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Scan Magazine | Contents


Robyn Swedish pop phenomenon Robyn has done it again: not only is she celebrating 15 successful years as an artist, but she is doing so impressively by releasing a trilogy of albums: Body Talk Pt. 1, 2 and 3.






Trondheim Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Scandinavia and has more than 1,000 year’s experience of welcoming guests.


Roskilde More than 1,000 years ago the Vikings established a trading post that developed into a major town called Roskilde.


Denmark: Den Gamle By Den Gamle By is a very special sort of attraction: a highly complex museum with multiple layers of interesting discoveries to be made by its visitors.


Bespoke Flowers Originally from Kolding, Yan Skates came to the UK 18 years ago to work as an artist. He was already working with flowers when his studio closed in 1997, and he set up Bespoke Flowers a year later.

Småland A trip to Småland is a journey of discovery into unspoilt nature, to family lands and the heart of Swedish furniture and glass design.

Røros Tweed Røros Tweed is an exceptional Norwegian producer of lamb’s wool products that has decided to keep all its production in Norway. The raw material and the yarn are all 100% Norwegian quality goods.



Introduction by Barbara Chandler In her long career as a design writer, Barbara Chandler has seen Scandinavian design in the UK grow from a small niche market appealing mostly to modernist missionaries into a major movement with its own shops and websites.

Winter Holidays From the dark, wintry period of the polar night only lit by northern lights to the sun-filled days in the spring, the skiing season in Finland spans late October to early May.

Miss Li We are delighted to be able to introduce you to 28-year-old Swedish singer-songwriter Miss Li. She is among the most popular female artists in Sweden today, and she has already released four studio albums on top of a compilation album inside four years.



Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Restaurant: Executive Chef Jonas Karlsson The Executive Head Chef has been adding some Scandinavian flavours and elements to the food at the Fifth Floor since 2004.


Vernon Mauris – Sweden’s Mister Tea Selling fine tea in a coffee drinking nation ought to be a mission impossible.


We Love This | 17 Fashion Diary | 48 Hotels of the Month | 60 Restaurants of the Month Food & Wine | 68 Humor | 87 SCAN News | 88 Music & Culture | 89 Culture Calendar

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“Good Clean Fun” Paul Corren writes about the strong flow of investment into cleantech companies in 2010.


Tax returns – the cost of getting it wrong Helena Whitmore writes about the pitfalls of the personal self-assessment tax system.

Conference venues in Denmark A destination in touch with many of today’s important topics: climate change, renewable energy, sustainable living, social and welfare issues.

The Scandinavia Show 2010


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, It has been a hectic month for us here at Scan Magazine. In the run-up to The Scandinavia Show, all of us have been working very hard to get things organised in time for the main event. It’s amazing to see the finalised version of the long list of varied exhibitors as well as the exciting entertainment programme, knowing how much work and dedication has gone into planning the show. We really have something special to offer for everyone, no matter the age or cultural preference. The Scandinavia Show will definitely satisfy all your senses. Come and have a tipple of Finlandia Vodka, listen to some Danish Jazz, taste some Nordic cooking, admire Scandinavian fashion and designs, take part in the ‘Viking Experience’, plan your next trip to Scandinavia, and, most importantly, learn so much more about Scandinavian culture and history. You simply must check out our list of exhibitors and the entertainment programme, if you have yet to do so!

Other highlights from our October issue include interviews with Tea Expert Vernon Mauris as well as Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Restaurant Executive Chef Jonas Karlsson. Our culinary section is just bursting with information and flavours this month. And as always, we have the best Scandinavian travel tips and destinations to share with our readers. This month we looked at winter holidays in Finland as well as travel ideas for Trondheim, Roskilde and Småland. Do not miss out on our recommended conference centres and hotels in Denmark either. I hope you enjoy our special guide to The Scandinavia Show as well as the rest of the jam-packed October issue!

Nia Kajastie, Editor

On top of the excitement surrounding the show, we have also put together our biggest issue to date. We have so much content to offer you this month, starting off with Swedish pop-sensation Robyn as our cover girl. The song Dancing on My Own from the first instalment of her Body Talk album trilogy is simply irresistible, and can be heard everywhere you go at the moment (my gym would be a good example). We were lucky enough to catch the busy starlet for a quick chat. And as an addition to the Swedish songstress theme, we also had the opportunity to interview singer-songwriter Miss Li.

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Scan Magazine | Contributors

Regular Contributors Nia Kajastie (Editor) 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 full-time writer and grammar stickler. Emelie Krugly has worked on a number of Swedish newspapers. After travelling extensively, she has been based in London since 2006. Her particular interests are news and current affairs within Sweden and the export of Scandinavian culture to 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”. Stine Daugaard is a Danish journalist living in Copenhagen. She has a degree in journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism and City University and has been freelancing since 2007. Travel and tourism are close to her heart, and she is happiest when the next plane ticket is booked.

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. 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. 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." Dyveke Nilssen from Norway fell in love with London in 2007. She has since finished her BA in Journalism at City University, and now works as a freelance journalist and photographer.

Linnea Dunne has been writing professionally for over 10 years. Having started out on a local paper in Sweden, she is passionate about Scandinavian music and culture, and currently works in London as a full-time writer and translator. 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. 6 | Issue 23 | October 2010

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:

Christina Sanderson is an Anglo-Swede based in London. A Cambridge art history graduate, she worked for several years in the auction business. She now works as an art consultant, runs cultural tours in Sweden and writes on art for Scan Magazine. Constantly curious, no subject is too difficult or too dull to dig into for freelance journalist Jenny Olsson. Based in Stockholm, she writes for some of the major monthly trade magazines and popular press in Sweden as well as international media. Samantha Wong is a freelance journalist, who studied Icelandic Literature as part of her Literature and Myth degree which ignited her passion for Scandinavian culture. She’s also a keen surfer, snowboarder and horse rider. Danish Yane Christensen has lived in London half her life. She's a designer, illustrator and mother of twin girls. She also has an online shop and writes to exercise her brain. Thomas Winther (Executive Editor). Originally from Denmark, Thomas has a background in Economic consultancy. He is now on a personal mission to take Brand Scandinavia to new heights. Thomas lives in Blackheath with his much better half and 2 year old son.

Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Robyn

Robyn’s body keeps talking By Emelie Krugly | Photos: Courtesy of Toast Press

Swedish pop phenomenon Robyn has done it again: not only is she celebrating 15 successful years as an artist, but she is doing so impressively by releasing a trilogy of albums: Body Talk Pt. 1, 2 and 3. The first album’s lead single “Dancing on My Own” is already a hit single worldwide, reaching the UK Top 10.

Robyn became known in the mid-nineties for her international dance-pop hits “Show Me Love” and “Do You Know (What It Takes)” from her debut album ‘Robyn Is Here’, which went platinum in the US in 1998. I remember the girls at my high school jealously predicting that this young blond girl with her breakthrough single “Do you really want me” would be a one hit wonder and soon forgotten. But how wrong they were, as there was definitely something special about this girl with her honest and sometimes brutally personal lyrics combined with an experimental style. She quickly created a stir worldwide and has been continuously successful ever since.

I managed to catch the busy 31-year-old Robin Miriam Carlsson for a chat over the phone, while she was touring in Trondheim, Norway. “I love performing in Scandinavia, in particular Sweden, of course. But recently Denmark and Norway have embraced me as if I was their own, it’s kind of sweet,” she says.

“It was an incredible experience,” says Robyn, who admits that it came as a complete surprise. “Although I was very pleased when I finished recording ‘With Every Heartbeat’, I was aware that it was a complex track that perhaps was not for everyone. That goes to show that the Brits have a very special character; they love and embrace dance music and have a very strong clubbing culture, so it obviously meant a lot to have a hit there.” “This was also the year I set up my own record label, Konichiwa Records, in London, so the UK means a lot to me in many ways,” she adds. Konichiwa Records was created with the aim of firmly liberating Robyn artistically. “It was an exciting period of my life and has given me the freedom to work in a different way without constraints.”

Body Talk Body Talk Pt. 1 was released in June 2010 and consists of nine tracks. It is her first album since Robyn (2005).

Konichiwa Records In 2007, Robyn’s hit single “With Every Heartbeat” achieved mainstream success, racing straight to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart.

I felt very safe growing up surrounded by a lot of adults. It built my confidence to believe in myself and that is something I thank my parents for today, although there was no pressure from their side that I had to perform or follow in their footsteps.”

Road to fame In the last fifteen years a lot has happened for this extraordinary Swede; not only has she set up her own record label, but she also performed as the supporting act for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2008. In January 2009 she won a Swedish Grammy Award for Best Live Act 2008. Robyn also sang backing vocals on Britney Spears’s 2007 single “Piece of Me“. On her latest album, Body Talk Pt. 2, she duets with American rapper Snoop Dogg. But Robyn is as humble as ever when she talks about her accolades; laidback is not word enough to describe her. She grew up travelling with her touring and acting parents around Sweden. She never performed herself but believes that watching it all happen from backstage did have an impact and made her who she is today. “I remember listening to David Bowie on the tour bus; it had a huge impact on me.

“It made sense to record three albums instead of one, and it was a personal wish for me to be able to spend a greater amount of time in the studio,” Robyn says. “People are consuming music in a different way these days. If you look back twenty years ago, an album only consisted of nine tracks, so you could say that I have both looked back and then taken a step forward, meaning that I’ve been brave enough to introduce a different concept. But it has also been a logical decision that suited my situation of wanting to work in a new way which turned out to be very inspiring. “It’s always exciting to release a new album, but I’m not as stressed about it these days, the nerves have rubbed off with experience,” she concludes. Body Talk Pt. 2 was released on 6 September 2010 in the UK. Body Talk Pt. 3 is expected to be released in December 2010. Robyn is also performing at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Friday the 22nd of October.

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Scan Magazine | Feature | Miss Li

Dance the whole way home with Miss Li By Nia Kajstie | Photo: Courtesy of National (

“Got a feeling that I don’t belong, got a feeling that I shouldn’t be here...,” sings a throaty, yet charming female voice on the 2009 iPod Nano television advert. If you have yet to connect a face to this extremely catchy song (“Bourgeois Shangri-La” from her album ‘Dancing the Whole Way Home’) and the endearing voice behind it, then we are delighted to be able to introduce you to 28-year-old Swedish singer-songwriter Miss Li. She is among the most popular female artists in Sweden today, and she has already released four studio albums on top of a compilation album inside four years. So how did Linda Carlsson become Miss Li? “Well, I guess it all started about four years ago when I decided to buy a piano and start writing songs. I didn’t know how

to play, but I did it anyway. I had just moved from a small town called Borlänge to Stockholm, and I got so inspired by the music scene and all the new people I met. I just couldn’t keep myself from writing. Already after two weeks I had enough songs to do the first gig. I put “Oh Boy” on MySpace and people started writing to me, saying they liked my sound. In the beginning I didn’t believe in myself or my music but when people mailed me I got enough self-confidence to record a fulllength album,” she explains.

is a true chameleon, who as a teenager tried singing in all different styles from opera to rock. And she is probably going to continue to change and evolve as an artist.

The song “Oh Boy” might also sound familiar to you, as it was featured in another TV ad from 2010 for Volvo C70. Accordingly, most people in the UK have probably heard Miss Li sing, but might not yet have realised what an amazing artist lies behind all these infectious tunes. She

While there is nothing planned as of yet, we really hope to see Miss Li on tour in the UK in 2011.

So what is next for Miss Li? “The next album will probably sound a little bit different from the earlier albums. I feel that I want to move further with the sound and the Miss Li-style. Maybe there will be some collaboration with other artists as well. I’m excited to see what happens next year,” she says.

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Scan Magazine | Design | Barbara Chandler

An on-going affair In a long career as a design writer, I have seen Scandinavian design in the UK grow from a small niche market appealing mostly to modernist missionaries into a major movement with its own shops and websites. And now an exhibition run by a young Danish dynamo, and good friend, Thomas Winther – who confidently and credibly promulgates “brand Scandinavia”. In fact, Scandi furniture imports had started seriously in the 50s, and in the 60s became a benchmark in Britain for good design. Solid teak furniture, with its oiled finish and clean lines, was soon imitated by top-end British firms, reacting against the high-shine dark woods typical at that time. But the real thing – Danish furniture in particular – was always coveted by purists: chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen, for example, and the Egg and Ant chairs by Arne Jacobsen. Also admired were light fittings from Louis Poulsen. A little later Britain enthusiastically embraced the blonde woods also perfected by Scandinavian makers. But it was later that my personal love affair with Scandinavia blossomed along-

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By Barbara Chandler | Photo: Fritz Hansen

side a romance of my own. I met an antique dealer and we were married in 1992 – my second husband. In the early part of his career, he worked in Finland as an architect, and immediately he took me to see his best-loved country and best friends. I was completely captivated.

you know this design is 30 years old? In my study I have cushions made from Stig Lindberg’s Lustgården (Garden of Eden) fabric at Design House Stockholm. They never fail to lift my spirits. And a fabulous Kahler Storia teapot in an original 1930s design from 95% Danish.

IKEA of course had hit the UK in 1987 (Warrington first, and then London), and Brits at once took to its low-prices and unpretentious good design. But Britain was not really aware of the breadth of Scandinavian design until Skandium opened in 1999. Here was total immersion and a wraparound modernism that was cool long before that word became ubiquitous.

I am truly inspired by the way in which Scandinavians integrate design so completely into their everyday lives. They seem hardwired to love their homes, and the Danes even have “hygge” – their own unique word for a kind of domestic cosiness. Their classics date back as far as the 30s. But looking ahead, I notice a new vitality fuelled by modern style and technology. And I love that too.

So what do I have at home from Scandinavia? Well, for us it’s Aalto all the way with vintage stools, several Savoy vases, drinking glasses by Aino (Mrs Aalto), an easy chair with black webbing, and a round table and dining chairs. We have Aalto’s beautiful grid pattern fabric on our sofa. We have a rug by Woodnotes, and table cloth and napkins from Marimekko in the original splashy floral by Maija Isola. And lots of IKEA Billy bookshelves – did

Barbara Chandler is a photographer, and the design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard. She is design correspondent for Homes & Gardens magazine.

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Scan Magazine | Design | We Love This

We love this...

By Julie Guldbrandsen

Current trends in Scandinavian design along with the classics will be showcased this month at the Scandinavia Show. Here is a lovely little preview of what’s in store.

Mari bowl A timeless decorative and functional glass piece by Iittala. Comes in an array of beautiful colours and two sizes. Prices start at £16 at Skandium.

Hippie Tipi Brilliant fun for the children, use inside or outside. Comes in three different colour combinations. £140 at the Nordic Elements stand.

Panton Junior A cheerful design classic in child-size by Werner Panton for Vitra. Available in seven different colours. £116 at Skandium.

Tine K Handcrafted lantern in glass and metal. Will look fantastic in the garden as well as in the hallway. £60 at the Wild Swans Lifestyle stand.

Wally A very decorative wall storage solution from By Nord. Available in white and grey. £148 at the Nordic Elements stand.

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Ferm Living Stem bowl in wood and ceramic from Ferm Living. £34-£39 at the 95% stand. 20% discount on all products at the 95% stand.

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Scan Magazine | Design | Fashion Diary

Fashion Diary... Fall Fashion in Olympia Snatch up a fashion bargain at The Scandinavia Show and get loads of inspiration on how to update your wardrobe for the fall. Here is a selection of designer essentials to shop at the show. By Julie Guldbrandsen

Rings from Pandora. Pick, choose and stack as you please to create your own personal look. From £30 at the Pandora stand.

An ultra-luxe basic in 100% organic cotton from Aymara. Comes in grey, white and black. Normal price £45 /Scandinavia Show price £35 at the Wild Swans Lifestyle stand.

Cool watches from Pandora. A great watch is such an easy way to add style to an outfit. Prices start at £275 at the Pandora stand.

