A project on this scale will stretch Danish resources in terms of engineering expertise. So we want to work with Denmark’s engineering professional bodies to ensure that there is the right skills transfer into the country,” he says.

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Danish Sales & Marketing Manager Micky Christensen & Swedish General Manager of the hotel Kristina Fredberg-Woods

Berjaya Eden Park Hotel – Scandinavian appeal interlaced with British charm By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Silje Glefjell & Berjaya Eden Park Hotel

A welcoming Victorian hotel located in the heart of London with a traditionally English pub serving a wide assortment of tasty ales – what could be more British than that? But Berjaya Eden Park Hotel has a lot more to offer than meets the eye, as it is part of the Malaysian-owned Berjaya Group as well as being currently under Scandinavian management. So it is a big dollop of British charm mixed with Scandinavian know-how and customer service finished off with an undercurrent of Malaysian cuisine – are you intrigued yet? Walking from Bayswater Underground station on a hot July afternoon, it was almost impossible to miss Berjaya Eden Park Hotel. Only a minute away from the station, it is in a perfect location, just

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second biggest segment “Our is the Scandinavian market ” walking distance from tourist favourites like Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. In the bright weather, the hotel’s facade looked inviting and fresh with a nice terraced seating area just in front, perfect for drinks outside on such a lovely day. Inside, the lobby definitely had a distinctively British feel to it, but the people awaiting me were most certainly Scandinavian: the Swedish General Manager of the hotel, Kristina Fredberg-Woods and the Danish Sales & Marketing Manager, Micky Christensen. In the hotel’s cosy pub, we had a chat about the unique aspects of the establishment’s cultural blend.

“The layout of the hotel is fundamentally British, so we do get a lot of British guests, but then again our second biggest segment is the Scandinavian market. We are doing everything we can to cater to that market and to accommodate their needs. And because we are both from that market, we know a lot about what makes that particular segment tick,” Christensen explains. Fredberg-Woods adds: “We offer Scandinavian-style service, but we also maintain the Britishness of the hotel, and this is very much appreciated by our guests.” High expectations and standards The Berjaya Group took over the property 13 years ago, and it has been under the same management, including GM Kristina


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Left top: Superior Room; Left bottom: The whole team; Right: Front of the Hotel

Fredberg-Woods, ever since. Accordingly, the hotel’s Scandinavian way of running things has been prevalent for over a decade. “I think our standards in Scandinavia are very high, so it is quite easy to come from that sort of background, especially when it comes to things like cleanliness and how you operate your business. It translates very well,” says FredbergWoods. The Scandinavian business model also reflects positively on the hotel’s workforce, as it is a lot less rigid and gives everyone the chance to chip in and air their thoughts. “People enjoy working here. I really do believe it is so, because we have had some people working here for 11 years, and that’s quite rare in London. We must have got it right somewhere,” Fredberg-Woods surmises. For the Scandinavian tourist The Berjaya Eden Park Hotel is marketed online with Scandinavians in mind, as it offers the kind of location and facilities that most tourists and business travellers

from that area really appreciate. The location is extremely safe and highly recommended for women travelling alone in London. The hotel is also very close to important landmarks as well as Oxford Street, and with two underground stations within walking distance it is perfect for exploring London or making your way to a business meeting in Earl’s Court or the City. The atmosphere is also very welcoming and appealing to the Scandinavian traveller. “Scandinavians really love traditional English pubs, and they can enjoy that here while tasting all of our ales. On top of that we also have traditional Malaysian cuisine in our restaurant, which is a bit different. In the summer, we have an outside BBQ as an added bonus for the tourists,” says Christensen. “The pub often turns into a meeting place for people from Scandinavia. We show football when Denmark or Sweden is playing, and this place is always full then. It becomes almost like

a home away from home, because people can still meet their own countrymen, while they are staying here.”

