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Fun stuff

We do like to share amusing stuff from time to time. Join in. From Scandinavian news, useful words and phrases, to pointless facts and random tid-bits.  If it makes us smile, laugh or react in other way we might share it here.

Why Scandies rule Christmas

How we do Christmas in Scandinavia

How to cope with the darkness

How to get through the dark months like a Scandi

How to learn to love salty liquorice

Do you love it or hate it?

How NOT to Hygge

Stop doing it wrong.

Join us for en evening of chat, tasters and hygge

Event at our cafe 30th October 2018

Are you wearing clean underpants?

We collect underpants for the homeless

How to be more Finnish

Think you’ve got what it takes to be Finnish?

WIN all our four lovely cookbooks

Win signed copies of all our four cookbooks

Our new book: ScandiKitchen Christmas

Try our new book for a truly Scandinavian Christmas

WIN our new ScandiKitchen Christmas Cookbook

WIN a signed copy of our new book

Kagemand – Danish Kids Birthday “Cake Man”

Traditional Kids birthday Cake

Swedish Princess Cake: 7 Random Facts

Educate yourself on the oh-so-delicious Swedish princess cake.

The Law of Jante – explained

Ever wondered what the Law of Jante actually is?

Crayfish: 7 Random Facts

Interesting, useful and impressive facts about our favourite crustaceans.

How To – Crayfish Party

Learn how to host your own crayfish party in seven simple steps.

How to hotdog the Scandi way

Scandis are obsessed with hotdogs – and for good reason.

How to make a Swedish Sandwich Cake (Smörgåstårta)

Bronte made a Swedish Smörgåstårta sandwich cake on the telly. Recipe here.

Buy one Hotdog, get one FREE this week

Scandinavians make great hotdogs – this week, 2-for-1

The Only Aquavit Song You Need

Need a song to sing to help you get that aquavit down?

Things Scandinavians obsess about

Stuff we just have to do. Read it here.

Midsummer in Scandinavia

Want to find out what Midsummer is like? Read extract from Nørth here.

‘Små Grodorna’ song – Midsummer

The words to the song where you dance like a frog.

WIN The Bridge DVD Box Set Seasons 1-4

WIN Season 1-4 of The Bridge on DVD

Follow us on Insta to WIN this box

We’re moving a lot of our daily stories to instagram

The Bridge – hotdog style

What’s the real difference between Denmark and Sweden?

Eurovision Bingo – Print Your Own

Oh yes – Eurovision bingo is back – make sure to get yours.

13 Useful Scandinavian Insults

Add some colour to your vocabulary with these Scandi insults

WIN ScandiKitchen Summer Cookbook

Fancy winning a signed copy of our new cookbook?

You Know it is 17th May When…

Would you normally drink champagne for breakfast?

7 Things You Didn’t Know About … Eurovision

Yep, it’s Eurovision season again – time to refresh some facts!

23 ways to annoy a Scandinavian person

In need of different ways to really annoy a Scandi? Here you go.

7 Random Facts About Aquavit

Aquavit, schmaquavit? Not necessarily. Here are 7 random facts for you.

Aquavit Tasting in ScandiKitchen

Join us for aquavit tasting with Jon Anders on the 12th April.

Waffle Day 2018 / Våffeldagen 2018

25th March is Waffle Day – how do you have yours?

Where did Joey Tempest go?

What happened to all our 80’s and 90’s idols?

Things that happen when you live with a Scandi

We’ll help you adapt to the situation

WIN the trilogy of our cookbooks

WIN our new cook – and the other ones, too. All signed.

Ways to work the snow like a Scandi

It’s snowing in London. Need some handy ways to deal with it?

How to spot a Scandinavian in the wild

Ever wondered how to spot a Scandinavian in the wild?

15 shades of Semlor

All your semla hybrid dreams in one place. Oh yes. You dreamt it, we did it.

Things you wanted to know about Semlor but were afraid to ask

All your important semlor facts in one place – cream buns: how to eat them, when to eat them and also, be careful not to get caught making them out of season.

Our favourite Finnish facts

Lots of interesting facts about Finland.