Bang on trend Rutzou dress in indigo blue - a must have for the season. 50% off ONLY in October 2010. £208 - special offer price £100 at the Wild Swans Lifestyle stand.

A beautiful scarf is an absolute essential for the fall. This one is from RabensSaloner and comes in 4 colors. Normal price £60 / Scandinavia Showprice £45 at the Wild Swans Lifestyle stand.

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Scan Magazine | Design | Røros Tweed

Røros Tweed – 100% Norwegian By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Røros Tweed

Røros Tweed is an exceptional Norwegian producer of lamb’s wool products that has decided to keep all its production in Norway. The raw material and the yarn are all 100% Norwegian quality goods. The main focus of Røros Tweed is on quality, design and product development, as well as putting all its effort into creating the perfect blankets and throws, something other companies might see as a sideline product. However, Røros Tweed knows that its products have a very important place in people’s homes. Røros Tweed has been weaving Norwegian lamb’s wool products since 1939, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. It has bravely and commendably stayed true to its origins, keeping the production in Norway rather than moving outwards to countries with a low-cost work force. It has been able to do so due to the quality of its products and its large

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investments in the newest technology and machinery.

design group Norway Says and are mainly focused on furniture and lighting design, but have moved into textile design as well.

Best designs “We plan our collections very thoroughly,” says Marketing Manager Erling Digernes. “We cooperate with the best designers, who are forward thinking and innovative. Due to the level of costs in Norway, we are unable to compete in price, so we have to have the best quality and a better and wider range than other companies. We have a very modern, good collection. But we don’t just look into the pattern of the design; we develop all levels of production, including fibre content, yarn structure, binding in weaving and so forth.” One of the design teams working for Røros Tweed is Anderssen & Voll, an Oslobased studio of partners Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll. They were previously the founders and running partners of the

“Our ‘Made in Norway’ brand identity is very strong and brings us logistical advantages as well as control over quality. It adds extra value to our product, and we follow that up with great production techniques and design,” concludes Digernes.

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Scan Magazine | Design | Bespoke Flowers

Flower power for Danish florist who took gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

By Samantha Wong | Photo: Yan Skates

Yan Skates, director of Bespoke Flowers, produced a stunning four metre high representation of a cake stand on behalf of Fleming Hotel, winning the gold medal for the Chelsea Flower Show’s newest theme, ‘An Afternoon Tea Floral Extravaganza’. Florists from some of London’s top hotels were invited to create dazzling pieces to represent their hotel’s afternoon tea. Fleming’s Hotel wanted to raise money for Breakthrough for Breast Cancer, and Yan chose a pink theme. Yan impressed the judges by producing pink floral domes from lilies, peonies and sweet peas, to represent Mayfair-based Fleming Hotel’s famous cupcakes. Yan, located in Surrey and London, has also been involved with other prestigious events, including arranging flowers for the Norwegian royal yacht during King Harald of Norway’s visit to Britain in 2005.

Yan also provided flowers for the 400th anniversary of the Middle Temple, which was attended by Queen Margrete II of Denmark and her sister Anne Marie, the former Queen of the Hellenes.

Bespoke Flowers has been actively involved with the Scandinavian community in London by supplying flowers to different launches and events. “What I love about my job is the pleasure of giving the client an exceptional

service, which is unique to every occasion,” explains Yan. “I work with the seasons and I even use my own home-grown flowers where possible to create a natural look.” Originally from Kolding, Yan came to the UK 18 years ago to work as an artist. He was already working with flowers when his studio closed in 1997, and he set up Bespoke Flowers a year later. The name takes inspiration from the director’s grandfather who worked as a tailor. Bespoke Flowers represents Yan’s approach to handling each commission with his own style and interpretation with the aim of turning ideas into reality. He has worked in all the major London venues and can advise accordingly from a position of experience. For more information, please visit:

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From the dark, wintry period of the polar night only lit by northern lights to the sun-filled days in the spring, the skiing season in Finland spans late October to early May. Regardless of what part of the country you find yourself in, a ski resort is never more than an hour or two away.

Crazy about mountain sports and outdoor life, Finns have never been restrained by the lack of high mountains in their country. Instead, a ski resort has been built on many a smaller hill close to cities, towns and villages.

skiing professionals. Due to the sheer volume of ski resorts and the building of a snow park in almost each one of them, the country provides ideal training grounds for practising tricks while having fun in the snow with your friends.

The main ski area is Lapland, the northernmost part of the country and home of the most popular resorts Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä and Ruka. “The Big Four” boast heights from roughly 500 to more than 700 metres, and offer a wide range of possibilities for experienced ski and snowboard enthusiasts to families and beginners alike. Levi even hosts a FIS World Cup slalom competition every November.

The atmosphere in Finnish ski resorts is pleasant and far more relaxed compared to the crowded hotspots of Central Europe – no worries about getting into a free-for-all in the lift queue, no kamikazestyle overtakes on the slopes, no verbal abuse for not being a local. Just good clean fun, action-packed days in stunning natural surroundings and lungs filled with fresh northern air.

While every resort in Finland is familyfriendly with easy slopes and professional ski school staff, the fells present sweet spots and challenges to off-piste powderhounds, too – you just need to know where to look! Of course a local guide helps, as is the case everywhere else.

Upon returning to your log cabin from a day on the fell, heat up the sauna, enjoy a shift of temperature of almost 100 degrees, and top it all off with a cold beverage. Nothing beats the feeling.

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Inari Surprises If you didn’t know better, the four seasons in Finnish Lapland could be mistaken for four distinct places. The dramatic change in weather, light and temperature brings variation for visitors to this unique region 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, but also challenges the local people to adapt and survive the tough conditions. Lake Inari and the eponymous village which sits on its shores have for centuries been home to a significant group of Sami people. Their presence here is vital to the local economy and provides visitors to the region with a real glimpse of life in Finnish Lapland. They know the seasonal patterns well, as many continue to herd reindeer and to fish in the waters of Lake Inari, which spans over 1,000 square kilometres and is dotted with hundreds of rocky islands. During summer the Midnight Sun provides round the clock daylight – the per-

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fect time for herders to round up their reindeer and earmark their calves. This process allows the herders to easily identify their reindeer, as they wander freely over the fells. As well as learning about reindeer herding, visitors can have a go at lasso throwing the Lappish way. Underfoot the berries begin to ripen which form a plethora of colour and feature heavily on menus throughout Lapland. By autumn the golden colours begin to set in, creating a wonderful effect that is known locally as ‘ruska’. Temperatures cool and the reindeer rutting season begins. As well as being separated for slaughter, the reindeers munch on the blanket of mushrooms that appears throughout the fells. The first snows come in October and soon the Arctic landscape turns a pure shade of white. The elusive Aurora Borealis makes regular appearances above Inari and according to legend, marks the dramatic deaths of ancestors.

Twilight descends as the days get shorter and opportunities to ski the many trails and ski runs increase. The village of Inari is seeing a boost in visitor numbers as local tourism businesses aim to provide a true insight into Finnish Lapland as well as to offer access to winter and summer activities. Hotel Inarin Kultahovi is one such place. The brother and sister team at the hotel is developing the family business in new directions, as they aim to celebrate and promote their own Sami roots. “We want our guests to get a real understanding of the Sami culture by staying with us,” says Kaisu Nikula, the co-owner of the hotel. It’s easy to see the pride they’re taking in local culture and food through their restaurant menu. Explaining in detail the provenance of all the ingredients, including Lake Inari fish, berries, mushrooms, reindeer meat and Lappish potato, the dishes mix traditional flavours with a modern Northern influ-

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ence. The restaurant attracts locals and visitors alike, and features live footage from below the surface of the adjacent river via the restaurant’s ‘river-cam’. Nearby Anne Harju of Inari Event runs activities throughout the year, including visiting traditional reindeer farms, fishing and snowshoeing. She’ll also point her guests in the direction of local Sami craftspeople, where they can learn about and buy crafts made from a great mix of materials, from wool and felt through to ceramics, gold and reindeer leather. For a modern twist on Finnish and Scandinavian design, a visit to the Design House Idoli is a must. Here the exhibition is also a shopfront where the hosts Hanneli and Pekka Sillfors take pride in introducing their guests to selected ‘design idols’ and their remarkable pieces. A visit to Inari is as much about the people as it is about the place. The landmark Siida museum in the village is one of the most comprehensive sources of information about Finnish Sami people and Arctic nature. Together these two fascinating

topics tell the story of local traditions and wild landscapes through exhibitions and the outdoor museum. Learning how people have lived in untamed landscapes brings a real insight into human nature and the capacity to adapt and survive.

Saariselka Tourist Board Hotel Inarin Kultahovi Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village Siida Museum

The Hotel and Igloo Village at Kakslauttanen is a perfect stop for a winter retreat just an hour away from Inari. Here the log cabins are of a high standard, particularly the Queen Suites which feature voluptuous velvety beds, outside hot tubs and roll top baths. Of course saunas are included as standard, and if you fancy a group experience, one of the larger traditional smoke saunas are also for hire. The cold icy waters of the lake come for free for those brave enough to attempt the dip. At night, guests can lie back and view the night sky in the glass igloos which provide paramount Aurora viewing on clear nights.

Design House Idoli Event Inari - They organise the activities in and around Inari and Lake Inari. Nearest airport is Ivalo. There are regular flights from Helsinki to Ivalo with Finnair. The following tour operators run regular holiday itineraries to this region:

Whatever draws you to the Arctic, Inari feels like a secret waiting to be revealed. Those who venture this far north are rewarded with varied landscapes, and above all a warm welcome.

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Explore Lapland the authentic way with Westribe By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Company Westribe

The uninhabited wilderness of western Finnish Lapland and northern Sweden is just waiting to be discovered by the adventurous traveller. If you want to make your authentic Lappish holiday dream come true, the Westribe travel experts can offer you a tailor-made package that will incorporate a multitude of outdoor activities and novel experiences in the atmospheric landscape and nature of the distinctive region. Westribe operates in an area called Aavasaksa, where the Arctic Circle meets the freely flowing Tornio River. According to General Manager Antti-Pekka Palokangas, the region had been completely ignored by the tourism trade until they put their first travel concept into action. They started off with organising two separate New Year parties by the Arctic Circle, and they have continued to broaden their busi-

ness ever since. However, the company itself has stayed relatively small, and it uses the services of other small local subcontractors. “Small is beautiful,” reiterates Palokangas. “It’s one of our strengths, as it guarantees that our guests receive personalised service.” Get active in unspoilt nature Westribe offers accommodation services on both sides of the border, and the newest addition is Svanstein Lodge on the Swedish side. In Finland, you can choose from a selection of hotels and holiday villages that can accommodate anywhere from 10-200 people. Available activities include husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris, as well as skiing, snowshoeing and visits to authentic Sami villages. “Svanstein Ski is a unique ski centre in the middle of the wilderness and as close to

nature as you can get,” explains Palokangas. “The safaris and other activities can start straight from your hotel’s front step, as there is nothing in between you and the surrounding landscape.” Whatever your dream holiday in Lapland consists of, Westribe can put together the perfect package just for you. They can arrange to pick you up straight from one of the closest airports, for example, in Rovaniemi, Kemi or Luleå, and then guide you through your Lappish experience with a personalised and flexible holiday plan.

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True adventures in Northern Lapland! Text & Photos by

The winter paradise of Saariselkä is situated in Finnish Lapland, about 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. The resort is surrounded by a National Park, which offers excellent opportunities for exploring the wonderful natural environment of the Arctic. Saariselkä is the northernmost holiday resort in Europe and comprises a fell village with a wide range of restaurants, organized activities, good shopping, as well as high-standard accommodation like Saariselkä Tunturi Hotel, which has welcomed visitors looking for the true beauty of Finnish Lapland for nearly 40 years. Situated close to the beautifully unspoiled Lappish nature as well as the area’s premier services and facilities, the hotel offers 77 brand new superior rooms and seven suites, each with a private sauna, bath, balcony and Internet connection. In addition, there are 96 standard twin rooms

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and 80 apartments for two to 13 people. Ski Saariselkä, the downhill ski centre is located on the fells of Kaunispää and Iisakkipää. Its 15 slopes cater for both beginners and advanced skiers. In addition, all skiers and boarders will find a challenge on the 1,200 m street, with many different level boxes, rails etc. Saariselkä also provides exceptionally good opportunities for cross-country skiing. There is a total of 200 km of cross-country ski trails, of which 34 km are illuminated. Winter outdoor activities available in the area range from husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris to ice-fishing and winter driving activities, such as co-piloting a rally car and riding a go-kart on snow-covered tracks. Snowshoeing in the National Park along marked trails and sledding down the fell right from the top are worth trying out as well! A spa and saunas in Holiday Club Saariselkä await you at the end of your

long day spent outdoors. The spa also offers pampering and refreshing treatments. Visitors to northern Lapland will experience what the real Far North is like and feel the exotic ambiance throughout the region. Close to Saariselkä holiday resort, there are several interesting villages to visit that offer an insight into Lappish heritage and culture, including Inari – the centre of Sami culture in Finland; Nellim – a place where three cultures meet; Sevettijärvi – a Skolt Sami village; and Lemmenjoki –an inspiring setting for Lappish craft makers. Further information: elka-en.html

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A journey of discovery to Småland

Text and Photo by Visit Småland

A trip to Småland is a journey of discovery into unspoilt nature, to family lands and the heart of Swedish furniture and glass design. The province is well-known for its varied, fresh and inviting natural landscapes, with majestic forests and idyllic scenery, fishrich watercourses and large lake systems. Here, the extensive, well-signed footpaths lead all the way to the tranquillity of the mushroom forests, and lovely bicycle ways lead to new horizons. The adventure could, of course, also be on horseback, or you could experience the ultimate nature feeling by canoe as well. This is what is known as the outdoors: fresh air in the lungs, whether it is an unexpected meeting with an elk in a glade or a nature experience on a golf course. With some 50 courses to choose from, Småland is now Sweden’s hottest golf region! In family-friendly Småland, visitors can meet Pippi Longstocking and Sitting Bull. Yes, High Chaparral is a real Småland Wild West. So why not travel to Småland

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with an open mind and let gold-panning or exciting mine galleries enliven your imagination. Continue your Småland journey into the world of aesthetics. Glass and furniture are strongly rooted in the heart of Småland. The Kingdom of Crystal is at the cutting edge of Swedish glass design, and all year round you can watch skilled glassblowers tame the melted glass. You can find a bargain in the glass shops and enjoy the unique glass at glass exhibitions. The Kingdom of Furniture is another source of inspiration for modern design, with many exhibitions. The carpentry and wood industry traditions are centuries old. Småland is the centre of Swedish furniture design, and this is where IKEA was founded. Genuine handicrafts and the love of design are celebrated here by classic furniture makers.

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Clarion Collection Hotel Cardinal – A generous place that feels like home

laborating with smaller entrepreneurs. The hotel offers a complimentary organic breakfast and a light evening buffet as well as afternoon coffee and cake for its guests. Free wireless internet access is provided in all its rooms, and there is a fully equipped gym on site. “As a franchise of Choice Hotels we take great pride in our concept ‘We Care’, which means that we are committed to the health and well-being of both our guests and staff,” says Himsel. That Hotel Cardinal really does care shows in both the food they serve and the service they provide. The hotel is environmentally conscious and ISO 14001 certified.

