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Nordic Picks of the Month: JUNE

June was a busy month for films and TV series. We saw the return of both Danish juggernaut Borgen, followed by popular Swedish series Love and Anarchy. The end of the month saw two new series arrive to Walter Presents (which we haven’t even managed to see yet) with Rig 45 and Seizure. Over on […]

Nordic Watchlist speaks to one of the founding fathers of Nordic Noir – Kjell Ola Dahl

One of the founding fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl, was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published twelve novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers (The Oslo Detectives series) featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. Nordic […]

Top 5 Nordic Non-Fiction Must Reads

Here at Nordic Watchlist, at least to date, we’ve focussed our book reviews on some of the outstanding works of fiction coming out of the Nordic region. This time around our Nordic book specialist Marc Harries turns his attention to non-fiction and has listed five of his best recommendations for you. How many have you […]

Nordic Picks of the Month: MAY

Well May was the gift that kept on giving – after a quiet month in April, we had a huge number of releases to watch this month. We have picked out some of our highlights, and included a section at the end with some key Nordic news to update you on. Let’s dive in. FILM […]

Nordic Watchlist’s Picks of the Month: April 2022

April was admittedly a little quiet on the Nordic front – there were no TV shows released in the UK and only a handful of films – but that didn’t stop us from discovering some top picks to share with you! Get ready for May and June because there are lots of exciting movies coming […]

Horst & Enger: Norways Finest Crime Writing Duo discuss all things Blix and Ramm

Described by Tvedestrandpost as one of the years most anticipated releases, Unhinged, the third book in the extremely popular Blix and Ramm series, was finally published in the UK on Wednesday 16th February. Nordic Watchlist were lucky enough to speak to the authors, Thomas Enger & Jorn Lier Horst, about the book itself, the writing […]

10 Nordic Book Releases To Get Excited For This Year

2022 promises to be a big year for Nordic Literature with a number of highly anticipated books, both fiction and non-fiction, hitting the shelves. Here is my Top 10 releases to look out for in 2022! The Harbour – Katrin Engberg (Fiction; Expected March 2022) Those of you who read our 2021 Nordic Books of […]

Nordic Flavours of the Month: January

Well here we are in 2022 and already a month in and sharing our Nordic Flavours of the Month. This year, this segment will feature a few extra recommendations each month with the inclusion of books, music videos, and albums, along with the usual film and TV recommendations. So here’s what we’ve been enjoying this […]

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Nordic Watchlist Best of 2021: BOOKS

In a very special guest post from our friend and fan of the website, Marc Harries, we get to find out what he suggests are the best Nordic reads of 2021, carefully selecting one from each country. Finland Winner: The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen The Rabbit Factor is the latest release from Finnish author, […]

Nordic Flavours of the Month: October

We love October and the autumnal vibes – it’s also a great excuse to watch some horror and thriller movies! So here’s what we’ve been loving this month… FILM THE TRIP / I ONDE DAGER (NETFLIX) Oh how we loved this movie! First seen at Fantastic Fest, we went back for a re-watch and enjoyed […]

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Nordic Flavours of the month: JULY

This month at the Nordic Watchlist we enjoyed a staycation, and the searing heatwave in the UK eventually turned to torrential rain – allowing us to bury ourselves in the sofa and enjoy some more Nordic treats! Here’s what we have been enjoying this month: TV SHOW: YOUNG ROYALS Netflix has delivered another gem with […]

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Our Nordic Flavours of the Month – JUNE

We share a round-up of the best of what we’ve been enjoying in the last month. June brought us Box 21 from Walter Presents, a hard-hitting Swedish crime thriller. Meanwhile, Netflix continues it’s Nordic mission with a fun movie called Dancing Queens, based in gorgeous west Sweden and featuring an excellent Molly Nutley (directed by […]

Interview with Happiness Researcher and Author Meik Wiking

Anyone who loves Nordic culture will know that the Nordic countries frequently top the list of happiest nations. But why is this? Meik Wiking has made it his passion to find answers. He is founder and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, he has written numerous books about Nordic culture and happiness including […]

5 Minute Fika: Barnet Libraries host Nordic Authors Evening

We speak to Mark from Barnet London borough council libraries, who are hosting an online event next week called ‘An evening with Scandinavian authors discussing their books.’ He tells us all about the event, which authors are attending, and some of his favourite Nordic books. Unfortunately the event is now sold out, but keep an […]

Nordic Summer Reads

Alex Minnis and guest – editor, researcher and some-time writer Jessica from @lunchpoems – give us their favourite book recommendations by Nordic authors. Perfect for a late summer holiday (if you’re lucky enough to go on one), or in Alex’s case as he likes dark crime thrillers – perfect for winter too! JESSICA (@lunchpoems) THE […]

Inspiring women: Dr Melanie Windridge

We met Melanie Windridge at a talk she gave about the northern lights a few years ago and she is a pretty impressive woman. Passionate about all things physics, particularly fusion energy, she is also a speaker, writer, has worked in education – oh and she’s climbed Mount Everest too. She loves to mix science […]

INTERVIEW: Lucy Foley | Author

Lucy Foley might be a name you’ve heard recently, as her eagerly anticipated 2019 crime thriller ‘The Hunting Party’ became a bestseller, and now her latest book ‘The Guest List’, which was released last month, is performing incredibly well too! ‘The Hunting Party’ is still gaining accolades, and has now even been sighted for a […]

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