The hotel offers a selection of 114 rooms in five different sizes: single, double, twin, triple and superior double. For more information and bookings, please visit: www.berjayahotel.com/london

Address: Berjaya Eden Park Hotel 35-39 Inverness Terrace Bayswater London W2 3JS United Kingdom

Contact information: Micky Christensen Sales & Marketing Manager Tel + (4420) 7221 2220 Extension 7708 micky.christensen@berjayaeden.co.uk

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Scan Magazine | International Services | Tax

Keeping overseas companies outside the UK tax net By Helena Whitmore, McGuireWoods London LLP | Photo: Yiannis Katsaris

There are many reasons why someone who lives in the UK may have an ownership stake or influence over a non-UK company. For example, offshore companies as well as companies incorporated in countries such as Cyprus, Malta or Luxembourg are often in tax planning structures. It may also be the case that the owner lived in another country before coming to the UK, and set up the company in that country before moving. Also, it is not unusual for people to accept appointments as directors of companies which are based in other countries. Having an involvement with an overseas company can provide many potential benefits, but is also accompanied by a number of tax and other risks. In particular, HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) in the UK are currently focussing a fair amount of attention on the question of corporate residence. This is a very important question, because a company which is resident in the UK will be taxable in the UK on its worldwide profits, whereas a non-UK resident company will only be taxable in relation to its activities in the UK. A company which is incorporated in the UK is resident in the UK for tax purposes. A company which is incorporated outside the UK will also be treated as resident in the UK for tax purposes, if the company’s central management and control is located in the UK. The central management and control test therefore needs to be considered for any overseas company which has a connection to the UK. The UK has a wide network of tax treaties, which often include a residence “tiebreaker” test. This test needs to be reviewed in cases where the company may be regarded as resident in more than one country (for example in country A because

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it is incorporated there, and in the UK because it is centrally managed and controlled in the UK). The treaties usually refer to the place of “effective management”, but there are some treaties where the residence status needs to be settled by agreement between the two tax authorities involved. HMRC have recently issued new draft guidance to indicate cases where they would not normally look into the residence status of a particular overseas company. Unfortunately, this offers little or no comfort to private individual shareholders who own investment companies outside the UK. The 2009 case of Laerstate BV v HMRC is also an example of where HMRC managed to persuade the court that a Netherlands company should be treated as resident in the UK, because of the amount of influence over the company which was exerted by the shareholder (who at the time was no longer a director of the company). There is not enough space in this article to go into further detail on the concept of central management and control, other than to say that those who ignore these risks do so at their peril. It is essential to take professional advice. Those who are interested can also find further information on HMRC’s views on this topic in their International Manual at : www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/intmanual/IN TM120000.htm. It should also be noted that even if the overseas company cannot be said to be resident in the UK, other tax liabilities can still arise in the UK in relation to UK based profits, as well as payroll, social security and personal income taxes on individuals who may be working for the company in the UK.

Further information is available on HMRC’s website www.hmrc.gov.uk, or by contacting the writer. This column is intended to provide information of general interest to the public and is not intended to offer legal advice about specific situations or problems.

Contact: Helena Whitmore, McGuireWoods London LLP hwhitmore@mcguirewoods.com www.mcguirewoods.com


Scan Business | News | Chambers of Commerce

Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Please note seats are limited at this event so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

The international credit crunch of 2007, which led to the deepest economic recession since the 1930s, has not gone away. It now seems to be affecting Europe, casting doubt over the health of our financial institutions and the ability of some European governments to repay their debts. The outcome of this current crisis is doubtful. Some economists predict defaults amongst our financial institutions and Euro member states; this will, they forecast, lead to a break-up of the single European currency. Others, such as the European Central Bank, believe that confidence in the Euro area has bottomed out and that the markets will soon recover. This is the theme for the Joint Nordic Chambers of Commerce seminar at the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday 8 September. Speakers will be Brian

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mikkelsen, Danish Minister for Economic and Business Affairs, Erik Valtonen, CIO of 3 AP Fonden, Matti Vuoria, CEO of Varma Pension, and Lars Rohde, CEO of ATP. The presentations will be followed by a short debate moderated by Ulrik J Walther, SVP of Pyramis Global Advisors. These investors control approximately $300 billion in assets and should provide valuable insights into the effects this crisis will have for businesses and investments.