Situated in the heart of Växjö city in the beautiful county Småland in the south of Sweden, Hotel Cardinal offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere for both leisure and business travellers. “Our hotel is tailor-made for frequent travellers and a perfect starting point for guests who have come to Småland to visit the kingdoms of Crystal and Furniture (Glasriket and Möbelriket), or just to enjoy the wonderful surroundings with its lakes and forests,” says Hotel Manager Milena Himsel. . The hotel, which has 111 rooms and can accommodate up to 50 conference guests, is surrounded by pedestrian walks, shops and restaurants. The train station and airport shuttles are only 200m away. Växjö is a university city that was voted ‘City Centre of the Year 2010’, and it offers

many attractions such as the Växjö Cathedral and the famous Swedish Glass Museum. Its business life is rich and diverse, with major international companies col-

Hotel Nissastigen Feeling, commitment and joy: those are the lead words at Hotel Nissastigen, where old friends Anna and Josefin are living the dream as young, ambitious hotel owners. When former colleagues Anna Dimitrievska and Josefin Pettersson heard that Hotel Nissastigen in Gislaved was up for sale, an idea planted itself in their heads. Then a pensioner friend and accountant gave it thumbs up, and it was all systems go. A year later, two big smiles greet you on the website and a chirpy voice answers the phone, and the lead words ‘feeling, commitment and joy’ certainly seem to permeate Hotel Nissastigen through and through. “It’s in everything we do, from writing the business plan to choosing curtains,” explains Josefin, who can’t deny that she is living a dream. “It’s absolutely

By Sara Schedin | Photos: Hotel Cardinal

amazing to get to meet so many different people and make them happy. And no two days are ever the same.”

“Feeling, commitment and joy are in everything we do, from writing the business plan to choosing curtains.”

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By Linnea Dunne | Photo: Hotel Nissastigen

Swedish entrepreneur, former politician and record label owner Bert Karlsson as well as cake for the team, but after a day of celebration it was straight back to business. Local sports clubs, foreign business visitors and skiing tourists take turns filling the hotel, and a Christmas fair will take place later this year as the endless queues at last year’s trial event proved that the demand is there. “We try to make something special of everything we do,” says the young businesswoman, who also runs Sigges Loge, a local night club. Expect service-mindedness way beyond the usual, a business deeply rooted in the local community, and locally-sourced breakfasts very soon.

On September 1st, the one-year anniversary was celebrated with a talk by the

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Left: Hotel Mullsjö; Right: Top: Hotel Gyllene Uttern, Middle: Hotel Ullinge

Gyllene Uttern Hotel Group: Cray fishing and adventures in the wild By: Emelie Krugly | Photos: Gyllene Uttern Hotel Group

Thinking about a stay in southern Sweden? Then the Gyllene Uttern Hotel Group might be the answer for you. With three charming and personal hotels your search can end here. Skiing in Mullsjö, candy cane making in Gränna or cray fishing in Ullinge? The Gyllene Uttern Hotel Group brings together some of southern Sweden’s best venues and activities. Each location has a unique character, but they all share strategic positioning within the heart of southern Sweden, with picturesque surroundings, good conference facilities and activities for all types of visitors. Excellent food and drink along with great personal care provide the basis for successful meetings and gatherings for all guests. “All our hotels have their own charm and

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are renowned for high standards. The flagship Gyllene Uttern has, for example, an astonishing view over the lake Vättern, including the restaurant, the Hall of Knights, also with a spectacular panoramic view. The area is well-known for its candy cane production, and there is the opportunity to make some of your own as well,” says Sales Manager Emelie Henrysson.

nature trails, and canoeing and horse riding are also available activities during your stay.”

Hotel Ullinge, which is a smaller hotel, is located by the lake of Södra Wixen. It has a cosy home away from home feel, and is an escape from hectic city life. And during late summer and autumn there is the opportunity to go crayfish fishing.

“Wherever you decide to go, we will do the very best to give you a unique and pleasant experience,” says Henrysson.

“To fish for crabs on a late August evening is an exotic experience for many,” says Henrysson. “You are located close to many

Hotel Mullsjö offers you a range of allyear-round outdoor activities. Ski slopes and ski trails are located a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Mullsjö is an area of southern Sweden that can guarantee a snowy experience.

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Hotel Savoy – colourful, modern and well-designed By: Emelie Krugly| Photos: Hotel Savoy

and a late breakfast until noon. High standards and a personal service give you a very comfortable residence for the duration of your stay,” says Jenny Lagström, Marketing Manager for Profilhotels.

Hotel Savoy, located in the heart of Jönköping is one of the most modern and well-designed hotels in the city. Natural light, bright colours and the highest quality materials and furnishings are key elements with which this unique hotel gives a harmonious impression. All the rooms are newly renovated, spacious, tastefully and individually decorated in both modern and classic styles; two of the suites even have their own sauna.

As a guest, you can access free wireless internet, visit a Scottish pub called Pipes of Scotland and the modern yet cosy brasserie Sofiehof. The restaurant offers Swedish and international classics, focusing on seafood. At Christmas you can enjoy an extraordinary traditional buffet featuring exclusive ingredients.

ProfilHotels is a chain that runs hotels throughout Sweden and Denmark at a number of different sites, including Uppsala, Umeå, Jönköping, Kalmar, Stockholm and Copenhagen. “Our creative approach to form and function creates a dynamic atmosphere with a fine attention to detail, giving you a little

Hotel Savoy also includes three modern, fully-equipped meeting rooms, with seating for up to 80 people.

extra for your money. For example, every Sunday we offer a late checkout at 6pm

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Handmade design in the Kingdom of Crystal in Småland

By Emelie Krugly | Photo: Glasriket

The Kingdom of Crystal in south-eastern Sweden, known as Glasriket, is where handblown glass has been made since 1742. This small area spanning Kronoberg and Kalmar in the county of Småland includes the municipalities of Emmaboda, Lessebo, Nybro and Uppvidinge. Småland is unique and full of natural treasures such as its forests and lakes as well as its famous glassworks, Orrefors and Kosta, which became successful through their use of top class designers during the 1900s, gaining international acclaim. At one point a hundred glassworks operated in the Kingdom of Crystal; today production is conducted at 13 glassworks. “We have one million visitors per year, 30

percent of them from abroad,” says Carolina Thaysen, Managing Director of Glasriket. “The Kingdom of Crystal is very much a part of the Swedish soul, pride and history and one of the most popular destinations in the country to visit.” As a visitor you can discover both everyday glass and art glass of a world-class quality; you are also welcome to step up to the furnaces to see the process. Glassblowing courses are available, and beyond the heat of the blowing rooms, you will find a rich cultural history as well as an abundance of nature activities such as fishing, hiking, cycling, and there is also the Småland emigrant district. Or why not

experience a stay at the spectacular Kosta Boda Art Hotel, an explosion of colour, shapes, flavours and pleasure? In mid-November the annual Christmas market starts with a magical display of illuminated glass lamps. For more information, please visit:

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From left clockwise: Trondheim, Nidaros Cathedral, Nedre Elvehavn, Autumn in Trondheim, NTNU Gløshaugen and St Olav Festival.

Trondheim – A city where the past and the present meet Text and Photos by Visit Trondheim

Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Scandinavia and has more than 1,000 year’s experience of welcoming guests. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. When you visit Trondheim, you will notice the river winding slowly around the city's downtown area, the old wharves along the mouth of the river, the wide streets, the old town bridge, and the small and colourful wooden houses.

residence from the middle of the 12th century until the Reformation at the beginning of the 16th century. Today the palace houses an archaeological museum and the Royal Crown Regalia Exhibition. The Royal Residence Stiftsgården was built in the 18th century and is one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia. The palace is open to the public in the summer season.

In Trondheim, you will find one of Norway’s most visited sights, the Nidaros cathedral which was built over the tomb of St. Olav. The cathedral is the Norwegian national sanctuary, and the place where Norway's kings from the Viking age to our present king have been crowned or blessed.

Trondheim has many different sights. One of the newest attractions is Rockheim, the national live pop and rock centre. Here you can pass through the decades from the 1950s to the present and build up your own musical experience.

The Archbishop’s Palace is situated in the same area. It was the Archbishop’s main

Trondheim is known for its rich cultural activities, including a large number of fes-

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tivals. On average there are two festivals a month all year round. Trondheim is also a modern city, a regional capital, and an important educational and research centre. Trondheim's internationally renowned university and the city's many research communities ensure that it is a city of innovation. Trondheim is home to around 170,000 inhabitants. But if we count the large number of students (every sixth inhabitant is a student) the population swells to 190,000. The students add a youthful exuberance to this thousand-year old city. Welcome to Trondheim, a big village – or a small city. For more information, please visit:

Left & right bottom: Trondheim Maritime Museum; Right top: Sverresborg, one of Norway’s largest open-air museums

Sverresborg –Trondheim museums make learning fun By: Dyveke Nilssen | Photos: Sverresborg

Trondheim offers several captivating museums to explore. Situated around the ruins of King Sverre’s medieval castle is Sverresborg, one of Norway’s largest open-air museums. Here you can learn using all of your senses, and a multitude of activities to choose from makes this a perfect destination for families.

“History is brought back to life as children can play with toys from the past, buy traditional sweets from the old-fashioned grocer’s and taste traditional recipes. You can look inside the houses, watch performances, and during December we offer a Christmas programme,” says Hegseth Garberg.

“The open-air museum depicts the everyday life of people from the city, countryside and mountain villages in Trøndelag, primarily during the 17th and 18th centuries,” explains curator Ann Siri Hegseth Garberg.

The collection has rapidly expanded and now covers a large ethnological range comprising 100,000 artefacts and historical photos, and several indoor exhibitions including a ski museum. Guided tours are available in four different languages and include a visit to the stave church built in 1170.

The idea came in 1909 when a group of Trondheim residents wanted to collect characteristic examples of the way houses were built in earlier times. Since 1914, more than 60 antiquarian buildings from across the region have been relocated to the idyllic countryside surroundings around Sverresborg.

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The ground floor is dedicated to artefacts and images from the age of steamships. The first floor opened last year and focuses on the era of sailboats. “It includes many interesting activities to educate children about history. From the ship Tordenskjold, they can take part in a treasure hunt, navigating and steering their way through different tasks. At the end they receive a diploma that declares them able seamen.” The Norwegian Museum of Deaf History opened in 1992 and has a universally designed exhibition, based on Norwegian sign language. The exhibition and learning programme aim at challenging prejudices towards minority groups.

“All of our museums offer engaging ways of learning,” says the curator. Trondheim Maritime Museum is a small museum with an interesting collection.

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To Rom og Kjøkken – Capturing the taste of Trondheim By Dyveke Nilssen | Photos: To Rom og Kjøkken

What do you get when you put three men, with a deep passion for food, together in one of Norway’s finest food regions? The answer is To Rom og Kjøkken, a remarkable restaurant in the city centre of Trondheim. Since it was opened five years ago, it has become one of Trondheim’s most popular eating destinations. By only using prime ingredients from the district, the result is a dining experience out of the ordinary, where less is more. “Our priority is to use the best locally produced ingredients available from Trøndelag. The area offers a huge variety of fish, seafood, meat, mushrooms, berries, vegetables and herbs, and most of what we use has never travelled more than four hours by car,” explains Roar Hildonen. He is a successful restaurateur with 25 years of experience in the city. Together with Alexander Skjefte, winner of a Young Sommelier prize, and Ole-Erik Holmen

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Løkken, Norwegian cooking champion, he started To Rom og Kjøkken (Two Rooms and a Kitchen) in October 2005. Since then, every year, it has been chosen as one of the top three restaurants in Trondheim. World-class scallops The kitchen, which is Mediterranean and mainly French-inspired, takes advantage of being situated in an area known for its ecological cultivation and small-scale produce. “Our scallops are of world-class quality and always on the menu. They are wellknown and exported far outside the borders of Norway, but for us they are easily attainable, almost right outside our door,” says Hildonen. To him it is essential to use the ingredients in an innovative way, while still keeping their true flavours intact. “Presentation isn’t the main thing for us; it is more about capturing and emphasis-

ing the taste that is already there, without using too many distracting flavours. We don’t place a green herb on top, just because it looks good.” Wine and cocktails The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, and Hildonen, who holds the title of Norway and World Champion for cocktails, recommends the drink Kyoto in the cocktail bar. The restaurant seats up to 150 people over two floors, and you can combine dinner with wine tasting, food courses and similar activities. To Rom og Kjøkken Carl Johans gt 5 7010 Trondheim Book in advance on +47 73 56 89 00 or visit

Chablis Brasserie & Bar: Pure ingredients and unique flavours By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Chablis

Chablis Brasserie & Bar is a stylish and classic French-inspired restaurant located in the heart of the old town in Trondheim that offers tasty brasseriestyle dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Chablis Brasserie & Bar is a restaurant with a lot of character and an informally relaxed atmosphere. With 12 years of experience in creating classic brasseriestyle dishes, the establishment offers the perfect backdrop for any event or eventuality. You can drop by with your friends, enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other, have a productive business meeting or even a private celebration in their cosy function room. Chablis Brasserie & Bar offers a fivecourse menu that changes every week, and they are also one of the only restau-

rants in Trondheim to include an à la carte menu. If you have any special requests for your private party, then the chefs are more than happy to create a tailor-made menu appropriate to your needs. “The menu is French-inspired, with an emphasis on Norwegian ingredients. Norwegian raw materials are the best we can use, as they provide good, clean flavours,“ explains Chef Leif Erik Karlsen. “We always use the raw materials when they are at their best, which is reflected in the menu that changes according to the seasons.” Autumn is lamb and game season at the restaurant, which guarantees a lot of exciting new dishes to look forward to on the menu. It is very seldom that they offer dishes based on ingredients that are not in season, but an important exception is

reindeer, which is also served in the summer. “Chablis is very popular among tourists, who often ask for reindeer or salmon. Although summer is not really the right season for reindeer, we have chosen to serve it anyway. They have often never tasted it before, which makes it especially exciting and fun for them to taste and for us to serve to them,” concludes Karlsen.

For more information, please visit: Chablis Brasserie & Bar Øvre Bakklandet 66 Trondheim

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Kvilhaugen Gård – traditionally Norwegian By Dyveke Nilssen | Photos: Kvilhaugen Gård

having walked up the steep hills from the city, they needed a good rest on the hill. Kvilhaugen offers a varied menu and can also tailor-make special menus on request. The kitchen combines some popular flavours of today with traditional Norwegian cooking. Among the courses on the autumn menu, for example, you will find game such as reindeer and moose.

Kvilhaugen Gård offers a feeling of true Norwegian traditions. The farm from 1820 is situated a short 15 minute walk from the city centre of Trondheim. There you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the fjord, and a tasteful meal in the à la carte restaurant that is open daily. “As well as the à la carte restaurant, Kvilhaugen hosts functions and parties of all kinds. Together, the beautiful main house and the refurbished cowshed can house parties such as confirmations, weddings, birthdays, Christmas parties, conferences and company gatherings. The warm, genuine and traditional atmosphere at the farm makes your experience truly special,” says Restaurant Manager Audi Førde. Many generations have spent their lives on the farm, but in 1988 Kvilhaugen became a restaurant. Directly translated, P

the name “Kvilhaugen Gård” means “resthill farm”. During the 1920s, the city people used the area around the farm for recreational activities on Sundays. After

Nidaros Pilgrim Centre A quiet place in the heart of Trondheim Nidaros Pilgrim Centre is situated next to the Nidaros Cathedral and is open for pilgrims and other guests. The Centre offers accommodation in single/double rooms with breakfast, and an open café. Pre-booking is recommended at Phone (+ 47) 73 52 50 00 The Route of St Olavʼs ways is certified as an European Cultural Route.

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The museum offers attractions and activities for the whole family.

Ringve – Music museum, country estate & botanical garden By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Ringve Museum

Ringve is a country estate from the 18th century turned into Norway’s only museum specialising in music and musical instruments. It was founded in 1952 by Victoria Bachke, who, together with her husband Christian Bachke, collected the instruments from all around Europe. The museum now offers guided tours and musical demonstrations on the actual instruments as well as activities for children. A lovely botanical garden surrounds the estate. Located close to central Trondheim, Ringve was once the childhood home of famous Norwegian naval hero "Tordenskiold" and has always been a country estate for the rich and influential. Today these impressive, historical surroundings play host to an exceptional museum with a vast instrument collection ranging

from Italian violins from the 1600s to a Japanese Roland synth from 1978. And most surprisingly these instruments are still played and demonstrated by the well-educated and knowledgeable tour guides. “The quality of our guided tours is very high,” says Information Manager Sigurd Nielsen. “And nothing beats the experience of meeting an engaged and lively tour guide, who in addition can offer good live performances on selected instruments. We also have weekend concerts on Sundays that are included in the entrance fee, performed by our musical guides. There’s a four-day festival at the end of June each year dedicated to song and the vocal tradition. In addition, we host a huge range of events through autumn and spring.”

