Posts by Xander Brett

In Conversation: Actress and Model Karin Agstam on Brasserie Saint Marc

A star of Doomsday, Sex and the City and Men in Black 3, actress and model Karin Agstam grew up in northern Sweden. She’s made the Big Apple home, and

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In Conversation: Alison Allfrey – Author of ‘So Sweden: Living Differently’

Riding the wave of Scandi fascination, there’s been a growing output of books about living in Scandinavia recently. One author to share her time in Sweden is Alison Allfrey, a

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In Conversation: Fia Gulliksson – Swedish Restaurateur, Radio Host, Entrepreneur

“Did you know there are over eight thousand types of potato?” Fia Gulliksson asks me as she brings my coffee. I didn’t. Gulliksson describes herself as a ‘passionate potato’: down

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In Conversation: Benjamin Mitrofan-Norris on Bringing Finland to Bristol via The Nordic Café

With Nordic culture becoming a source of inspiration worldwide, there’s no shortage of Nordic inspired shops, buildings and restaurants. We sat down with Benjamin Mitrofan-Norris, who runs The Nordic Café, a

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In Conversation: Jon Stenhugg on Growing Up in Paradise (Literally) and Sweden Calling

Jon Stenhugg has been hailed a pillar of modern Swedish literature. He’s sold thousands of copies of his two novels – The Second Child (2005) and The Magdalena File (2017) –

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In Conversation: Linda Dahl Discusses the Swedish Tradition of ‘Fika’

Fika has taken off in the UK recently. The Swedish tradition of taking time out to sit down with a cup of coffee and something sweet is well-established in Nordic

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In Conversation: Moa Herngren, Creator of ‘Bonus Family’

Following the fall-out of two divorces, and the subsequent merging of families, Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen) is the closest Sweden has come to a soap opera. It ran for three series and

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Film Review: Midsommar – Horror in Broad Daylight

The horror of Midsommar is at the expense of the Swedish tourist board. Not only was the film shot in Hungary, but its reimagining of Sweden’s summer festivities left gullible Americans concerned

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Film Review: ‘Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love’ – Cohen and His Norwegian Muse

Tall, deep-voiced and irresistibly handsome: the enigma of Leonard Cohen has faded little since his death in 2016. He was the poet turned singer that made depression sexy. Walking in

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Top Five Scandinavian Comedy Series Available in the UK

It might be just ‘Nordic noir’ that’s made it to international audiences so far, but Nordic comedy is beginning to emerge too. Let’s round up some of the best series

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