December 1st – Christmas Hearts

How to make Danish Christmas Hearts

Recipe: Mincemeat Buns

A marriage of the Swedish and the British

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2017

Every year, we encourage you to join our fu competition! Win a great big hamper full of Scandinavian treats – deadline 18th December 2017. UK entries only.

How to count in Danish.

Yes, of course, it is super easy to learn to count in Danish. Not.

Top Scandi Superstitions

Ever wondered what Scandinavian superstitions are like?

How to: Norwegian Jumper

Learn how to do this whole Scandi jumper thing properly.

How to Enjoy Autumn like a Scandi

How to Autumn like a Scandi Or what we think about when it is biting cold, rainy and dark. It is the little things. From the smell of your coffee […]

How to Queue

Ever wondered how to queue in Scandinavia? This is your answer. Yes, it’s a thing.

How to give your apartment the ‘Copenhagen’ look

Yes, it’s a formula. How to make your apartment look like it’s in Denmark, just follow these ten easy steps. Extract from Nørth by Bronte Aurell.

Show Us Your Buns

Cinnamon Bun Day Use #ShowUsYourBuns on social media so we can find you. The countdown is on to Sweden’s most favourite day of the year. No, not Kalles Kaviar-day. No, […]

10 Culinary Delights From Our Scandi Childhoods

10 Culinary Delights From Our Scandi Childhoods Sometimes, when we were little, this is all we wanted to eat. (Still is, sometimes). Recognise any of these, for yourself or your […]

Tricolore Mediterranean Crispbread Pizza

Crispbread Pizza 'Tricolore' With Mediterranean Flavours The mediterraneans know a thing or two about flavour combinations for warmer weather. Here is one of our favourites - in a Swedish crispbread [...]

7 Random Crispy Facts

7 Random Facts About Crispbread Crispbread is common across Scandinavia, but especially so in Sweden, followed closely by Norway. 85% of all Swedish households have it at all times. Crispbread is […]

Useful Scandinavian words to start using in English

A great collection of untranslatable Scandinavian words – words from Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish. We suggest you start using these words today in English.

You Know You’re Scandi When…

You know you’re Scandi when.. You wouldn’t DREAM of drinking the water from the tap without letting it run for at least 5 seconds. Otherwise you end up with the [...]

WIN the first Signed copy of our new book Nørth

Want to be one of the first people to get your hands on Nørth, our new book on Scandi living? Enter competition here.

7 Random Facts About Surströmming

7 Random Facts About Surströmming Surströmming is made by preserving the raw herring with just enough salt to prevent it from rotting, then left to ferment for at least 6 months. [...]

11 Facts About Beer in Scandinavia

11 Facts About Beer in Scandiland  In Sweden and Norway, you have to go to specialist shops to buy anything stronger than 4% (in Sweden, that’s 3.5%). In Norway, only […]

13 ways to get a Scandinavian to eye roll you

How to make Scandies eye roll

Aquavit Songs (Snapsvisor) for Midsummer

Want to celebrate Midsummer like a Scandi? You need some songs….

WIN an entire case of KvikkLunsj! (64 bars)

WIN a whole case of KvikkLunsj chocolate. How will you share yours? Or will you?

7 random ways to be more Danish for Danish National Day

Seven silly ways to be a bit more Danish for Danish National Day on 5th June

7 Random Things About 17th May – Norway Day

7 Random Facts About 17th May – Norway Day Norway day – the 17th of May – is celebrated as it was the day Norway got its constitution, back in […]

7 Nordic ways to talk about hangovers

Ways to talk about hangovers in Scandinavia

7 things you didn’t know were invented by the Nordics….

7 things you didn’t know were invented by the Nordics…. You can thank the Swedes that we don’t always have to have elasticated waistbands in our trousers, because the Swedes […]

7 strong Scandinavian names for your new baby

Some names for your new baby? Or maybe not…

7 Scandi Ways To Screw Up

7 Scandi sayings for when things are not going well. If a Dane has his ass in the surface of the water (Røven i vandskorpen), it means things are not going […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Vikings

  7 Useful Things To Know About the Vikings   Viking Harold Bluetooth was great at connecting nations – Bluetooth tech is named after him: the logo are his initials. […]

7 Random Things About Finland

Weird and wonderful facts to impress your Finnish friends with.