Things to discover for the whole family For the little ones, Ringve offers a special children’s programme. It includes handson activities, where children get to make simple instruments out of basic materials. They learn how sound is created, and the self-made instrument is theirs to keep. This makes the museum attractive for the whole family. Ringve is also host to many conferences and large dinner parties. Visitors can thus experience private events in the setting of a historical country estate. The dinner hall can seat up to 150 people, while the concert hall can accommodate 300 guests. For more information, please visit:

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Stiklestad – a journey back in time By Dyveke Nilssen | Photo: Stiklestad

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At the historic grounds of Stiklestad, you can take a journey back in time and join Lord Kolbjørn Gunnarsson and his family for a traditional medieval feast in his majestic longhouse. Stiklestad has been the cradle of the nation ever since the martyr death of King Olav Haraldsson in the battle of 1030 A.D. “Stiklestadir farm is a brand new attraction here, where you can dine and drink in a longhouse as the Vikings did,” says press officer Ingegerd Eggen. In the enormous building, 7.5 metres from floor to ceiling, groups of up to 100 can dress in clothes from the Middle Ages and listen to exciting tales and history while enjoying a proper feast. There are several different offers to choose from, depending on how big a feast you would like to take part in. “Ranging from shorter meals and lunch offers of about an hour, to a Viking buffet lasting 3-4 hours, there should be something for everyone. There is always a great atmosphere at Lord Kolbjørn Gunnarson and his family’s house, and the evening can be tailor-made to fit any occasion,” says Eggen. “A good idea is to combine the experience with a course or conference at Stiklestad Hotel, and a customised guided tour to Stiklestad National Cultural Centre and the many exhibitions there.” For conferences, Eggen recommends traditional Viking battles and games, such as shooting with bow and arrow and rope pulling, which are great team strengthening activities.

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Roskilde – Denmark’s oldest capital Text and Photos by Visit Roskilde

More than 1,000 years ago the Vikings established a trading post that developed into a major town. Later, Roskilde was one of Northern Europe’s most important medieval cities and capital for the King as well as the episcopal residence. Since the early 15th century the Roskilde Cathedral has been Denmark’s royal burial place, which is the reason for its inclusion on the World Heritage List. The remarkable and impressive cathedral has a number of chapels. From August 2010, the projected sarcophagus for the Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik can be seen in St Birgitte’s Chapel inside the Cathedral. The Viking Ship Museum with its five original ships from the 10th century and Sea Stallion from Glendalough offers activities in a historical atmosphere. Gallery NB covers a wide palette and is braced to follow a philosophy of sharing appreciation of precious art with as many as possible. The glassblower transforms lumps of melted glass into beautiful handicraft products. The city centre offers a pedestrian precinct and a market square with a lively shopping atmosphere. Culture flourishes

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all year round with a rich musical life from classical concerts to the Roskilde Festival. Restaurant Raadhuskælderen offers delicious Danish open sandwiches and grilled dishes from a lava stone grill served in cozy surroundings. Restaurant Mumm is a small exclusive restaurant in one of the town‘s oldest streets. Gourmet House Store Børs specializes in shellfish and fish dishes and has all that is required for a complete experience of good food and lots of charm. Hotel Prindsen, located right on the idyllic pedestrian precinct, offers suites of four-star quality. Take a cruise with Sagafjord at the Roskilde Fjord and get closer to a number of Denmark’s most beautiful historical locations. Discover the beautiful nature at Ledreborg Palace Golf whose vision is “to be Denmark’s most beautiful golf course.” For more information, please visit:

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New chapter for Norwegian cruise liner after cash boost from shareholders By Samantha Wong | Photo: Kim Hansen

A number of high profile candidates are looking to stand as chairman of Saga Fjord, including the former mayor of Gundsø, Evan Lynnerup. Journalist Lise Nørgaard, who wrote the renowned Danish TV series Matador, will be giving a lecture on her experiences of growing up in Roskilde on Saga Fjord’s gala voyage on 4 October.

The iconic Norwegian cruise ship, Saga Fjord, has come under the ownership of more than 500 shareholders after Kim Hansen’s campaign to secure the ship’s stay in Roskilde, Denmark. Kim, director of Saga Fjord Limited which was only established this summer, hopes that the ship will become one of the city’s leading attractions. In the past Kim worked as a carpenter and captain of smaller ships before embarking on a 10 year career as an auditor. Combining his financial skills with his passion for boats, Kim jumped at the chance to save Saga Fjord when former owner Erik Hansen put the vessel up for sale in September 2009. “Saga Fjord has always been an attraction in Roskilde as it belongs there,” said Kim. “It has existed in

the harbour for 21 years and if it was up to me, I believe it should be there for many years in the future.” Kim formed Saga Fjord Limited in a bid to raise 15 million kroner in shares to buy the ship. Investment in the company to save the liner varied from 1,000 kroner to 1 million kroner from a Roskilde resident who wished to remain anonymous. The remaining capital was funded by a loan from Savings Zealand.

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Great beer and beautiful paintings Some of the best beer in Denmark can be found just outside Roskilde. By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Gunhilds Galleri & Hornbeer

When Gunhild and Jørgen Rasmussen sold their company three years ago, they decided to start focusing on the things that really made them happy. The result can now be experienced in Kirke Hyllinge just outside Roskilde, where the results of their hobbies have been turned into an interesting visitor’s centre with an art gallery and a brewery. Happy times on canvas The gallery is where Gunhild Rasmussen exhibits and sells her lively and colourful paintings. “My main focus is to paint something that puts a smile on people’s faces and is a reminder of happy times,” Gunhild Rasmussen says. Her paintings can also be seen at Gallery Working Art in Roskilde.

Best new beer in Denmark Why not wash down the cultural experience with one of the 20 different kinds of beer that Jørgen Rasmussen is brewing under the name Hornbeer, a brewery he has turned into a success in only three years and which was awarded with “Best new beer” last year for his Caribbean Rum Stout. “We are happy to arrange beer tastings and a guided tour of the brewery,” Jørgen Rasmussen says. Gunhild Rasmussen is also involved

with the brewery, as she creates the interesting labels for the beer. “It is good fun to make each label represent the beer perfectly through the colours and patterns,” Gunhild Rasmussen says. The gallery and brewery are open by appointment. For more information, please visit:

Wonderful shopping in nostalgic surroundings By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Mosehusets Købmandshandel

All the heart and stomach can desire and then some is to be found in Mosehusets Købmandshandel in Borup just outside Roskilde. Mosehusets Købmandshandel is one of those shops where the eye constantly finds new things to feast on: an old coffee mill here, a glass of colourful handmade boiled sweets there and in the back a wonderful variety of beautiful things for the house. The air is filled with the fragrant scent of the more than 300 different kinds of tea that the store has to offer. If you find it difficult to decide what to have, just ask the staff, who are more than happy to help you find exactly what the heart desires. “We pride ourselves on our service. The aim is for all customers to leave the shop

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feeling exceptionally cared for,” says owner Hanne Lundgren. Christmas elves and giant pancakes Lundgren runs the quaint little shop from an old thatched house that is situated idyllically in the countryside. When visiting make sure to visit the attic, where she keeps her impressive collection of classic Danish elves and other Christmas ornaments, which are for sale all year.

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Britannia Hotel

Hotel of the Month, Norway

Britannia Hotel The venerable Britannia Hotel in the centre of Trondheim has been an important part of the city’s history for more than 100 years. The monumental five-star hotel has a sought-after conference concept, four restaurants and an exclusive new spa, all in the frame of a relaxing environment. The impressive facade of the majestic and beautiful building has given it a nickname among the locals: the great white swan. “The Hotel is huge, but it is still has a lot of personality. There’s only one Britannia, there’s nothing else like it around here,” explains Sales and Marketing Manager Trine Steinsboe Egelie. Opened in 1897, it was one of the first of its kind in any of the Nordic countries. It quickly became popular, and as it ex-

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panded it kept its first-class reputation. It is a select member of the Most Famous Hotels, a group of hotels that you have to apply for, and only the most characteristic ones with an interesting history and a special “x-factor” are accepted. “It is now a modern hotel, but we have kept the special atmosphere with the elegant and classic style and interior that has always been a part of it,” says Steinsboe Egelie. She mentions old artworks hanging on the walls and says the hotel staff is eager to tell the guests about them. “We combine history and tradition with real Trondheim hospitality and personal service.” Four restaurants The hotel has a long tradition in gastronomy and culinary culture. The four restau-

By Dyveke Nilssen | Photos: Britannia Hotel

rants and two hotel bars are in different ways all important parts of the hotel as well as the city’s history. When Palmehaven first opened in 1918, it quickly became popular amongst the city’s artists. The Moorish garden, once used as a horse stable, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner under a starry sky. The à la carte menu for dinner is based on the original menu used during the early days of the hotel. “The impressive interior together with chill-out music and great food is a popular combination. The mix of hotel guests, business people, artists and locals makes it the lively centre of the hotel,” says Steinsboe Egelie. You get a different experience at Jonathan Mat & Vinkjeller (food & wine cellar), a charming and rustic restaurant. It has

been running for 20 years and is famous for its excellent cuisine with a range of courses and wines to choose from. The speciality and bestseller is ‘Jonathan’s kjellerbiff’. The carefully selected steak is served on a slab of soapstone pre-heated to 300 ºC, so the guest can cook it to their liking at the table. “This makes the dining experience one that will never be forgotten,” says Steinsboe Egelie and recommends you reserve a table in advance. Hjørnet Bar & Brasserie (“On the corner”) offers menus inspired by international cuisine and is most popular during lunch hours. Placed in the basement, 1897 is the newest addition to Britannia’s food and dining selection. “It is an alternative for our guests who want something extra. It is designed to offer 10 to 20 guests an experience of food, drink and hospitality with a set menu,” explains Steinsboe Egelie. The lobby bar by the reception is a place to enjoy an aperitif, while you study the

menu, or a cognac or liqueur after your meal. Every Friday and Saturday there is live music at the Piano Bar, a popular choice for many in Trondheim.

spa and wellness area also offers a fully equipped modern fitness room for your enjoyment,” says the Sales and Marketing Manager.

Conference Centre and spa

Britannia has 247 rooms, with 11 suites. You can choose between deluxe rooms, feminine rooms customised for female guests, artist rooms decorated by famous artists who have stayed at the hotel or visited Palmehaven, and business rooms.

With 12 modern meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 420 people, Passagen Course and Conference Centre is very popular. Tailored solutions for both national gatherings as well as smaller meetings are available, and next to the conference centre you will find a coffee bar, refreshments, lounge suites, and an open fireplace and access to the garden for smokers.

“The most important thing for us is that our guests feel like they are being taken properly care of, and we do our best to offer them the best available service.”

The exclusive Britannia Spa & Wellness centre opened last year. It is complimentary for all guests and offers tastefully decorated rooms and a relaxation area, which includes a wellness pool and Dead Sea Mineral pool. “High above the mineral pools, we have recreated the stars of the Nordic night sky to shine down from the ceiling. Our

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Hotel Vanilla

Hotel of the Month, Sweden

Hotel Vanilla

By Linnea Dunne | Photos: Bella H

Forget about mass-produced chain concepts and design by numbers. Gothenburg’s Hotel Vanilla has both the location and the charm - all for an affordable price.

Whoever said that city breaks have to cost a bomb and involve sleepless nights in noisy hotels? Hotel Vanilla begs to differ. It is exactly that little unique city hotel we all look for but struggle to find, and it is not only the hotel itself that is matchless. “Every room has been individually decorated,” says owner Leif Emblad proudly. And that is the modest answer: not only have they been individually adorned, but amazingly and tastefully so. Situated in a quiet, cobbled street, Hotel Vanilla could almost make you forget for a second just what part of Europe you are in, mistaking Gothenburg for Venice; yet it is only a stone’s throw away from NK, the shopping mecca of the city, and within walking distance of the opera house. However, Emblad will not put his guests in

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a box. “That’s what’s so nice about it, that your typical guest could be a theatre visitor, a business person or a tourist. And many of them return.”

“Christmas shoppers and city discoverers, look no further.”

Do they return because of Hotel Vanilla’s quaintness? Or is it simply the fact that they know they can return time and time again to a lovely hotel, yet with a different room and consequently different experience every time? It could also be the service, something Emblad emphasises more than once. “It’s a very charming hotel, and we try to always offer very personal service.”

But the Swedish experience is never complete without some ‘fika’: a visit to a cosy, friendly café that serves up cinnamon buns and great-quality coffee. Luckily, Hotel Vanilla has it all covered for you. Kafé Vanilj is as enchanting as the hotel itself, offering everything from buns and pastries to salads, sandwiches and hot main courses. Lovebirds will also appreciate the quiet garden, perfect for the pre-show drink or post-shopping relaxation. Christmas shoppers and city discoverers, look no further. Charming décor and personal service have never been so affordable.

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Hotel GLO

Hotel of the Month, Finland

Hotel GLO – The success story continues By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport

The original Hotel GLO, located in the heart of Helsinki, has been a true success story. The GLO-brand has become a well-known concept amongst Finns as well as foreigners visiting the capital for business or leisure, and they have voted Hotel GLO as the best hotel in Finland on numerous occasions. The GLO-concept is all about lifestyle, quality and the guests’ individuality. Now this thriving brand is expanding into a small hotel chain, with Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport and Hotel GLO Espoo Sello opening their doors to guests this autumn. “Individuality, luxury, attentive service and central location,” this is how Hotel Manager Katriina Moksi describes the key selling points of “GLO” in a nutshell. It has shown to be a winning combination for guests who are looking for quality accommodation, spacious rooms, modern

technology, adaptable services and a good night’s sleep. The positive feedback has made it possible for the GLO-brand to extend its concept into two new hotels. Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport “The old airport hotel is going through a complete renovation process; it’s basically getting a GLO-makeover,” explains Moksi. “The design will be of the highest quality as well as all the amenities in the rooms, including exceptional beds and a Tivoli radio with an mp3-connection.” The hotel is located inside the airport on the service floor in Terminal 2. It was formerly known as Hotel Palace Airport, and it will remain open throughout the renovation period. Passengers in need of accommodation between flights or inconvenienced by delayed or cancelled flights will be pleasantly surprised by the changes, as

Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport will make their stay pleasant, relaxed and completely tailor-made to their individual needs. Another element of the GLO-concept is a menu of different products that can be ordered to your room free of charge. These products include laptops, Play Stations, exercise bags (with a yoga mat, hand weights and exercise DVD amongst other things) and so forth; also available is a sleep menu with different types of pillows and other sleeping aides. Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport will be ready by October 2010, and Hotel GLO Espoo Sello is opening later on in November. For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Bromølle Kro

Hotel of the Month, Denmark

Bromølle Kro

By Linnea Dunne | Photos: Bromølle Kro

With an awe-inspiring history, beautiful surroundings and a botanical garden nearby, Bromølle Kro is Denmark’s oldest inn and an oasis of peace and quiet. Tucked away between deep woods and a picturesque stream, only four miles from the town of Jyderup in the heart of West Zealand, Bromølle Kro is the oldest inn in Denmark. Founded in 1198, it belonged to the local farms for centuries, but in 1994 things changed. “I grew up here and know the area like the back of my hand,” says Bettina Bresnov, who bought the inn together with her husband and parents sixteen years ago. With marketing training in addition to years of experience in restaurants, Bresnov and her husband have been the sole managers of the inn since her parents retired. Because of its rural location, the inn has served more than one purpose in its day. “It once was a mill, a farm house, a post office… And for some time it was owned by Bishop Absalon, who founded Copen-

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hagen,“ Bresnov explains. Years later, during the 18th century, the proprietors took a somewhat unusual approach to profit-making, intoxicating the visitors with the local brew, killing them and stealing their possessions.