26 August Nordic Thursday Drinks, Embassy Club, 29 Old Burlington Street, London 2 Sept Danish Microbrew into Britain, KRO, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester 3 Sept Young Professionals Party, Mahiki, London 8 Sept Joint Nordic Event “Europe and the Sovereign Debt crisis”, London Stock Exchange

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 The summer edition of the NBCC member magazine Connections is out, and here is a sample of the articles featured: Presenting Wikborg Rein Wikborg Rein LLP is a new sponsor member of NBCC, and we met with Henrik Hagberg, Partner of Wikborg Rein and manager of the London office. Wikborg Rein is one of Norway’s leading law firms with close to 185 lawyers in Oslo, Bergen, London, Singapore, Kobe and Shanghai.

The Norwegian Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

walking also create problems? Walking London Either tourist or local, we all have one thing in common when being in London. We walk a lot… The only city that can challenge us at the top would be New York, and maybe a few others. Walking is good for us in many ways, but can all this

Norway’s domestic maritime industry Norway is seeking to promote its domestic maritime industry by making its national flagships more competitive. A revised tax system for Norwegian registered ships was introduced in 2007 in response

to concerns that the Norwegian ship register had fallen behind competing flags in Europe, such as the UK and Denmark.

UPCOMING EVENTS 26 August Nordic Thursday Drinks at Embassy Club, London

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Scan Business | News | Chambers of Commerce

Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 and has around 400 Member companies, representing not only Swedish but also British and European companies interested in strengthening their existing ties with Sweden and the UK or expanding into new markets. Its main role is to provide a forum for Members to exchange business ideas, experience and, ultimately, products and services. This is achieved by the hosting of over 60 events annually, including everything from seminars to briefings, company visits and social events on a wide range of topics to produce something for everybody. This autumn will be kick started by the Annual Crayfish Party, this year hosted at the Westminster Boating Base by the Thames. September will also include a

Members’ Luncheon with Michael Treschow, Chairman of Ericsson, a football event at Fulham FC and many other events. The JCC (the young professionals) will also be hosting a crayfish event, followed by a series of after works and company visits. There will be plenty of networking opportunities to come. The Chamber seeks to promote AngloSwedish business by being active, inclusive, service-minded and modern, and at the same time taking pride in being an established partner that has been dedicated to its Members for over a century.

UPCOMING EVENTS 3 Sept 6 Sept

Annual Crayfish Party Members’ Luncheon with Michael Treschow, Ericsson 11 Sept The JCC & McGuireWoods Crayfish Party 1 October JCC After Work at Boujis

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Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce holding a joint Nordic Event concerning ‘Europe and the Sovereign Debt Crisis’ at the LSE with some excellent speakers including Matti Vuoria, CEO and President of Finland’s biggest pension fund Varma. On 29 September, we welcome Björn Wahlroos, Chairman of the Board of Sampo plc and Vice Chairman of the Board of Nordea Bank AB to our networking event in the City.

We have had a great year so far at the FBCC with a record number of new patrons, and we are very much looking forward to a busy autumn! In August, we have arranged a company visit to Thomson Reuters, the world's most trusted news organization and leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, with over 55,000 employees in more than 100 countries. We will be visiting the buzzing newsroom, and we will also hear a presentation from the Financial Sales Division. FBCC's company visits are part of our focus to give our Junior Chamber Members tools to aid them in their career development. Non-Juniors are also welcome to join in. Here are two dates in September that you will definitely want to mark down in your calendar: On 8 September, we will be

UPCOMING EVENTS 24 August Company visit to Thomson Reuters 26 August Nordic Networking Drinks – Embassy Club London 3 Sept Joint Nordic YP party at Mahiki 8 Sept Europe and the Sovereign Debt Crisis (Joint Nordic event) Björn Wahlroos, Chairman of the Board of Sampo plc