7 Random Things You Didn’t Know About.. ABBA

 Very useful, highly impressive and absolutely random facts about ABBA. Before ABBA was known as ABBA they were known as ‘Festfolk’ – the Party People. In 1974, when ABBA won […]

How to hotdog the Scandinavian way

Everything you need to know about Scandinavian hotdogs. Because we know.

WIN a Mega Scandi Easter Egg

WIN a Mega Scandi Easter Egg As we find ourselves in the deepest, lagom-est lent – we dream about all the sweets we’ll be eating once Easter is here (by Easter, […]

ScandiKitchen Baking Challenge – Win £20 Voucher

Come Bake With Us – Win £20 Online Voucher Hej! Here at ScandiKitchen we’re huge fans of baking, and now we want You to get baking with us! Every few […]

WIN a box of Hygge

WIN a signed book and a box of Scandi treat goodies

You know you’ve turned Scandi when….

Those little things that make you appear just as Scandi as the rest of us. Welcome: You’re one of us, now.

How to swear in Scandinavia

How to say some of the less bad swear words in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Because you asked us.

WIN! A Big Lovely Scandi Fika Bundle

WIN! A Big Lovely Fika Bundle Fika must be our all time favourite Swedish word. The concept of a little break in your day, with coffee and maybe something sweet, […]

Princess Semlor – the ‘hit’ of 2017 (Prinsess-semlor)

We tested the new Swedish craze of princess semlor (prinsesssemla) at ScandiKitchen – a hybrid of princess cake and Semlor. YUM!

Foodie habits that Scandies don’t realise are… weird

Scandinavians have little weird food habits… Here are some of our favourites.

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2016 WINNERS

The winners in our 2016 competition!

Stuff ex-pat Scandies say to friends

We say a lot of strange stuff. Here are some of the things we think are perfectly normal that may puzzle you slightly!

How to better understand Scandinavians this Christmas

Want to understand a little bit about our way of celebrating Christmas? Then read this handy guide on how to do Christmas the Scandinavian ways.

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016 It’s beginning to smell like Gingerbread.. That’s right, it’s that time of year again – it’s time for our annual Pimp My gingerbread House competition! Every […]

WIN! The Sleigh Ride DVD & Winter Sweet Treats

WIN! The Sleigh Ride DVD & Winter Sweet Treats A few years ago, a mini trend kicked off in Norway – slow TV. The concept of slow TV is simple […]

15 Facts About Cinnamon Buns

15 Things You Need to know about Cinnamon Buns This year, as every year, we are celebrating the official Cinnamon Bun day. A national holiday in Sweden (not really, but […]

WIN The ScandiKitchen Kit – Books, Canvas Bag, Mug & Sweets

WIN the whole ScandiKitchen kit As you may know, we have a new book. It is beautiful, if we may say so ourselves, and makes us want to bake and […]

WIN a pair of tickets to see THE COMMUNE

WIN a pair of tickets to see THE COMMUNE The very talented BAFTA­nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s that previously had us following Helge’s 60th birthday party in the movie ‘Festen’ […]

WIN a huge box of HYGGE teas

WIN a huge box of our favourite HYGGE tea – choose from 16 great blends.

Swedish Midsummer – How To Celebrate – Therese’s Way

Swedish Midsummer – How I Celebrate Swedes all over Love midsummer (you might have seen Alicia Vikander on Jimmy Fallon..? If not, we’ve included the clip for you below). There […]

WIN a Eurovision Party

WIN a box of goodies to enjoy while you watch Eurovision. Or pretend you are not watching it. Or whatever.

Eurovision Bingo 2016

The bingo card for this year’s Eurovision is here – play along with us on the night.

31 Ways To Be More Norwegian

Ever wanted to be more Norwegian? Here you go.

WIN – ‘Follow the Money’ & Scandi Snacks Bundle!