“It really is special: the perfect place for relaxing.” But today, Bresnov promises, no one will be disturbed, whether they choose to enjoy a few drinks or not. “We do throw parties a lot of the time, but the rooms are all located at the back and perfectly quiet at all times.” Furthermore, Bromølle Kro is known for its fantastic kitchen, which serves up traditional meals with a modern twist. The chef’s speciality and the most popular

dish is venison – naturally so, as the creature’s natural habitat surrounds the inn. With a famous botanical garden around the corner, there has been talk of the area being made into a national park. Perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers alike, Bromølle Kro now has a bunch of faithful regulars who return every year. “Every room has its own terrace, and often animals come down all the way as you’re sitting there,” says Bettina. “It really is special: the perfect place for relaxing.” In other words, it is peace and quiet guaranteed - with endless opportunities for forest walks, exploration of fauna and greatquality food.

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Attraction of the Month, Denmark

Experience history firsthand at the open air museum “Den Gamle By” By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Den Gamle By

Located in Århus, Den Gamle By (The Old Town) is a very special sort of attraction: a highly complex museum with multiple layers of interesting discoveries to be made by its visitors. According to the museum’s original concept, visitors can walk straight into a Danish market town from the mid-19th century, which is the time when Hans Christian Andersen lived. And it is indeed a bit like stepping into a fairytale or a different reality, as everything has been faithfully recreated to the very last detail. Among the most recent attractions is a major new town district that will take you back to 1974.

many details to study. And everything is authentic and based on thorough research. It’s an actual museum, not an amusement park.” Visitors are able to experience the ambience of an old town that has not been demolished by modernisation. They can walk into the houses, which are “inhabited” by people from this period of time. There are altogether 75 historical houses, gardens, exhibitions, shops and workshops to discover. These include The Danish Poster Museum, The Danish Museum of Clocks & Watches, a large toy museum as well as a traditional tea garden.

attractions, and for the time being Den Gamle By is the only museum in the world to take on this type of project, which is among the largest museum projects in Denmark over the last 50 years. “It’s like walking into a time capsule,” explains Ravn. “It is a period that a lot of Danes can relate to. It’s a contemporary museum, where you can, for example, buy technological items from the 70s. It makes you realise how much development has taken place in the last 36 years. We wanted to make our generation part of the museum, while offering a direct link to the lives of people living today.”

The Old Town “It’s like visiting a foreign country,” describes Director Thomas Bloch Ravn. “It’s a completely different environment with so

Back to the 70s The new urban Modern Town is an incredibly fascinating addition to the existing

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Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Restaurant

Swedish Executive Chef Jonas Karlsson cooks up a storm

By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Fifth Floor Restaurant

The Fifth Floor Restaurant on top of Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge is known for its high-quality modern European cuisine as well as its award-wining wine list that offers more than 750 carefully selected wines from all over the world. Current Executive Head Chef, Swedishborn Jonas Karlsson, has been adding

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some Scandinavian flavours and elements to the food at the Fifth Floor since 2004. Scan Magazine had the great pleasure of sampling the flavoursome market menu in the relaxed atmosphere of the newly refurbished restaurant, and afterwards we were able to catch the Swedish ‘master chef’ himself for a pleasant chat.

At first we were not really sure what to expect from a luxury department store and its restaurant’s general ambience, but we were surprised to find ourselves in a calm and airy space set apart from the busier gourmet food market on the same floor. At 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon, it seemed like we had missed the lunch rush, and

the atmosphere among the remaining customers and the service staff was lightly relaxed and cheery. We discovered that the market and the à la carte menu were indeed a nice blend of European modern classics, such as foie gras ballottine with toasted brioche and Monkfish ossobuco style with sweet potato purée, with some Scandinavian influences coming through in dishes like the lobster ragout and the elderflower marinated Claire island salmon (which is a slight variation on the Scandinavian gravad lax). My vegetarian lunch partner and I finally both decided on the beef tomato and herb salad with vanilla olive oil, lime and green pepper corns as a starter, and as for the mains he chose a creamed porcini risotto, while I tried the roasted coley with buttered spinach and poached egg. The salad was a lovely, slightly tangy and light dish that managed to successfully wet our appetites for the main courses. My main dish was a perfect choice for me, as I love fish that is quite mild and just melts in your mouth. The quick spoonful that I stole from my partner’s plate of risotto was also an absolute creamy and tasty delight. The food was accompanied by a glass of medium Riesling that tasted almost fizzy on the tongue. It was definitely a culinary experience that we would gladly recommend to anyone. Compliments to the chef After cooling off with a sorbet for desert, I was able to finally thank the chef himself and sit down with him for a chat. Jonas Karlsson, who joined Harvey Nichols in 2004 and worked alongside Finnish-born chef Helena Puolakka, was appointed Head Chef in April 2007. For his menus he draws inspiration from his Scandinavian upbringing as well as his passion for French cuisine. Karlsson picked up his first cooking skills and ideas from his Swedish paternal grandmother. “I remember how I used to visit my grandparent’s little farm, and how there was always a lot of produce around,” he says. “I also remember helping my grand-

mother with picking berries and mushrooms in the summer and autumn. We would bring it home, and she would make jam and jellies out of them. And around Christmas, I remember the pigs being slaughtered to make black pudding and sausages.” So from a very early age Karlsson enjoyed seeing the different processes that went into the production of food, and by the age of 11-12 he had already decided that he wanted to become a chef. He ended up going into restaurant and hospitality education in Sweden, while working at local restaurants and hotels in the evening and over weekends. After finishing at cooking college and garnering some work experience, he wanted to move upwards to restaurants with higher standards of cooking. “It turned out that the ‘better restaurants’ in Gothenburg and Stockholm required me to have at least 5-6 years of similar experience,” says Karlsson, who was forced to look for jobs elsewhere. “I started looking in London instead, which seemed to have a lot more different opportunities on offer.” Karlsson moved to the UK in 2000, and worked at Coq d’Argent with Michael Weiss for 18 months (2000-2001) and then at Orrery with Chris Galvin and Andre Garrett for two and a half years (2001-2004) before moving on to Harvey Nichols. The rest is pretty much history. Now Karlsson is able to integrate his heritage with European cooking, while using high-quality gourmet produce in a setting that is all about quality itself. “My cooking is very light and suitable for anyone. The way I mix modern European and French cooking with a hint of Swedish classics makes it well worth a visit,” he explains. “You can enjoy a three-course meal without feeling too stuffed to continue shopping in Harvey Nichols.” And to be absolutely sure, you should probably pop by the Fifth Floor for a sumptuous lunch yourself!

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Vernon Mauris – Sweden’s Mister Tea Text and Photos by Jenny Olsson

Selling fine tea in a coffee drinking nation ought to be a mission impossible. Unless you have a true devotion and a missionary’s vocation for the tea culture that is. We met up with Vernon Mauris, who for more than 40 years has worked with tea, and whose tea boutique in Stockholm has become a true Mecca for tea lovers.

Swedes are, together with Finns, famous for being the heaviest coffee drinkers in the world – some 150 litres of coffee per person yearly. Or at least that is how it used to be, because nowadays there is something else boiling in Swedish kettles. “Tea drinking has increased enormously in Sweden in the past few years. People are very interested, and it is mainly the sale of fine teas that has increased. Swedes are very selective when choosing their tea and have, to put it simply, become tea connoisseurs,” says Vernon Mauris. And he ought to know. Since 1978 Mauris has run The Tea Centre on Södermalm in Stockholm and has become somewhat of a Swedish tea guru or tea missionary if you will. People pilgrimage to his exclusive, yet far from snobbish, tea boutique to botanize among the 350 different kinds and blends offered from tins and porcelain teapots. Ask any tea aficionado and they can give you the direction to Hornsgatan 46. Descendent of a Sri Lankan family, Mauris came to Sweden in the early 60s. At the

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time it was nearly impossible to buy anything other than mediocre tea bags from the grocer’s. Beginning with virtually nothing, he has managed to build a small and successful empire out of his love for tea. EWC Scandinavia AB has evolved into a group of companies, and Mauris can put several titles on his business card: tea importer, supplier, distributor, wholesaler, retailer, blender and tea lecturer. Each year he sells about 300 tons of high quality tea, mainly imported from China and Japan. Mauris is happy to notice that more and more Swedes swap their coffee beans for tea leaves, but he is actually not surprised at the development. “Tea is not just any kind of beverage, it is so much more. It is a culture that calls for being sociable and sitting down for a long time. Tea is far from the stressful ‘espresso on the go’-mentality. In our shop, we always start every morning with a joint venture over a cup of tea. Without it work cannot commence,” he states. Entering his shop on Hornsgatan, you are instantly transferred to another world. Fruity and aromatic blends fill the air

Scan Magazine | Special Feature | Tea Expert

which, together with the dark-wood interior and dim lights, creates an exotic atmosphere. Gen Mai Cha, Bai Mu Dan, Gyokuro, Lapsang Souchong, Pu Erh Tuo Cha... The names on the tea canisters on the shelves ring poetically and permeate the space with ancient history.

With a small silver spoon Mauris laps up the tea and sucks it up with quick inhalations. The air is for sprinkling the tea in the palate to maximize the tasting experience. After rinsing the inside of his mouth, he spits it out into a large spittoon – testing around 50-60 sorts during a working day calls for being protective of one’s stomach.

In the cupping room, Mauris is occupied with testing new sorts that his son Gihan – equally affable and gentleman-like as his father – has brought back from Japan. The resemblance to wine tasting is striking. However, the wine glasses have been replaced with small bowls of room-tempered tea. Next to each bowl are saucers with tea leaves, both dry and wet as the appearance of the leaves says much about the quality.

“This is where we compose,” Mauris says pointing towards the small tea bowls. “It is just like a musician composing music. You have to see the colour, you have to smell the scent and you have to taste the taste.”

“We buy our tea directly from the estates, so we know exactly the bush which it comes from. Every farmer has his own plantation and factory, where he steams and rolls the tea leaves before they are sent to the roasting house. Then, when a buyer like me comes, they ask how you would like your tea. They have for instance tested Swedish tap water, so they know what kind of tea is best suited to the character of that water. It has to be a perfect match; otherwise, there would be no point.”

The most popular blend, the classic Söderblandning (Blend of South Stockholm), however, is not a well thought out composition, rather an accident. One day in 1979, when Mauris was trying out new blends, he accidently dropped the ingredients into a mess. Annoyed but unwilling to spoil such good tea, he tried the blend. Today, Söderblandning has become a classic and is exported all over the world. “I’m proud to say that even the Swedish Embassy in Japan serves Söderblandning,” says Vernon and smiles.

Mauris also makes his own blends. Or, more adequately, creates them, because that is basically what it is all about.

Read and become a tea connoisseur Vernon Mauris is the author of two books about tea. His latest one, Te – från Sencha till Lapsang (Natur & Kultur, 2008), co-written with Petter Bjerke, is a virtual odyssey into the world of tea. With the ancient history as a starting point, readers get a good insight into the different sorts and blends, picking and production, tea cultures, and of course, the secret to brewing a perfect cup of tea.

The Tea Centre of Stockholm Hornsgatan 46, Stockholm Phone: +46 8 640 42 10 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09.30-18.00, Sat 10.00-14.00, Sun closed

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Munkebo Kro

Restaurant of the Month, Denmark

Munkebo Kro High-level gastronomy in an idyllic setting Classic local dishes with a modern French twist are the focal point of Thomas Pasfall’s cooking at Restaurant Anden, the gourmet restaurant at Munkebo Kro. A perfect mixture judged by the number of nominations and awards to be seen in the restaurant. By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Munkebo Kro

Munkebo Kro is one of the most beautifully situated restaurants on Funen in the beautiful countryside between Odense and Kerteminde and with a lovely view of Kettinge Cove. Ten years ago the inn was bought by Thomas Pasfall and his wife Annesofie, who have since done an amazing job turning the quaint thatched buildings into one of the best gastronomic destinations on Funen. His flair for the job is exceptional. He gained vast experience working as a gour-

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met chef in several high-class restaurants and was awarded “Chef of the Year” in 2000 – the same year he took over Munkebo Kro. Since then he and the restaurant have been nominated for and honoured with numerous awards, several of them placing Munkebo Kro and Restaurant Anden among the finest restaurants in Denmark. “It has been amazing to build something that has always been a dream, and it has always been my ambition to be among the best,” Pasfall says.

80 percent local ingredients The focal point of the cooking is all the best that Funen has to offer. “We are constantly working on expressing and interpreting the values, traditions and ingredients that can be found here on Funen,” Thomas Pasfall explains. As much as 80 percent of all the ingredients are from local producers, and Thomas Pasfall takes great care in choosing the very best of what the rich soil of Funen has to offer. However, he has no in-

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tention of cooking strictly with local ingredients.

macy, where we meet our guests at eye level,” Pasfall says.

“I have chosen not to strictly limit my cooking to local ingredients, as I will not exclude foie gras, for example,” Pasfall explains.

Stay for breakfast

Classic and traditional with a modern twist He balances his cooking elegantly between the classic French cuisine and traditional local dishes, which results in surprising modern twists on well-known classics.

An atmosphere that is not only to be found in the restaurant, but also in the rest of the inn, where 20 double rooms and two suites are perfect for those who do not want to limit their visit to the restaurant. Staying at the inn also makes it possible to prolong the gourmet experience with the lavish breakfast table that awaits guests in the morning with anything a hungry breakfast heart can desire. Duck, duck, duck

The concept is that the cooking, décor and atmosphere in the inn go hand in hand. The restaurant is simply, but tastefully decorated, and is the perfect frame for the small pieces of art being created on the plates. The feel is still that of a cosy old inn with low ceiling, exposed beams and small windows, but also classy and elegant at the same time. “It is important for us to create the atmosphere of an idyll, cosiness and inti-

By the way, make sure to notice the many ducks that can be found all over the inn in many shapes and forms. The bird has followed Annesofie and Thomas since the couple first met each other and has become an important symbol for them that stands for love, quality and everything good. Exactly what Restaurant Anden represents! For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Helmi

Restaurant of the Month, Finland

Restaurant Helmi

By Nia Kajastie | Photo: Restaurant Helmi

– Relaxed gourmet dining in the ‘pearl’ of Helsinki Located in central Helsinki, Restaurant Helmi (Pearl) offers a stylish yet relaxed setting for your gourmet dinner as well as a night out on the town. The unique, experimental kitchen accompanied by friendly service and loquacious staff, makes this trendy establishment a hotspot not to be missed. Restaurateur Jussi Kivi, together with Mikko Leisti and celebrity chef Jyrki Sukula, established Restaurant Helmi back in 1993, and 17 years later, Kivi is still happy to continue as an integral part of his very first restaurant project. “Our concept has always stayed the same: an international kitchen and good food as well as a great party every Friday and Sat-

urday night,” explains Kivi. “In the evenings, people can enjoy their meals in a relaxed environment, but later on the atmosphere changes when the party gets going.”

Restaurant Helmi includes a downstairs function room for private parties and events, as well as two bars and the dining area. Around 30% of their trade is also made up of the sought-after catering side

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of their business (run by Mari Lilja). The restaurant menu changes with the seasons, and there is always room for new concoctions in between their most popular dishes such as sushi and tapas. “Our Head Chef Mic Vettenranta has been with us for approximately six years now, and he’s always trying out new flavour combinations,” says Kivi. “We’re all about hand-made food with fresh ingredients and a great taste. We try to make everything from scratch.” The restaurant is also known for its bubbly staff that will always make you feel welcome and looked after. For more information, please visit:

Restaurant of the Month, Sweden

Alta Marea – Göteborg’s finest Italian restaurant By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Alta Marea

Alta Marea was opened as recently as a year ago by Italian chef Nicola Longobucco and his partner Markus Mozaffari. It is a traditional Italian restaurant that serves authentic Italian food without any twists or fusions. The food is all produced in-house as well as à la minute, so no ingredients are precooked, and visitors will always receive freshly cooked, fragrant Italian food.