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Scan Magazine | News

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Swedish luxury bed firm Hästens is launching a unique sleep consultation service in London for people suffering from poor sleep Text by Dyveke Nilssen | Photo: Hästens

The free consultation involves a lifestyle evaluation and sleep analysis, which identifies the correct support system required for each person. Sleep expert Brent Cooper, who has 30 years of experience in the industry, will lead the 45-minute sessions at his King’s Road showroom. He says: “Each person is affected by poor sleep at one time or another, but it is alarming how many people simply tolerate it, not acknowledging that disturbed sleep affects not only the third of their life that they’re in bed, but also the two thirds when they are awake. “Prolonged sleep deprivation, whether it is an inability to fall or stay asleep can cause back pain, premature

ageing, stress weight gain and mood swings.” The service is aimed at individuals, couples and families, all of whom, at some point, will experience the effect of prolonged sleep disturbance. “People need to take their sleep seriously – which is why I would encour-

Philip Rees joins McGuireWoods Text by Nia Kajastie | Photo: McGuireWoods

Philip Rees has become a partner in McGuireWoods’ London office. Consistently ranked by both Legal 500 and Chambers directories, Phillip Rees has worked for several global financial institutions, including major US banks, on outsourcing and regulatory matters such as payment systems, privacy and market data, as well as IPIT issues. Rees is a specialist in complex outsourcing transactions and international procurement, and sees significant future potential in his move to McGuireWoods. He moves from Hugh James, where he was a partner and head of the commercial team. Previously he has held positions as the Head of Technology Law in Europe for Citigroup, as well as being one of the founding Partners of McDermott, Will & Emery's London office. London Managing Partner Anders Grundberg says: “Phillip brings a very important additional skill set to our expanding London office.” www.mcguirewoods.com

age people to have a consultation,” says Cooper. Hästens beds are amongst the most luxurious beds in the world, and each bed is handcrafted using only natural materials. Earlier this summer the bed makers presented their latest collaboration with leading design magazine Wallpaper* and their Handmade issue. Acclaimed graphic artist Christian Zuzunaga created a bespoke bed, which combined his eye-catching pixel prints with Hästens traditional craftsmanship. The sleep consultation service is available at Hästens, 579–581 Kings Road, London, SW6 2EH, 0207 384 2020 www.hastenswestend.com

Finnish bestseller The Purge published in the UK

Text by Nia Kajastie

The Purge by Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright Sofi Oksanen was finally published in the UK on 15 July 2010 by Atlantic Books. Published in 28 countries, The Purge has already become an international sensation. The novel is set in Estonia and tells the story of two women, each from a different generation of the same family, each troubled by a shameful past and the dark unspoken history that binds them. Sofi Oksanen has won every major literary award in Finland, as well as the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She was also named Estonia’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2009. The Purge is her third novel, but her first to be translated into English. www.atlantic-books.co.uk

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Scan Magazine | Culture | Scandinavian Music

Scandinavian Music

By Karl Batterbee

The Scandinavian invasion of the UK charts continues this month. But this time it is Norway launching its talent, rather than the usual neighbouring Sweden. A trinity of Norwegian songstresses are being unleashed in the UK this month. And aside from their native land, they all share one more thing in common - sweet sounding melodies. First up is Maria Mena, with Just Hold Me. Not only is Maria successful in her home country, but also in most of mainland Europe too, where her melancholic meanderings have dominated the airwaves. Now it's the UK's turn to see what the fuss is all about, and Just Hold Me is set to break the heart of

collective Britain with its gut-wrenching and beautiful chorus. Another Norwegian who has experienced monster success everywhere but the UK is Marit Larsen. However, we hope that minor blip on her CV is about to change, as she releases If A Song Could Get Me You in Britain in late summer. The song is the perfect soundtrack for cool summer evening chill-outs. Her utterly charming voice delivers a quirky melody over a soft guitar backing track. And it's hard not to fall in love with her right there and then! On to a poppier tip now, which is Butterflies by Tone Damli. A brighter and breezier pop track will be hard to come by

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this summer. It's got the catchiest of choruses and an uplifting temperament. This was a huge hit in Norway last year. It actually came second to Alexander Rybak's Fairytale in the contest to find Norway's 2009 Eurovision representation, but still became one of the biggest songs of the year. It's got the most adorable lyrics about how a new love is making her feel. But the strings throughout are what make it the colourful creation that it is. Norwegian magic, all three of them!