WIN – Danish Series Follow the Money & Scandi Snacks Bundle! It’s Friday – time for Fredagsmys. Our favourite time of the week. Cuddling up with snacks galore and some good […]

Eurovision 2016 update

This week’s Eurovision update from SchlagerFiasko

How to be More Danish

A silly little guide on how to be stereotypically Danish

Our favourite Viking facts

A selection of our favourite Viking facts, as collected by us.

Scandinavian Facts; Mythbuster – Scandi Edition

8 Scandinavian Facts – The Fact or Fiction List 1. All Scandinavians are tall, blonde and beautiful. There may be a slightly larger proportion fitting this description in Scandinavia than […]

Glossary: Norwegian Words – Topic: Weather

Norwegian Words to Describe Weather Værfast; literally, weather stuck. If one finds oneself stuck in torrential rain, howling winds or wintry snow storms. Then you are weather stuck. For example, […]

How to be More Swedish

We have written a little guide on how to be a bit more Swedish in your everyday life.

Waffle-Day & Useful Info About Scandinavian Waffles

Waffle-Day & Useful Info About Scandinavian Waffles Waffles are a big thing in Scandinavia. Thin and heart-shaped they come with a boatload of strong opinions on how to eat them, […]

WIN a Big Scandi Easter Egg

WIN a Big Scandi Easter Egg Easter is fast approaching (yes, already!) and if you’re yet to load up on sweeties and chocolate it is time to do so. We have […]

WIN Season 1 of TRAPPED on DVD & The Ultimate FREDAGSMYS Goodie Box

WIN everything you need for FREDAGSMYS! If you’re Scandinavian you’ll be familiar with the concept of Fredagsmys – staying in, eating snacks, sweets and watching telly on a Friday night. […]

Eurovision 2016 – Update

Eurovision 2016 – It has finally begun! Every week we will have our Eurovision expert, Mr David Jørgensen, giving us news and comments on the wonderful world of Eurovision. Fancy […]

How to Fredagsmys – Fredagskos like a Scandi

Fredagsmys like a pro Fredagsmys, or fredagskos, is a big deal in Scandinavia – especially in Norway and Sweden. The Danes have their Fredagshygge, but this is not quite as [...]

Eurovision 2016 – It has begun!

Eurovision 2016 – It has finally begun! Every week we will have our Eurovision expert, Mr David Jørgensen, giving us news and comments on the wonderful world of Eurovision. Fancy […]

WIN! Semlor For Your Office

It’s competition time! Just answer the question below correctly and win semlor (*terms apply) and eternal glory for your office. Q: How many bakery made semlor are sold in Sweden […]

12 Things You Need To Know About Semlor

Semlor are serious business in Sweden. Every year, usually starting as soon as Christmas is over and done with, semlor make their appearance in bakeries across Sweden. In Scandinavia we […]

Useful Norwegian Expressions

5 really useful Norwegian expressions to impress with.

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2015 – some of the houses

There’s still time to enter our Pimp my Gingerbread House competition – lots of great prizes to be won!

Celebrate Lucia like a Scandi pro

Celebrate Scandi Lucia like a pro

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2015

We love this annual competition of pimped up gingerbread houses – join in the fun.

A lot of ways to say ‘crazy’ in Norwegian

A lot of ways to say ‘crazy’ in Norwegian Hello. So, our Martina is from Norway and she was reading this article the other day (click here) about how the […]

A mini-guide to ‘Hygge’

Everybody should ‘hygge’ – learn how, here.

Stuff Scandinavians get asked all the time…

Really? You think we have polar bears roaming the streets?

How to fold a fitted sheet

How to fold a fitted sheet

Stuff Scandinavians do that baffle other nations

Stuff Scandinavians do that baffles other nations – it’s all in the little things…

Stuff Scandinavians miss from home

Stuff Scandinavians miss from home – a list compiled by us with help from all the Scandi ex pats. Yes, it’s tongue-in-cheek.

How to be a bit more Viking

A silly guide on how to be more viking.

How to make a Swedish Smorgastarta Sandwich Cake…

How to make a Swedish Smorgastarta sandwich cake for Midsummer. The foodie equivalent of Liberace.

Midsummer – like a Swede

Fancy a bit of a Scandi Midsummer this year? Here’s our guide on how to do it like a true Swede. See you at the park on the 20th!