The food at Alta Marea is not regional, but rather national Italian food, including delicious pasta, pizza, fish, meat and risotto. They also have a section on their menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. To accompany all the different flavours, they offer a great selection of Italian, Spanish and French wines as well as grappa, cocktails, cognac and whiskey.

Chef Nicola Longobucco has 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has previously worked in Italy, as well as the US. During his six-year stint in Miami, he worked at restaurants with exceptional culinary standards and as a personal chef to major stars such as Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez and Robert De Niro. With Alta Marea, he wants to bring the same level of cooking and service to Sweden, but at a much more affordable price.

“We have mostly Italian people working here, in the kitchen as well as on the floor,” explains Longobucco. “The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, and at 10.30pm we turn the restaurant into a lounge with a DJ playing good music. It picks up a bit later on, and we’re normally open until 2-3am. The kitchen closes at 11pm, but the bar is open late.” The restaurant includes a beautiful patio outside, as well as an area perfect for pri-

vate parties and events. The general ambience is very Mediterranean, stress-free and quite romantic on top. But most importantly, Alta Marea offers fine Italian dining in an unpretentious setting that is accessible and affordable to everyone.

For more information, please visit: Address: Linnégatan 27 413 04 Göteborg Sweden Tel: 031 42 50 40

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Restaurant of the Month, Norway

Værtshuset Bærums Verk By: Dyveke Nilssen | Photos: Værtshuset Bærums Verk

The oldest restaurant in Norway can be found in Bærum, only a 15 minute drive from Oslo. The 360-year-old building on historic grounds plays host to a classic and timeless restaurant, where you can enjoy Norwegian food traditions at a very high standard made with fresh ingredients. Built in 1640, the inn was originally established at Bærum Iron Works to gain control over all the drinking amongst the workers, and eventually it became a lively meeting place for the villagers. It functioned as an inn for about 250 years, and then as dwellings for the people working at the Iron Works, before being put under preservation. In 1987, it was completely restored and re-opened as a restaurant. “It was a dream come true when Ulla and I took over as hosts here,” says Bob Lay-

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cock. He and his wife had been wanting to run something together for a while already, when they were offered the chance to manage this historic establishment.

Christmas parties, jubilees, birthdays, weddings, christenings and confirmations.” Traditional food

“We want to keep the traditions and follow the trail already made, but at the same time develop the concept further continuously. Everyone is to feel the comfortable atmosphere and its unique identity,” says Laycock.

The food is made according to Norwegian culinary traditions, prepared in a kitchen widely reputed for the quality of its cooking. It is a proud member of De Historiske, a group of historic restaurants offering Norwegian gastronomy deeply rooted in the country’s culture.

The red-painted building is set in atmospheric surroundings at the entrance to the Lommedalen Valley. All the rooms at the old inn have different sizes and characters, and are full of history.

“Our food concept is inspired by the manor house style meals that were served in large Norwegian homes during the latter half of the 1800s,” says Laycock.

“It is like a living museum that will give your occasion a special frame. We organise client entertainment, board dinners,

The meals were prepared using local ingredients that were fresh, preserved or smoked, combined with exotic ingredients

Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Verthuset Bærum Verk

imported from abroad and brought home by sailing ships. “All food is prepared in our own kitchen, and consists only of the best ingredients available, often from local producers.” Lunch hours at the restaurant can be a relaxing and tasty break from hectic everyday life, and for dinner you can chose between 1-6 courses from the à la carte menu. The menu changes according to the seasons and is dominated by game or fowl during the autumn hunting season. Popular dishes include Carpaccio of elk with pepper, served with salad, pine nuts, Eiker cheese and olive oil, as well as the pink roasted fillet of reindeer with chantarelle sauce served with creamed potatoes, carrot purée and whortleberries. The wine list is compiled by the owner to encompass an excellent collection of remarkable wines. Personal and intimate rooms The biggest rooms available are the restaurants in the drawing room and the loft, which can fit up to 25-30 people. The restaurants in the sitting room, and the doctor’s lounge and the maid’s room can host a party for up to 10 people. At the brewery, 6-10 guests may barbeque their own meal in distinctive surroundings. The entire guesthouse may be booked for large parties of over 60 guests. “We can suggest activities that will make your visit special, for example, a horsedrawn carriage ride through the surrounding countryside, a guided tour of the iron works area, or a visit to the glassblower at Egenart.”

Contact for more information and bookings.

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Scan Magazine | Food | Restaurant Miro

Gourmet food served with a smile Restaurant Miró is the oldest gourmet restaurant in Århus still under the same ownership. The recipe for success is great food in a cosy, unpretentious atmosphere. By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Restaurant Miró “The food is high class, but not too advanced. Our guests should be able to recognize and understand what they eat,” Vesterdorf explains.

Since 1990 one of the best dining experiences in Århus has been found on Marstrandsgade, where two decades later owner Toni Leichlte is still sending guests home with broad smiles on their faces every day after their visit to Restaurant Miró. The smiles are not only caused by the gorgeous food, but just as much by the friendly and attentive staff.

“We want our guests to feel relaxed and be able to enjoy themselves. They should not be afraid to ask questions or use the wrong fork,” says the chef, Martin E. Vesterdorf. Food should be understandable This unpretentious approach is also transferred to the menu, which is based on classic French cuisine with an international twist.

Argentinean wines The wines of Argentina come hand in hand with culture and diversity. The expression of the nation’s love for food, wine and tango can be seen in the bold and daring wines currently being produced. Although the country is a recent winemaking phenomenon here in Europe, it has been producing wine for over four hundred years and is currently the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Immigration from Italy and Spain in the latter half of the nineteenth century brought a new flavour to the industry with grapes such as Italy’s Sangiovese and Spain’s Tempranillo being planted by the settlers. It is Malbec, a South West France grape, that dominates the country’s wine scene, accounting for half the total production. Predominating in Mendoza, this rich and dark variety tends to vary in style according to where it is planted, ranging from the most southerly vineyards in the world in Patagonia, to the world’s highest commercial vineyards in Salta. An oasis amidst the

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He likes to mix elements from the new Nordic kitchen with exotic Asian elements on a classic French basis, and he changes the menu every month to ensure a continuous emphasis on the ingredients in season. The result is a six course menu paired with fine wines. “For me the most important thing is that the menu works as a whole to make the guests as happy as possible,” Vesterdorf says. For more information, please visit:

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Scan Magazine | Columns | Humour


By Mette Lisby

Yes. As a matter of fact - this time it probably IS just me... I know I belong to a minority, dangling in the outskirts of society and I appeal to your understanding when I proclaim which minority it is: I belong to the almost non-existing group (see, I told you it was just me!) of people who are not immediately and unconditionally smitten with every dog they meet. There. I said it. That’s the fact. When I meet random dogs, my first reaction is NOT the conventional routine: to squat in front of it and pet it relentlessly while uttering ”Ah’s” and “Oh’s” and sentences like “That’s a good Doggie”. Not that I don’t like dogs. I just have reservations. I know my behavior may come as a total shock to most of you, but please bear in mind where I’m coming from. Not to disclaim responsibility, but it should be said that I grew up with my tough grandmother’s raspy voice constantly yelling: “Cute is NOT enough.” As

helpful a slogan as this might be when it comes to raising girls, because that teaches them the value of actually being good at something, it has considerable disadvantages when it comes to the sociable, accepted norm for anticipated behavior around dogs. Dog owners are always completely puzzled by my lack of enthusiasm when meeting their dogs. Dogs on the other hand seem to take my reservations as a challenge. They immediately start a siege of Jehovah Witnessproportions, stopping short only of distributing prints of the publication “Watchtower”. It never fails. Whenever I come across a dog it insists on clinging to me while casually ignoring everybody else and their usual efforts to pet it. The dog doesn’t care about them. It only has eyes for me, the only one standing untouched by the urge to throw myself into the ex-

Foreign in the UK

Britain is a good place to be Scandinavian. Apart from the odd preconception, such as people assuming that I’m sex-crazed and called Inga (frankly, both easy to live with), it’s my personal belief that the Brits show great tolerance towards strangers. They may shrug and raise an eyebrow at our weird ways, but then they get back to what the British do best, which is just

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pected dog-greeting ritual. I know that you secretly think that I’m cold and heartless. My kind of behavior is frowned upon and it makes me hugely unpopular with everyone. Except, ironically – dogs.

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

getting on with stuff. My (English) friend largely grew up on the road thanks to her peripatetic parents, and so has extensive experience of what it’s like to be foreign in different countries. An entire community in the deep south of the US once ousted her family as Satanist, after they tried to throw a Guy Fawkes party. My family, on the other hand, were warmly embraced by the inhabitants of the Kentish village we settled in. There was the one problem of the yearly Surströmming party. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it’s a Scandinavian summer tradition, where you break into a swollen tin of fermenting herring, then dull your senses with Snaps in order to be able to consume said herring, the smell of which could arguably be classed as a form of chemical warfare. Our neighbours were understandably worried that we might have dug up a decomposing corpse, and apparently continued to do so once a year, until my parents grew too embarrassed to insist on the tradition.

The maypole was another problem. A farmer once caught my mother and me in his field, chopping down his vegetation. Mum simply waved at him, shouting ‘It is for the May-stick!’ like it was the most obvious thing in the world (even though it wasn’t even May). The farmer shrugged, got back into his Land Rover and duly got on with his business. 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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The Scandinavia Show 2010 By The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

“We take pride in being an established facilitator for Anglo-Swedish business and intend to be represented where businesses meet, such as the Scandinavia Show,” says Annika Wahlberg, Managing Director. Running a Chamber today is quite different to how it was done some 104 years ago. “Adapting to new ways of doing business and keeping an innovative and inclusive touch is central in remaining competitive in today’s environment with the growth of social media, online networks and niche business organisations. I would like to think that we represent and contribute to something unique, namely brand Sweden, and all the values that come with it,” she says.

thing Swedish or Scandinavian,” she says. The Scandinavia Show brings together all kinds of companies and industries with a Scandinavian, or Nordic origin or flair. Annika eagerly points out that all national Scandinavian and Nordic brands seem to fare well in international comparisons. “In a recent YouGov poll, Sweden was one of the countries Brits feel most positively about,” Annika says. “Sweden ranked in fifth place in the net positivity ranking, only matched by New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Switzerland.” The other Nordic countries were also ranked relatively high.

“At the Scandinavia Show you will find many of our existing member companies, including the likes of Volvo, Clas Ohlson and the Scandinavian Kitchen, to name but a few, and they all represent something unique, but at the same time some-

“So let us make the most of this positive image when we promote our countries, our brands and our businesses. We will do our best to capitalise on this. I wish all the participants at the first ever Scandinavia Show the best of luck, and my staff and I

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK was founded over a century ago in 1906 and is today one of the largest and most active foreign Chambers in the UK. It is also one of the exhibitors at the Scandinavia Show in October.

Annika Wahlberg

hope to see you all there, we will be at stand no 79.” For more information, please visit:

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Scan Business | Business Profile | Corren Troen

“Good Clean Fun”

By Paul Corren, Partner – Clean Tech Group – Corren Troen Law Firm

In spite of the persistence of wider concerns about the strength and sustainability of the global recovery, the strong flow of investment into cleantech companies has continued apace through 2010.

for clean technology products. The strong growth of multi-national corporate and US utility investment in the first half of 2010 is indicative of the strengthening corporate commitment to renewable energy, solar, bio-fuels, smart grid and other sectors.

One of the key features of this global investment flow has been the willingness of large corporations to participate in growth capital investment rounds. This ‘Corporate’ involvement was evident in the top 10 deals in Q2 of 2010: Inter Capital, GE Capital, Shell, Votorantim (Brazilian conglomerate), Alstom (French Power and Rail Company) and Cargill Ventures all made significant cleantech investments.

The leading sector by amount invested was solar ($811 million), followed by biofuels ($302 million) and smart grid ($256 million). Based on the number of deals alone, Energy Efficiency was the most popular sector with 31 funded deals followed by Solar (26) and biofuels (13).

Corporations have many different roles in cleantech. Any single multi-national could play the role of investor, partner, customer, acquirer or competitor. As such their activity levels are a prime indicator of the health and attitude of the broader market

Danish companies have also been jumping on the bandwagon. GreenWave Reality, a Denmark-based developer of home energy management products raised $11m from Craton Equity Partners and other undisclosed investors. There is now a genuine business case for operational cleantech integration driven

by companies looking to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and mitigate energy price volatility. The new regulatory regime has provided the backbone to this business case. Such integration is not only good business, it is becoming good practice. In times of general market and economic uncertainty the Cleantech drive is a welcome ray of sunshine – well – it’s just good clean fun! Corren Troen regularly host a number of Green Tech events. For more details on these events please contact them on 0207 592 8900.

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Scan Business | Business Profile | Human Entrance

Managing Director Fredrik Bendroth

Human Capital on the move in a globally connected world

By Nia Kajastie | Photo: Human Entrance

While our ways of communication and travel keep on evolving, the world just seems to continue shrinking around us and quickly turning into the so-called “global village”. People can share knowledge in an instant, which also creates completely novel ways of conducting business. You can access so much information from almost anywhere in the world, but even travelling to another country to continue your work from there is no huge obstacle. Flying is exceedingly affordable, safe and easy nowadays, so moving to another country can just be part of a completely natural career progression. But no matter how globalised the world has become, there is a need for cultural awareness, compliance with immigration and national legislation, compliance with national social security and international social security conventions, tax regulations, accommodation, housing, removal and more issues to be addressed when it comes to the mobility of the workforce, and this is where Human Entrance steps in. International mobility is continuously increasing, even though the current credit crisis and recession have made interna-

tional corporations put projects on hold in the short-term. A recent survey and outlook published by PricewaterhouseCoopers concludes an increase within the category of international assignments by 25% over the last decade and indicates a further 50% growth within the same category by 2020. Regarding international assignments and relocations due to international recruitment into the Nordics and outbound from the same region, Human Entrance will most probably be able to come to the same conclusions as the survey referred to. Many major Nordic corporations of today are international organizations with a need for intercultural understanding, mobility of management, international outsourcing of services, manufacturing close to local markets, international projects etc. As an addition to this fact, the international mobility and recruitment of personnel becomes even more important for the “war on competence”. Human Entrance offers a personalized relocation service that sometimes cannot be done by the company’s own HR department without the risk of getting too close and involved in their employees’ personal

lives. With the help of Human Entrance’s dedicated, objective and multi-cultural staff, the relocation process can turn out to be a much smoother overall experience. “With the right support, families will find it easier to settle into a new home, school and community, making it effortless for the employee in question to integrate into his/her new position abroad. The productivity of the employee will be enhanced accordingly, as their transitional period gets shorter,” explains Fredrik Bendroth, MD of Human Entrance. Consequently, Human Entrance has been able to work with clients from large European corporations spread over 85 countries as well as Fortune 500 companies that have been in need of relocation assistance in The Nordics or world-wide. The cultural expertise and awareness of their dedicated staff enhances the personalised service that can offer thorough guidance in any aspect of an employee’s immigration procedure. For more information, please visit:

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Mr. Private Banking in Luxembourg By Alexander Højfeldt Lund | Photos: Nordea

The combination of growth and stability are keywords for the most experienced CEO of Nordic subsidiary banks in Luxembourg and Switzerland, Nordea’s Jhon Mortensen. They are keywords for his focus on clients, the development in Nordea Luxembourg S.A. and for his own career. Jhon Mortensen’s enthusiasm for his profession, his clients and his bank is evident. For almost 20 years he has been the CEO of Nordea’s Luxembourg-based subsidiary bank with private banking as its core business. He represents an unusual degree of continuity among the CEO’s of international private banking arms in Luxembourg and Switzerland – and for a reason. “In private banking we have the most in-

