Nordic arts and culture

The Nordic countries are rich in music, film, literature, art and pioneers of modern design. International interest in Nordic arts and culture has been growing steadily.

Today this is attracting a growing international market of people interested in art and cultural subjects and who want to experience the Nordic design, arts and culture attractions.

There are strong similarities between the countries in the Nordic region, best seen in design and architecture and an overall "feel" for visual expression, and focus on simplicity with clean lines and the use of natural materials. It is because the histories of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland have been so intertwined through the centuries. There is a cultural heritage that complements the modern look.


Denmark`s cultural heritage

Denmark has a rich cultural history finds expression in Viking treasures, numerous castles, churches and manor houses. Many of those are back from the Middle Ages. The country also has a long literary tradition, and the most well known are the fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. 

H. C. Andersen is probably the most widely read Danish writer, and the most famous children's tales include "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor`s New Clothes" and "The Princess and the Pea", which have been sources for films, ballets, plays and visual arts.

In the 20th century, the author Karen Blixen gained international recognition for her book "Out of Africa", which became a Hollywood movie in 1985, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. 

In the last decade tv-series as "The Killing" and "Borgen" and "The Legacy`s" have become famous worldwide and good branding of Denmark.


Danish Design is renowned for its elegance

Danish design is not just limited to museums and galleries. It can be found everywhere as in restaurants, hotels and in private Danish homes and many Danes have a designer lamp of furniture, and you can find many things like salad sets, candle holders and salt and pepper grinders, also used for presents, with a beautiful design, because Danish-designed products are meant to be used. Of famous brands, we can mention Royal Copenhagen and Erik Bagger design.

Bang & Olufsen are also praised worldwide for their visually striking sound systems and can be found in many Danish homes.

Norway`s cultural heritage

Norway has 28 ancient stave churches which represent some of the best examples of Norwegian artistic production. The design motifs in the churches are from the Viking period as tendrils and dragons.

Two of the churches are on the UNESCO heritage list in Norway, and this is Urnes and the Heddal stave church in Telemark.

Film, literature and art

Perhaps you also have heard of Thor Heyerdahl and his three-month-long expedition on the boat Kon-Tiki in 1947. In 2012 a movie about his expedition got an Oscar Nominee Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.

Some of the best know authors are Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). He wrote many plays based on Norwegian folklore. One of his works is "Per Gynt" (1867) to which another Norwegian, the composer Edvard Grieg made beautiful music.

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is one of Norway`s most reproduced artists and has his own museum in Oslo and an entire floor in the National Gallery. His most famous painting is "The Scream" from 1893. The Munch Museum will transfer to new premises near the Opera House in 2019. 

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Nordic Top Museums

Louisiana Museum

Louisiana Museum

The museum shows the best exquisite collection of modern art by international artists in Denmark and Louisiana is located in beautiful surroundings along the coast of North Zealand.

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Aros Aarhus Art Museum

Aros Aarhus Art Museum

Aros Museum is a must-see attraction and at the same time an architecture highlight in Denmark

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The National Gallery

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is a captivating experience and the largest art museum in Denmark.

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Moesgård Museum

Moesgård Museum

The past is brought to life at the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus.

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The Nobel Museum

The Nobel Museum

Discover the story about one of the most famous museums in Sweden.

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Saga Museum

Saga Museum

This Museum present important moments about the Icelandic people and their history.

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Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet

Visit one of Europe's foremost collections of art from the twentieth century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert and Matisse.

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Ainola

Ainola

Jean Sibelius was and still is the most respected and best-known Finnish composer of all time.

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Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum

The most famous Viking Ship Museum in Denmark you will find in Roskilde located 45 minutes from Copenhagen.

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Nordic Top Heritage

Kronborg

Kronborg "Hamlet" Castle

Drama and history are gathered in one place at Kronborg "Hamlet" Castle.

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The Geirangerfjord & Nærøyfjord

The Geirangerfjord & Nærøyfjord

The two fjords are among the longest and deepest in the world and became the member of Unesco heritage list in 2005.

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Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace

Take a day trip to Sweden`s best preserved royal Palace, which is one of the most beautiful representatives of European architecture.

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Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral is a unique and beautiful medieval cathedral.

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The Jelling Monuments

The Jelling Monuments

The Jelling Monuments are one of Europe’s finest Viking Age monuments on the Unesco Heritage list in Denmark.

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Bryggen Wharf Bergen

Bryggen Wharf Bergen

Bryggen in Bergen is world famous and attract every year around one million visitors.

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Old Rauma

Old Rauma

Old Rauma is an exclusive example of an old Nordic city, where the houses are made of wood.

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Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna became member of Unesco`s World heritage list in 1991, and the Fortress is one of Finland`s most visit tourist attractions.

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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir is the most important historical site in Iceland.

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Top Nordic Festivals

Copenhagen Cooking Festival

Copenhagen Cooking Festival

Copenhagen Cooking Festival is one of the biggest of its kinds in Northern Europe.

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Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo World Music Festival gives you the opportunity to hear fantastic voices from all corners of the world.

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Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival

Explore one of the most exciting festivals in Finland.

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Stockholm Culture Festival

Stockholm Culture Festival

Check out the Stockholm Culture Festival which fills the streets and squares

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

Already from the start, this festival presented the full spectrum of styles that jazz has to offer.

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Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is the largest Nordic culture and music festival and has existed since 1971.

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Hans Christian Andersen Festival

Hans Christian Andersen Festival

Odense is the place to visit for cultural activities for all ages.

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Restaurant Day

Restaurant Day

In Helsinki they got a new tradition called "Resstaurant Day".

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Secret Solstice Festival 2018

Secret Solstice Festival 2018

One of the biggest festival highlights in Iceland during the beautiful lighting summer.

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Louisiana Museum

The museum shows the best exquisite collection of modern art by international artists in Denmark and Louisiana is located in beautiful surroundings along the coast of North Zealand.
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Aros Aarhus Art Museum

Aros Museum is a must-see attraction and at the same time an architecture highlight in Denmark
Read more

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is a captivating experience and the largest art museum in Denmark.
Read more

Moesgård Museum

The past is brought to life at the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus.
Read more

The Nobel Museum

Discover the story about one of the most famous museums in Sweden.
Read more

Saga Museum

This Museum present important moments about the Icelandic people and their history.
Read more

Moderna Museet

Visit one of Europe's foremost collections of art from the twentieth century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert and Matisse.
Read more

Ainola

Jean Sibelius was and still is the most respected and best-known Finnish composer of all time.
Read more

Viking Ship Museum

The most famous Viking Ship Museum in Denmark you will find in Roskilde located 45 minutes from Copenhagen.
Read more


Bjarke Ingels - Famous architect from Denmark