How to Swedify yourself for Swedish Day

A handy graph just in time for Swedish national day

Top 5 Eurovision moments – from Mr Jørgensen

Our friend Mr Jørgensen is one of the most knowledgeable people about all things Eurovision. This is his low-down on this year’s main songs. If the song is not mentioned […]

Eurovision Bingo 2015 – play along!

Play along on 23rd May 2015 when we play Eurovision Bingo – find us on Twitter (we’re @Scanditwitchen).

Denmark: The happiest nation

Denmark is the happiest nation – and no wonder, just look at our sockets!

Scandinavian words that mean something different in English

A little list of some Scandinavian words that mean something different in English. includes fart, slut and tvätt.

First donut in space

Swedes launch the first ever donut into space – worth a watch.

8 Reasons Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the Man

8 Reasons Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the Man – and why we love our Swede

How to be more Scandinavian in your everyday life

Thinking about becoming a bit more Scandi in your everyday life? Feel like a Swede? Want to live like a Dane? Here are are few handy authentic things to incorporate into your everyday way of being.

WIN a big filled Easter Egg

Fancy wining one of our huge, filled Easter eggs? Then enter the competition here

Surströmming – Fermented Herring

Sometimes, when we want to giggle, we watch this clip of our Jonas in Hyde Park making the poor journalist from The Telegraph Newspaper try Surströmming fermented herring.

WIN ‘The Year of living Danishly’

WIN a copy of the brilliant new book ‘The year of living Danishly’ by Helen Russell.

WIN Semlor for the office

WIN a tray of our delicious Semlor buns for you and your colleagues and be Mr Popular

The little Norway…

A cute clip about Norway in miniature…

WIN a ScandiKitchen Christmas Stocking full of goodies

Want to get your hands on the super limited ScandiKitchen Christmas stocking, stuffed full of Scandinavian foodie goodies? Enter the competition here

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2014

The brilliant annual gingerbread building competition from ScandiKitchen – great prizes to be won from Skandium and Isak design. Entries accepted using the basic model kit. Categories for both kids and grown ups.

Nordic Film Festival London: 26 Nov – 7 Dec 2014 (on tour Dec 2014) WIN TICKETS

WIN a pair of tickets for the opening night at the Nordic Film Festival in London 2014

Ways to be more Norwegian

A handy tongue in cheek guide on how to be a bit more Norwegian

Reasons the Nordic countries win when it comes to Christmas

Celebrating Christmas with Nordic traditions is something quite special…

Are you wearing clean underpants?

The annual appeal for new clean underpants and socks for the homeless men in London. Please help out by donating in the shop or send us some new underpants.

15 ways you know you’re a real Swedish ex-pat

A list of 15 things that make you a real Swedish ex-pat

17 Little ways to annoy a Scandinavian person

A little collection of easy ways to annoy a Scandinavian person, as collected from all of you lovely people. Feel free to add your own little ways in the comment section.

Great Scandinavian idioms

Thank you to all those who shared their favourite idiom on Facebook the other day – we laughed so hard we cried at some of these.

We also realised we frequently use some of the expressions when we’re speaking English in the shop – and no wonder people look at us as if we’re a bit weird when we say things like ‘no cows on the ice’.

Enjoy the list.

A selection of great Swedish signs

The Swedes make the best signs, that’s just how it is.

Ten cool Vikings

[button type=”default” size=”large” link=”../shop”]Shop around for more scandi food…[/button] Let’s face it: We have quite a few to choose from. Here’s our selection Harold Bluetooth Dear old Harold. Not only […]

Some of our quirky little Scandi habits and ways…

[button type=”default” size=”large” link=”../shop”]Shop around for more scandi food…[/button] Scandi habits. Some of our quirky little ways… We asked around on Facebook and Twitter today for what little ‘ways’ we […]

A bunch of stuff the Scandinavians invented

1. The zip. Without the zip, your pants would be around your ankles or you’d be wearing braces. Thank the Swedes for this one. 2. The cheese slicer Seriously, can […]

How to be Swedish: A guide

We found this on Tumblr and liked it.

Newsletter Friday 25th July 2014: Elvis, Bent and free lunch.