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teresting clients in the financial services sector – clients who have experienced and still experience and accomplish a lot,” says Jhon Mortensen. Jhon Mortensen is a man who knows his clients’ situation. For 26 years he has been a Danish expatriate himself. “But when we came to Luxembourg after postings in Singapore and London, my wife declared that it was the end of our nomadic life – now the children were to attend school in one country only. And that is how it turned out,” says Jhon Mortensen. Growth for Nordea During the past 20 years, private banking has undergone an exciting development in

a changing environment with increasing demands on Nordea. “The past two decades have been an extremely exciting time, but also a period where clients have put increasingly greater demands on us. They have become more knowledgeable about and interested in, for instance, risk management and market trends. Fortunately, I would say, because with these increasing demands, it has become even more fascinating to be a private banker.” “Higher client demands imply that in order to be successful as a bank, you have to choose to be either small, or highly specialised within a specific niche. Alternatively, you need to have sufficient size and muscle to be able to deliver a broader

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supply of highly qualified advice and the right products on an international scale that suit the clients’ numerous requirements and needs,” says Jhon Mortensen. At Nordea the choice has been to focus on growth. During the past 20 years, the subsidiary bank in Luxembourg and Switzerland has grown from employing a staff of 50 to a staff of 400. At the same time Nordea has become much larger and stronger in the Nordic countries. “Here at Nordea Bank Luxembourg S.A. assets under management have multiplied 20 fold in as many years, and now account for 16 billion Euros. That makes Nordea the largest Nordic bank based in Luxembourg. The subsidiary bank today serves Nordic expatriates around the world as well as a growing group of international clients,” says Jhon Mortensen. Bank secrecy is disappearing People increasingly move from one country to another and this increases the need for bank advice outside the home countries. The need for qualified advice on international tax rules, inheritance and the like is growing rapidly. Concurrently, bank secrecy is disappearing due to new rules and regulations. “At Nordea we offer comprehensive advice in these fields as part of our core competencies. In addition, we have – probably as one of very few – invested substantial amounts in IT systems. This enables us to offer customers detailed assistance in connection with tax reporting tailored to the relevant country’s specific requirements. However, there is little doubt that bank secrecy is on its way out in the Western world. No matter if you have an account in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Singapore or elsewhere. Although these jurisdictions will probably continue to maintain a higher degree of confidentiality,” Jhon Mortensen says. Strengthened through the financial crisis The financial crisis has affected the reputation of the entire banking sector, and Jhon Mortensen points out that this is the

worst crisis he has experienced in his career. “Nordea has outperformed nearly all other banks throughout the financial crisis and actually expanded during the crisis by attracting new competent employees and investing in new systems for the benefit of our customers. However, being part of the banking sector, we still have to make an extra effort to keep customer confidence intact.” Nordea then is currently in a far better position than many of its peers. In a global survey, international rating agency Standard & Poor’s placed the Nordea Group as the fourth strongest bank in terms of its financial power and credit quality.

“First and foremost we stick to our absolutely core principle: Respect for our customers. We would like customers to still be with us in 20 years – and we would also like to welcome their children to the Nordea fold. So we do not go for any clever short-term solutions. It is important for us to have experienced and competent advisers. They are supported by specialists with the right competencies and by the requisite systems to ensure that customers receive the best possible service and advice. This may sound very simple – perhaps even commonplace – but what really matters is doing it and, not least, keep doing it,” says Jhon Mortensen.

“It is reassuring that it has not been necessary for the Nordea Group to accept any of the national rescue packages. On the contrary, during the worst months of the financial crisis we were able to carry out a successful share issue that further strengthened our capital base,” says Jhon Mortensen Respecting customers Nordea is the largest Nordic bank in Luxembourg and Switzerland and aims to keep a high service level to the benefit of its customers. Jhon Mortensen

Jhon Mortensen. 58, born in Jutland, Msc (Econ) from Århus University. At Nordea since 1979 – then SDS. Danish expatriate since 1984. 1984: Assigned to London Interstate Bank in 1984 (partly owned by SDS).

In addition to being the CEO of Nordea in Luxembourg and Switzerland, Jhon Mortensen is a member of the Nordea Group’s management team for the business areas Shipping, Private Banking & Savings Products. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association.

1987: Head of Singapore Branch. 1990: Assigned to the subsidiary bank in Luxembourg.

Personal life: Married to Lene, two children.

1991: CEO of the subsidiary bank in Luxembourg, Nordea Bank S.A.

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Tax returns – the cost of getting it wrong By Helena Whitmore, McGuireWoods London LLP | Photo: Yiannis Katsaris

More information than ever can be accessed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), including details of income from other countries and balances held on overseas accounts. Where HMRC find that tax has been underpaid, they will take action to collect that tax together with interest and often penalties on top. Under the personal self-assessment tax system, the normal time limit for HMRC to start a compliance check into a return will be 12 months from the date the return was submitted, assuming that it was submitted on time. However, that time limit is extended so that HMRC can issue assessments going back six years or even 20 years in certain situations, depending on the behaviour of the taxpayer. In the worst case scenario, a taxpayer may be faced with a tax bill to collect 20 years’ worth of tax along with interest and a penalty of up to 100% on top. The six year extended time limit applies where there has been an under-assessment or over-repayment of tax as a consequence of a taxpayer’s careless behaviour. The 20-year time limit applies if the taxpayer’s failure to comply with the rules has been deliberate. In their Compliance Handbook, HMRC give various examples of what constitutes careless behaviour, such as for example haphazard recordkeeping or failing to take advice when something was unclear. A deliberate failure is when the taxpayer knowingly and intentionally gives HMRC inaccurate information or fails to comply with the rules. HMRC are able to charge a variety of penalties, ranging from late filing penalties and penalties for the failure to notify chargeability to tax, to penalties where it is found that the taxpayer has not completed a correct return. The penalty system has changed to a more behaviour based sys-

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tem over the last few years. At the conclusion of any enquiry or compliance check by HMRC, they will consider charging a penalty if additional tax is due. With effect from tax year 2008/09, the system means that no penalty should be due if the taxpayer took reasonable care to get things right, but still made an error. On the other hand, if an error is found to have been careless, or deliberate, or both deliberate and concealed, a sliding scale of penalties will apply. The level of the penalty can be mitigated, based on whether or not the taxpayer made an unprompted disclosure before HMRC found out about the error, and the level of co-operation given by the taxpayer to HMRC. There are six ranges of penalties, so that for example if the taxpayer made a careless error followed by an unprompted disclosure to HMRC, the penalty will range from 0% to 30% of the additional tax due. If the same facts apply but the disclosure had been prompted by HMRC, the penalty would range from 15% to 30%. At the opposite end of the scale, if the error is deliberate and concealed, and the adjustment has been prompted by HMRC, the penalty will range from 50% to 100% of the tax, depending on the level of co-operation then given by the taxpayer in the process. In order to protect themselves from penalties, taxpayers need to be able to show that they have taken reasonable care to get things right. Although HMRC agree that what is a reasonable level of care depends on the person (so that a self-employed unrepresented individual will have a lower expected level than an accountant), HMRC will expect taxpayers to ask for help if there is something they don’t understand or should have realised may be complex. It is also essential to address and correct any errors as soon as they are discovered as otherwise the level of penalty could increase.

Further information is available on HMRC’s website, 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

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Welcome to a destination in touch with, if not leading, many of today’s important topics: climate change, renewable energy, sustainable living, social and welfare issues, etc. Denmark, and its capital Copenhagen, is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for international businesses and bodies, governments and NGOs to hold their important meetings, conferences and congresses with an assured high Return On meeting Investment (ROmI). Only recently ICCA, the International Congress & Convention Association, underlined Copenhagen’s, and Denmark’s, position as one of the world’s most appealing congress destinations: Copenhagen now ranks as the 6th most popular city and Denmark as the 18th most popular country for staging international congresses worldwide – and its SO easy getting there too…! Denmark has excellent transport links by air, road, sea and rail with outstanding

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international services. A flight from the UK to Denmark is less than two hours long whether you choose direct air services to Copenhagen, Aalborg, Århus or Billund. Copenhagen itself has more than 20,000 hotel rooms spanning top-class, five-star hotels with state-of-the-art facilities to budget-priced contemporary designed hotels and hostels – and these days an impressive 51% of them are officially categorized as environmentally-friendly too. Repeatedly voted the “Happiest People in the World”, open-mindedness, hospitality and professionalism pervade every aspect of organising business events in Denmark. With the Danes’ expertise in running business events you can be certain that in Denmark bespoke business events provide excellent value for money. Everywhere you go, and not just Copenhagen, you will find an air of excitement and meet creative, Danish “Meetovators”

who might even dare you to turn your next business event on its head with the revolutionary Danish “Meetovation” concept. As for new developments, the brand new Tivoli Congress Centre opens its doors to the public this October, and the Bella Centre - the largest conference centre in Scandinavia - starts welcoming guests to the new Bella Sky Hotel in early 2011. In short, Denmark is an inspirational mix of the exceptional and unusual, of great charm and diversity, of superb infrastructure and relaxed efficiency. This destination has the space, place and ideas. So to make your next meeting, conference or congress unforgettable for all the right reasons - choose Denmark.

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Business & Bricks By Yane Christensen | Photos: Hotel Legoland®

Hotel Legoland® offers a unique conference centre, where the legendary Lego® brick plays a starring role in the centre's holistic approach. The Hotel Legoland® conference centre can cater for any corporate event, from small presentations to large conferences. The centre offers 32 flexible meeting rooms, two auditoriums seating 60 and 300 people respectively and a 1,800m2 'Multi House' suitable for large events for up to 1,000 people. All meeting rooms have the latest technical facilities, including free wireless internet and state-ofthe-art audio-visual equipment. But what really makes Hotel Legoland® conference centre unique are the Business and Bricks workshops: They are based on 'intelligent play' where the Lego® brick becomes, not so much a toy, but a tool to help improve team building, communication, creativity, vision or motivation. The workshops can be tailor-made to suit your company's requirements and just as with the Lego® bricks, the combinations are endless.

An example of a workshop is 'Common Course' where groups of participants have to build separate parts of a ship, then combine the parts and launch the ship. The ship symbolises togetherness, common values and the will to move forward. Another workshop is 'Build an Elephant' where a team leader will build a 10cm tall elephant and then instruct his/her team to recreate the elephant in a much larger version without them looking at the smaller elephant. This is an excellent exercise in communication. There are also some exciting opportunities for corporate dinners and entertainment, such as 'Kongeborgen' (The King's Castle) where an authentic Danish medieval dinner is served in front of a roaring fire while a court jester entertains, or 'Atlantis' where a gourmet dinner is enjoyed in front of large aquariums filled with prowling sharks. There is also plenty of opportunity for recreational pursuits, including swimming and fitness. And of course, Denmark's biggest playground is right in the back garden.

The four-star, 199 room Legoland® Hotel is situated just 2 miles from Denmark's second biggest airport, Billund, which has around 5 daily flights to London, some low-cost. So, with the flight time from London being just 1 hour and 20 minutes, there is no reason why your next corporate event should not be in Hotel Legoland®.

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By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Sinatur Hotels

- A green, responsible & hospitable chain of conference hotels

Gl. Avernæs

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The six Sinatur Conference Hotels are dotted across Denmark like a big smile, with each distinctive establishment surrounded by beautiful nature and scenic views. The Sinatur chain was established in 2007, when the advantages of sharing a customer base became apparent to the owner of the previously separately run hotels. Today the Sinatur concept stands for sustainability, proximity to nature, healthy food, modern conference facilities and hospitable service. The Sinatur Conference Hotel chain comprises Skarrildhus, Hotel Haraldskær, Hotel Sixtus, Gl. Avernæs, Hotel Storebælt and Hotel Frederiksdal. Skarrildhus is an old, striking mansion-like building situated in western Jutland. Casle-like Haraldskær is located a little more to the east nestled between the hills and valleys of Vejle Å River. Sixtus, on the other hand, is a slightly smaller hotel located by the waterfront in Middelfart on the island of Fyn. In Southern Fyn lies Gl. Avernæs (also known as “the castle”) with its cosy interiors decorated with pictures painted by local artists. Hotel Storebælt and Frederiksdal are both more modern in the style of their architecture and design. Storebælt is set near the Great Belt Bridge and includes a new building by the waterfront as well as a new restaurant,

while Frederiksdal is located close to Copenhagen. Green & friendly Each of the six hotels is exceptional in its own special way, but they all adhere to the same Sinatur ideals of green living, sustainability and nutritious, healthy food. “Sinatur has agreed upon a sustainability target with Elsparefonden (The Danish Energy Saving Trust). The target is to reduce the CO2-emission by 25 % and the consumption of electricity by 15 % before the end of the year 2012,” explains Managing Director Birgitte Wæd. The gastronomic profile of the hotels also focuses on homemade, locally and ecologically produced food for their guests. The well-being factor of their conference customers is also key to the Sinatur concept. However, instead of pampering massages and manicures, the hotels offer activities and relaxation in the surrounding nature. “We don’t believe in spa and mud masks,” Birgitte Wæde says. Equally important is the ambience of the hotels, which is always welcoming and homely thanks to the service-minded managers and staff. For more information, please visit:





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Sørup Herregaard – A home away from home By:Emelie Krugly | Photos: Sørup Herregaard

For a city break or conference set in peaceful rural Denmark, why not try the four-star Sørup Herregaard hotel surrounded by a magnificent park, forest and lakes. The hotel and conference centre is situated at the heart of Sealand, an hour’s drive from Copenhagen’s International Airport, Kastrup. On arrival in the nearby town of Ringsted, a taxi will drive you 8 kilometres to this wonderfully historical and rural manor house. Business owner Jane Strange, with more than 27 years of experience in the industry, took over the manor six years ago. She moulded the business into something completely different, changing the décor to classic modern Scandinavian, yet held on to a few antique elements.

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“It’s very charming, not a grand palace, but a hotel where you can relax and feel at home. The location is simply beautiful where one can truly enjoy stunning surroundings,” she says. “For me this is the best job I have had; I look forward to working every day with a great team and meeting wonderful people from all over the world.” The hotel has 102 rooms all with private en suite bathrooms, TVs and mini bars. The restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace are situated within the main building, where there are views over the lake and moat. The food is hearty and simple; classic Danish cuisine and international favourites are all cooked using local produce. “We get a lot of compliments for our food. I can warmly recommend the fish and the

dishes of the day,” Strange says. The hotel also offers billiards, air hockey, football and darts; other facilities include a large indoor swimming pool, a children’s pool with salt water facilities, sauna and sun beds. Also available are an outdoor tennis court, and jogging and walking routes within the territories. In Ringsted there is an amusement park for the children and a giant outlet store where you can hunt for bargains. There is free wireless and fixed Internet in all rooms. Sørup Herregaard hotel and conference centre is open all year around.

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Hotel Nysted Havn – A dream come true By Stine Daugaard | Photos: Hotel Nysted Havn

Close to Rødby on the idyllic southern coast of Denmark, a small gem of a hotel is to be found. When Hotel Nysted Havn opened its doors for business three years ago, it was a dream come true.

The size of the hotel makes it perfect for arranging meetings and conferences with a twist.

“My father built the hotel himself. He had always dreamt about owning a hotel,” says Heidi Vestergaard, who helps run the establishment.

”Our size makes it possible to arrange something unique, where you have the entire hotel at your disposal,” explains Vestergaard.

The hotel is built in a former police station and customs house and is placed right on the harbour in a small, cosy town, which is situated approximately 20 kilometres east of Rødby on Lolland and 160 kilometres from Copenhagen.

Enjoy nature Guests who choose the hotel for a minibreak can look forward to relaxing in the cosy atmosphere, going for hikes on the many trails close to the hotel and enjoying nature.

Meetings with a twist “Guests often call in advance to make sure to have a room with a sea view – but that is all we have,” Vestergaard says with a

grin, as all 11 rooms of the hotel enjoy an unspoilt view of the bay.