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Scan Magazine | Culture | Culture Calendar

Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here! Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (4-22 August) The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre (GEST) are taking their play Expectations to Edinburgh this month. The play is about a Swedish/English couple who are preparing for the birth of their first child. For more info visit www.gest.se

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Until 30 August) The V&A invited 19 architects to come up with ideas for structures that examine refuge and retreat. Seven of these proposals were selected for construction at full-scale. Norwegian Helen & Hard made a climbing structure that is meant to symbolize childhood and play. Norwegianbased Rintala Eggertsson played with the idea of self-reflection and meditation: a reading tower construction of hundreds of shelves and about 6,000 books. Free admission. V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. www.vam.ac.uk

Map of Moscow at the Embassy Club (17 August) Swedish pop band Map of Moscow will be perfoming in London this month. The Embassy Club, 29 Old Burlington Street, London. www.embassylondon.com Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra (20 August) Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra are joined by the renowned French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. They will perform music by Arvo Pärt, Moslov, Ravel and Scriabin. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. www.bbc.co.uk/proms Finnish heavy metal at the Bloodstock Open Air festival (13-15 August) Sonata Artica, Ensiferum, Amorphis, Korpiklaani and Children of Bodom will all be performing at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derby this month. For more info visit www.bloodstock.uk.com The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival (15-16 August) On 15 August German mezzo-soprano Petra Lang and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Wagner and Nielsen under the baton of conductor Sakari Oramo. The following day the Orchestra still under Sakari Oramo will be joined by Finnish baritone Juha Uusitalo. Music by Wagner and Nielsen. Usher Hall, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 9. www.eif.co.uk

Albert Schnelzer

27 Senses at the Chisenhale Gallery (Until 21 August) A group of five artists have created an exhibition based on the life of the German artist Kurt Schwitters. In 2007, Norwegian Eline McGeorge, Swedes Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Karl Holmqvist, German Jutta Koether and American Kenneth Goldsmith went to Schwitters's hut on the remote island Hjertøya in Norway where he lived in exile in the 1930s. The result of this trip is their exhibition 27 Senses where the focus is the idea of stopping and starting. Due to the political situation in Germany, Schwitters had to rebuild his life several times. Opening hours: Wed.-Sun., 1- 6pm. Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ. www.chisenhale.org.uk

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Örebro at the BBC Proms (23 August) The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Örebro, will perform the work of Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer together with Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme at the Royal Albert Hall this month. It is the UK premiere of Schnelzer's A Freak in Burbank. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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Leif Ove Andsnes conducts the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (24 & 25 August) The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will be performing in London this month. Their concert at the 100 club on the 24 August is part of the Limelight series which presents classical performances in a rock 'n' roll setting. The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL. www.wegottickets.com On 25 August they will perform works by Mozart and Edward Grieg, and Danish Bent Sørensen's new piano concerto at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP. www.royalalberthall.com

Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra (27-29 August) Two evenings of music at the Royal Albert Hall with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä and the American Minnesota Orchestra. On 27 August they will perform music by Barber, Shostakovich and Bruckner, while the following day will be dedicated to Berg and Beethoven. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. www.bbc.co.uk/proms On 29 August they will be at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh performing music by Barber and Beethoven. Usher Hall, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 9. www.eif.co.uk

Anna Larsson at Edinburgh International festival (31 August) Swedish soprano Anna Larsson will perform works by Mahler together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 02. For more info visit www.eif.co.uk Karita Mattila at Wigmore Hall (10 September) An evening of music with Finnish soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Martin Katz. Music by, among others, Sibelius and Leevi Madetoja. Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1. www.wigmorehall.org.uk

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Scan Magazine | Issue 21 | August 2010