Every week, we send out a newsletter. You can sign up on our homepage. Or just click here to access this week’s interesting bits and bobs from the land of […]

Unfortunately named Scandi products

Oh, some of these made us snigger. A brand of crab sticks in Norway…   The name of some biscuits in Sweden… Bread rolls from Finland… Snus tobacco in Sweden… […]

WIN: Liquorice from Johan Bülow LAKRIDS

We love the amazing liquorice from Johan Bülow and have been stocking their wares for a long time at our cafe and web-shop. From the delicious chocolate covered sweet liquorice […]

WIN the last ever Wallander series on DVD

The last episodes of Wallander, ever, are out on DVD Monday 23rd June (Arrow Films). We’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky person. To be in with […]

How to create a midsummer picnic – the easy way

How to create a midsummer picnic – the easy way Midsummer occurs at exactly the same time as the summer solstice. It’s a wonderful time of year where we have […]

ScandiKitchen’s Eurovision Bingo 2014

Every year we play Eurovision Bingo. This year is no exception. Play live with us on our Twitter feed during all the shows – from the semi finals to the […]

Illustrated Beginner’s Guide to Eurovision Voting

Click on the image for larger version. Oh yes, Eurovision fever has begun. Six days to go…     Via i.imgur.com

Ten Scandinavian words that mean something a bit different in English…

Slut At the end of every fairy tale, they all lived happily ever after. Slut. You also slut when you finish a phone call. It means ‘end’. If you change […]

How to be more Danish

How to be Danish

Easy Easter Smorgasbord – a guide

Easy Easter Smorgasbord A traditional smörgåsbord doesn’t have to be complicated. It is, in essence, the Nordic version of a buffet, so as long as you follow a few traditional […]

Waffle Day 25th March – ‘Våffeldagen’

Waffle Day (25th March) began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, allegedly due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically […]

The Very Funny Sophie Hagen…. Cast your votes here.

We’re proud that our friend Sofie Hagen has been nominated for a Chortle Award 2014. It takes guts to stand up and be funny at the best of times – […]

WIN a Box of SEMLOR for the office

Ahhhh…. Imagine if there was a way to make friends with Shirley from HR in one clean swoop? Or get Brian from accounts to notice you? Try giving them a […]

Semla baking competition…

UPDATE 4th March: THE WINNER OF THE BAKING COMPETITON IS GRETE MINUMETS – as chosen by our Shop Manager Rebekka. Congratulations – your buns were particularly lovely looking. Thanks to […]

Show us your big, fat buns and WIN Lunch for Two at ScandiKitchen

It’s Fat Tuesday on Tuesday 4th March 2014 – also known as Fettisdagen, fastelavn, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras. On this day across Scandinavia we celebrate the start of Lent. […]

Ahhh, Iceland… What a nice tourist advert.

Watch, book flight, enjoy. It’s a very lovely place.  

Boris Johnson’s alternative methods of transport during Tube strike

‘Monthly Art/Photo Space’ at ScandiKitchen: Artists wanted.

We’ve got a few empty walls where we like to ask artists and photographers to display their work. We usually change artworks every month or so. This is a last […]

WIN a box of our favourite liquorice selection

To celebrate our liquorice week at ScandiKitchen, we’re giving away a selection box of our favourite liquorice.   The lovely gift box contains:   Tyrkisk peber (both normal and firewood), […]

Tuut tuut, that’s our trumpet blowing… And our recipes.

We were in S-Magazine in The Sunday Express last Sunday. Starring roles to our open roast beef sandwich, Jansson’s Temptation, Vasterbotten Pie, Kladdkaka, Marte’s Kale & Grape salad and the […]

January’s artist: Åsa Wikman

We love our wall downstairs in the cafe. Most of all, we love that every month, we have lovely new amazing art work displayed there. From photography to paintings and […]

We’ve got loads of stuff left on the shelves… (Stock update 20/12)

Hello. This update about stock at our London store is posted 13:30 on 20th December. We’ve still got julmust, prinskorv, vortbrod, leverpostej, marsipangrise, julskum, rodkaal, cherry sauce, nougat, marzipan, aebleskiver, […]