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Saltoftehus – a conference centre with a green twist By Yane Christensen | Photos: Saltoftehus

Saltoftehus is a four-star conference centre situated in the picturesque countryside of West Sjælland (Zealand), just one hour from Copenhagen. On arrival, you might think you have taken a step back in time, but this place is completely up-to-date when it comes to both technical facilities and environmental issues.

buildings - the former storeroom and stable are now meeting rooms with all the latest technical facilities, including 100Mbit wireless internet. This superfast internet can be found throughout the estate, so when you are roaming the woods, you are never cut off from the rest of the world. The conference centre is run by Birgitte Boserup, who is highly experienced in organising conferences worldwide. In conjunction with event organising agencies, she can tailor-make any event. Events (and technical equipment) can be moved outdoors, thus adding a very large meeting room to the facilities. In a recent team building event, 100 participants built and lived in bivouacs in the woods.

Saltoftehus offers several meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 80 people. They are cleverly converted from the historic farm

Saltoftehus is a conference centre with a conscience. It is on a mission to become

CO2 neutral and is saving energy, for example by generating heat from straw grown on the estate. Water is supplied by the estate’s own water works, and food is locally sourced and, when possible, seasonal. The 20 newly decorated rooms are all furnished with Danish furniture and have wooden floors throughout, made from trees grown on the estate. This emphasis on environmentally sound issues has recently resulted in Saltoftehus being awarded the Green Key status. Saltoftehus appeals to clients who care about the environment, who expect certain standards and want something extra - with a green twist. For more information, please visit:

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Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce

DUCC corporate members can apply to become a ‘dragon’ for the morning’s dry run, where you will have the opportunity to test the firms making their pitches. The morning session will also provide a unique chance to both meet and interact

event, please do not hesitate to contact DUCC’s Managing Director, Gunnar P. Larsen. EVENTS OCTOBER 2010 Photo: Magnus Arrevad

On 28 October 2010, the DUCC is again co-hosting DBAL – Danish Business Angels in London. This forum is primarily for Danish Business Angels but also indeed Business Angels (BAs) and Venture Capitalists (VCs) in the UK with an interest in Danish ventures. The events are organised four times a year in cooperation with the Royal Danish Embassy in the UK and Keystones from Denmark. Focus is on either IT or Cleantech and, on 28 October, the event will revolve around the IT sector. Are you a DUCC Member but not a Business Angel?

with these Danish companies, giving your views as to how they present themselves, whilst getting an exclusive insight into the latest technologies from Denmark. There will be an overlapping lunch buffet with the afternoon’s attendees.

6 Oct

DUCC Advisory Board Dinner, Residence of HE The Ambassador of Denmark 12 Oct Understanding the UK Bribery Act 2010: The Nordic Perspective, McGuireWoods 28 Oct DBAL – Danish Business Angels in London, Royal Danish Embassy, London 28 Oct Nordic Thursday Drinks, Radisson BLU Portman Hotel, London

The afternoon seminar is strictly for BAs and VCs. If you are interested and would like to receive an invitation for the next

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Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce Are you ready for autumn? Here at the NBCC we certainly are! Over the coming weeks we have some great networking and learning opportunities lined up for all of our members. We want you to come away from our events feeling enriched, not only with new business contacts, but also learning experiences. If we can give you those “a-ha” moments where you gain a whole new perspective on a certain topic, then we have done our job. Pippa Evans, recently appointed Managing Director of Statoil UK, is a person it is easy to feel inspired by: join us

on 19 October to hear her speak at our event with the Royal London Group! On 1 November we have another treat in store for our members, when we arrange a joint Nordic event which focuses on “Successful Branding and Communication”. During this event, representatives from Ad Creative, Vizrt and Norseland will share their inside knowledge, cool technology and hard earned market experience with you. 11 November is also another date for your diary: “Taste & Travel Norway and Scotland” – Mini Exhibition and Networking event in Aberdeen. This is mainly for the food and travel industries, but we welcome members and associates from other sectors. Visit our website for more information!

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12 Nov NBCC EVENTS CALENDAR- LONDON 19 Oct Event with Royal London Group. Speakers: Pippa Evans, Manag-

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ing Director Statoil and John Deane, Chief Executive, Intermediary Division, Royal London Group. Venue: Statoil Nordic Thursday Drinks, Radisson BLU Portman Hotel Joint Nordic event: Successful Branding and Communication; Speakers from AD Creative, Vizrt, Norseland/Tine; Venue: Radisson BLU Portman Hotel NBCC at Craven Cottage: Fulham FC vs. Aston Villa “Taste & Travel Norway and Scotland” – Mini Exhibition and Networking event hosted by Skene House HotelSuites Joint Nordic Young Professionals Party at Boujis Nordic Thursday Drinks, Scandinavian Kitchen

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The Chamber opened a new Chapter in north-east England earlier this summer to further strengthen its ties across the country. It is already represented in Birmingham, Manchester and Immingham, and is now launching its activities with a trade seminar in Newcastle on 7 October. The seminar will discuss internationalism and technology, areas of great interest both to the north east of England and Sweden. On the topic of technology, Michael Treschow, Chairman of Ericsson, Unilever and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise addressed members of the Chamber at a Members’ Luncheon in September. Treschow, one of Scandinavia’s most influential businessmen, spoke on the topic of “Why is Sweden performing better than the rest of the European countries in these turbulent times?”

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Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

Michael Treschow

This autumn the Chamber will continue to develop its events series, in particular “Next Generation” focusing on the gaming and marketing industries; “Get to know your country” with vodka tasting; the introduction of the “Financial Focus” series; and Jan-Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab, as keynote speaker at the “Industrial Forum”. It is going to be a busy autumn.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 and has around 400 Member companies, representing not only Swedish companies but also British and European companies interested in strengthening their existing ties with Sweden and the UK or expanding to new markets. UPCOMING EVENTS 7 Oct

Anglo-Swedish Trade Seminar in Newcastle 9 Oct The Swedish Chamber at the Scandinavia Show 9 Oct JCC & McGuireWoods Golf 12 Oc Masterclass: Success Made Simple 18 Oct The Annual Patrons’ Dinner 20 Oct JCC Company Visit to Bloomberg 21 Oct Reception at Saab City More events will be listed on

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Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce Best news first, FBCC’s new long-awaited website has finally been launched! The new homepage has been designed so that all our members, from Patron companies to Juniors, will find it beneficial and interesting. Among other things, you are able to keep up with events, read FBCC and our members’ news as well as the latest issues of Finn-Niche magazines. On our Forum page we invite our Members to discuss and share ideas and experiences, and we are also pleased to be able to display an increasing number of Member Offers. Please have a look at and let us know what you think! We have had a very busy September at the FBCC with the Joint Nordic Events ‘Europe and the Sovereign Debt Crisis’ and ‘Vision for Europe’ with Björn Wahlroos. We also had a joint event with

legislation of its kind anywhere in the world. If your organisation is incorporated in the UK, does business in the UK, is otherwise connected with the UK or if you are a British citizen or ordinarily resident in the UK, this is the seminar that you cannot afford (literally) to miss! UPCOMING EVENTS

the British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, a Private Viewing at the ÖÖ Was it a Dream exhibition, and the monthly Nordic networking drinks. In October, we are very much looking forward to the joint event ‘Understanding the UK Bribery Act – Nordic perspective’ with McGuireWoods. The UK Bribery Act is coming into force in April 2011 and is the most far-reaching

12 Oct Understanding the UK Bribery Act 2010: The Nordic Perspective 28 Oct Nordic Networking Drinks at Radisson BLU 1 Nov Joint Nordic Event: Successful Branding and Communication 11 Nov Economic Outlook with Geoffrey Dicks, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) 12 Nov Joint Nordic YP Party at Boujis

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Nordic Depths It is not often that one sees an exhibition devoted exclusively to Nordic artists in London. Yet at the end of October, four young contemporary artists will have their work exhibited at the dynamic MEWS42 gallery in South Kensington in an exhibition entitled ‘Nordic Depths’. A wide spectrum of Scandinavia is represented with the artists hailing from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. All the artists have received considerable acclaim in their native countries and are now establishing a name for themselves in the UK. Danish photographer, Elisabeth Molin is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and had her work selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition this year. Through her photographic art, Molin seeks to explore alternative realities; the viewer is invited to consider living with her favourite modelthe skeleton, Jockum. Alexander Gough had a solo exhibition in London last year and now looks forward to exhibiting his work together with other Nordic artists. Gough’s works are unquestionably

By Christina Sanderson | Photos: Nordic Depths

Finnish Lapland, © Alexander Gough

Scandinavian in feel - the Anglo-Finn regularly travels to Finnish Lapland to seek inspiration for his work; his vibrant blue canvases exquisitely evoke the extraordinary light of the Finnish forests. Gough states: “My Scandinavian heritage influences my work deeply, drawing on my excursions into the forests of Finnish Lapland in midwinter. These experiences are haunting and take me to a dreamy place of being... the place of one’s memories.” The sculptures of Norwegian Peter Esdaile are influenced by ancient Norse culture: Esdaile has transposed ancient tales of conflict into striking sculptures made from carbon fibre, computer chips and timber. Swedish artist, Bruno Ekeroth Campos de Almeida is a highly skilled romantic realist portraitist whose work

Insects, © Bruno Ekeroth de Almeida

is, in part, inspired by historical British portrait painters. “Portraiture has always had a strong tradition in Britain and art exhibitions in London have been a source of inspiration for me, so to be a part of a London exhibition is very gratifying.” Nordic Depths seeks to achieve a sensorial explosion. The artists have contributed works to an exhibition which seeks to provoke and inspire the viewer, bringing the sublime northern sensibility to the heart of London.

Nordic Depths runs from 28 to 31 October. MEWS42 gallery, 42, Princes Gate Mews, London SW7 is open for viewing between 11.00am and 6.00pm. For further information contact Christina Sanderson,

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Chilling Icelandic crime fiction: Arnaldur IndriÐason Scandinavian literature is on the rise as this autumn sees the release of several highly anticipated books. It seems that Stieg Larsson has paved the way for Scandinavian authors following the success of his Millennium trilogy, and his colleagues do not disappoint in delivering highly intense crime fiction set in the shivering cold and inhospitable surroundings of the North. From Iceland, award-winning Arnaldur Indriðason has become a name to watch with his Reykjavik Murder Series. In October, the latest edition to the series, Hypothermia, is due for release alongside his new novel, Operation Napoleon. The Reykjavik Murder Series, following detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli,

is Indriðason’s most popular work and is found on bestseller lists across Europe. Described as “one of the most haunting crime novels” by The Sunday Times, Hypothermia is Indriðason’s most compelling novel yet. This time, Erlendur, haunted by past unsolved mysteries, including his own brother’s disappearance, sets off to investigate a suicide case where nothing is as it seems.

Scandinavian Music Swedish pop legends Ace of Base returned with a new album in late S e p t e m b e r. They haven’t dominated the charts since their considerable heyday in the 90s, but now that said decade is very much back in fashion (Lady GaGa’s Alejandro certainly owes a huge debt to the group) it makes sense for them to return. Cleverly, they’ve gone right back to their 90s sound, and their new album The Golden Ratio is full of summery, faux-reggae and irresistibly catchy pop tunes. Lead

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single All For You is a favourite, but also check out Doreen and One Day. UK fans will have to wait until early 2011 for the album, but it is already available in Scandinavia and mainland Europe. One of the most successful Norwegian singers of the last decade is also on the comeback trail. Marion Raven became famous as a member of pop group M2M, and then graduated to solo success with the help of Max Martin-penned monsters such as Here I Am. Her new single Flesh & Bone is her first since leaving her previous record label and going down the independent route. But it’s still very much pop – with heavy guitars, epic strings and bold synths thrown into the mix. You should definitely check it out, if you like your pop to have meaty production coupled with angst ridden vocals.

The second publication, Operation Napoleon, is Indriðason’s latest novel set during WW2. In 1945, a German bomber crashes on the Vatnajökull glacier with both German and American officers on board. Some 54 years later, the US Army is secretively removing the plane from the glacier, claiming the lives of two young Icelandic men in the process. Kristin, the sister of one of the men, vows to find out the truth about her brother’s death, but at the same time, she will uncover the truth about the plane crash and Operation Napoleon. At present Indriðason is the most popular crime writer in Iceland. Will he manage to grab the English audience as well? Read for yourself.

By Karl Batterbee

Finally, everyone’s favourite high-priestess-pixie-of-pop Björk is back with some new music. And it’s especially for another much loved icon of the Nordics – The Moomins! She has contributed The Comet Song for the soundtrack of the new Moomins movie. It’s up for streaming now on YouTube (like all the songs mentioned above). Unfortunately though, she hasn’t broken with the tradition of her last two albums – and an actual melody is nowhere to be heard. Instead it’s a lot of industrial noise and nonsensical mumblings. Nevertheless, it has gone down quite well with her fan base. But I do miss the songbird of yesteryear that she used to be.

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Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here!

Photo: Cathrine Wessel

Sivert Høyem on UK tour (Oct) Norwegian singer Sivert Høyem will be touring the UK in October. He is the former frontman of the Norwegian rock band Madrugada which split up following the tragic death of guitarist Robert Burås in 2007. For more info and tour dates visit

Celesty and Kiuas on UK tour (Oct) Finnish heavy metal bands Celesty and Kiuas will tour the UK in October together with Estonian Metsatöll. For more info and tour dates visit and HEL YES! Design and food from Helsinki (Until 3 Oct) The Finnish Institute in London is hosting HEL YES! as part of London Design Festival 2010. HEL YES! is a restaurant and exhibition showcasing the best of Finnish food and design. London Newcastle Depot, 1-3 Wenlock Road, London N1 7SL. Pernille Leggat Ramfelt (Until 17 Oct) Norwegian artist Pernille Leggat Ramfelt and fellow artist Richard Bevan will be showcasing their book POC at ROOM Art Space this month as part of the exhibition Collaborators 2. ROOM, 31 Waterson Street, London, E2 8HT. Nordic Brights Exhibition (Until 21 Nov) Art textiles, paper and metal construc-

tions by Finnish textile artists Riitta-Liisa Haavisto and her daughter Anna-Riitta Haavisto will be exhibited at the Robert Phillips Gallery in Walton-on-Thames. The exhibition is in memory of Riitta-Liisa who passed away suddenly last year. The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12. City States featuring Nordic Pavillion (Until 28 Nov) City States is a collaboration between Novas Scarman Contemporary Urban Centre Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial for the 2010 Biennial festival. City States consists of six international exhibitions and focuses on life in cities around the world. Contemporary Urban Centre, 41-51 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1. Antti Laitinen (Until 28 Nov) Finnish artist Antti Laitinen’s work is exhibited at A Foundation in Liverpool. Laitinen is trying to stage mythologies and erase the boundary between success and failure by using idioms of performance, video and photography. A Foundation, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1. Magical Moomin Valley Exhibition (Until 15 Jan) This autumn Bury Art Gallery is recreating the feeling of visiting Finnish illustrator and author Tove Jansson’s magical Moomin Valley. Jansson’s drawings will be shown as well as a collection of rare examples of her illustrations published in Finnish daily newspapers. Bury Art Gallery, Museum + Archives, Moss Street, Bury BL9. Leif Segerstam conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra (10 Oct) An afternoon of music with Finnish conductor and composer Leif Segerstam, German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott

and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London SE1. Soile Isokoski and Marita Viitasalo (11 Oct) Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski and pianist Marita Viitasalo will perform music by, among others, Schumann, Toivo Kuula and Henri Duparc. Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1. Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra (13 Oct) Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä and the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perfom a diverse programme of works by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, Walton and Mendelssohn. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1. Photo: © Patrick Harrison


Kari Kriikku (22 Oct) The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 80th birthday with a concert conducted by David Robertson, who is joined by Finnish virtuoso clarinettist Kari Kriikku and percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox (O Duo). Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2. Fabian Edelstam at Gallery Envie D’Art (23 Oct) Swedish Artist Fabian Edelstam is holding a solo exhibiton at Gallery Envie D’Art in London. 16 Victoria Grove, London W8 5RW.

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