The WINNERS: Pimp my Gingerbread House Competition 2013

And so, for the winners of the annual ScandiKitchen ‘Pimp My Gingerbread House’ competition… We started with a basic kit and wanted to see what you could all do with […]

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2013 – The Houses

It’s been an AMAZING year for our Pimp My Gingerbread House – and here are all the wonderful entries to the competition… The challenge was: Take one Gingerbread House kits […]

WIN tickets to Nordicana Film Festival 2014

WIN tickets to Nordicana Film We are so excited: Nordicana is BACK in London on 1st and 2nd February 2014. This year the event takes place at the Truman Brewery […]

How to make Danish ‘Julehjerter’ – Christmas Heart Decorations

You need:   – 2 different colour glossy paper – scissors – glue – a template such as this one      

Last Christmas…

Last christmas, we made a Christmas card and it made us laugh. We just found it again. We’re going to make another one this year – and probably laugh a […]

Six degrees of Scandi TV (by The Guardian)

Thanks to The Guardian for composing this.    

WIN tickets for ‘You & Me Forever’ closing gala at Nordic Film Festival

The Nordic Film Festival opens in London on 25th Nov and is on until 4th December 2013.   We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the closing […]

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2013

‘Pimp my gingerbread House’ is an annual event at ScandiKitchen. Take one Anna’s Gingerbread House Kit, assemble it however you want – and pimp it up with all your artistic […]

Happy Hallowe’en: The best light display?

We found this elaborate light display from America to celebrate Hallowe’en. To the tunes of Ylvis: The Fox.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0JCaMt4tA  

WIN tickets for ABBAMANIA in London 16th December 2013

ABBA MANIA is the number one tribute show to the world’s number one pop group – ABBA. ABBA MANIA is a spectacular musical event recreating on stage the last ever […]

Sweet dreams are made of cheese (a mini-guide to Scandinavian cheeses)

Many of us have memories of sitting in a field on a summer’s day eating crusty French bread and sharing a kilo of creamy brie. In fact, some of us […]

Max Von Sydow teaches us how to cheer with aquavit. Useful tip.

We found this old magazine clip with the brilliant Swedish actor Max von Sydow, teaching you how to cheer with Scandinavian aquavit drinks the right way. Never, ever forget to […]

Taxi Stoltenberg

This is the clip from the day when Stoltenberg, the Norwegian PM, went taxi driving. Maybe Cameron might find it fun to do the same? Surely we can persuade Boris?

Rainbow Stripes outside Russian Embassy in Stockholm

Someone has painted rainbow stripes on the zebra crossing outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm.  

Our Scandinavia: Sun over Gudhjem (Denmark)

This week, we’re all about the beautiful island of Bornholm. Our Rebekka is part-Bornholmer and is currently holidaying on the sunny island with her family. Gudhjem is a lovely village […]

Secret Scandinavia: Bronte’s favourite Danish summer hideaway

A while back Bronte was asked to recommend a super secret local spot in Denmark that you’d only know about if you were a local. She remembered this amazing place […]

An Englishman tries Surströmming (Fermented herring)

We’re not gonna lie to you: It really stinks. However, there’s a reason it is a really popular dish in Sweden. Nothing is more fun, however, than to get non-scandies […]

Surströmming: The smelliest herring there is

It’s back in stock: Surströmming. Swedish fermented herring. It smells so bad you have to open it outside (and if you don’t, well, we warned you). On the other side, […]

Swedish Midsummer for Dummies

http://player.vimeo.com/video/39345149

Swedish advert for Co-op (Swenglish only)

Swedes may appreciate this advert. We did. Sorry, Swenglish only. http://www.youtube.com/embed/UEVNdmSWQaY

Can Hell freeze over?

Yes. Hell is a town in Norway and sometimes it freezes because it can get really cold there. So that answers that question, then. More about Hell here.  

Liquorice: A mini guide.

LAKRIDS, LIQUORICE, LICORICE…   We Nordics have a favourite pass time: to try and get non-liquorice lovers to taste the stuff we enjoy eating by the bucket load. We cannot […]

How to wake a Norwegian kid…

We love this. three year old Norwegian kid who loves his music. Class. http://www.youtube.com/embed/oRm8RmNGFq4

Can someone please do this on the Bakerloo line tomorrow at 8:42?

Flash mob on Copenhagen’s Metro last month. Beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/embed/gww9_S4PNV0

Cats that look a bit like Sarah Lund

Sometimes, we are a bit bored. Later today: a competition for you to find Great Danes that look like Peter Schmeichel. Maybe.

Spiderman and his dolls. Why is it a problem?

If there is one thing that gets the general Scandies blood boiling is gender roles for boys and girls.  Girls can be plumbers, boys can be au pairs.  Who cares […]

Norwegian Explorer Aleksander Gamme Finds Hidden stash of Cheez Doodles

Norwegian explorer Aleksander Gamme - on his trip to the Antarctic - digs down a bag of goodies at the beginning of this trip.  He then re-finds his goods on [...]

England’s Glory: Made in Sweden

Thanks, Peter, for this photo of a box of matches.  Made us giggle a bit.  

Princess Estelle of Sweden – pictures

The new Swedish princess is names Estelle. So, one day, she will grow up to be Queen Estelle of Sweden. Awwww… Here are the first pictures of Crown Princess Victoria […]

Stuff that is nice about Iceland

Many things are nice about Iceland (except when they bring out the fermented shark). The photographer James Appleton LINK http://www.jamesappleton.co.uk/ spent time photographing an Icelandic volcano erupting – set in […]

Cool new Scandi inventions

Think we’re all about minimalist housing and flat pack book shelves?  Think again.  We can do more than that. How about this fantastic solar powered water purifier?  Makes water safe […]

How to annoy the Norwegians…

We couldn’t think of anything. Nada. Zip. Except eating the last melkesjokolade LINK http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/products/Freia-Melkesjokolade-100g.html from Freia, that really gets them annoyed. New Norwegian delivery just arrived this morning – the […]

How to annoy a Dane

Actually, this article is really entitled “How to pi** off a Dane”. LINK http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/how-to-piss-off-a-dane/ It’s brilliant. There are only six easy steps in which to do this. These include: Tactic […]

How to annoy a Swede…

brilliant photo by jayspec LINK http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayspec/606663736/ It’s been a week in which we have learnt how to annoy people like us. Interesting. But quite true. The lovely Kate Reuterswärd has written […]

DNB ad wins award for best Norwegian advert 2011

We featured this advert a few months back. It’s too good not to show again. The advert, for Norwegian bank DNb has just picked up the prestigious Goldfish award for […]

This week’s silliest Scandinavian towns

There is a quaint little town in Denmark whose name always make the Swedes and the Norwegians snigger: Bøgballe. Why? Because if you translate it, it means Gay Balls. Ah, [...]

Dead herring – and some who fart. A lot.

Herring are a bit thick. Well, they are… Look, a whole school of them got spooked by a whale (or something) and decided to swim for cover on the safe […]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the toughest of them all?

This portrait of Odin illustrates the importance of always controlling your image rights. Not looking like such a tough cookie, now, eh, Odin? Maybe choosing Clooney to play you wasn’t […]

Rebekka’s wish…

Our Rebekka couldn’t make it to the Scan Show this weekend (she is a busy lady, you know, baking and stuff). So, she set Bronte a challenge: go meet the […]

And the “not so clever” award of the week goes to…

…Sweden. Or rather, one Sweden from the south (Angelholm). He decided to try and aplit the atom – in his kitchen. Ensuring people would understand that these experiments were not […]

Penguin of the week: Pondus

Speak to any Dane born in the seventies and it is pretty certain he or she will remember this little penguin called Pondus who used to wear a red scarf […]

Denmark: We don’t like Marmite (either)

Face it: you either love it or hate it. The Danes, it would seem, hate it. So, in good Danish style, they decided to ban it. Marmite, that is. Okay, […]

Dansk [dan’sg]

Think Danish is easy? No? Nor do we – and some of us ARE Danish. That should tell you something. We have no fewer than NINE vowels. Yes, nine: a, […]

Ask the Scandies: What is Icelandic beer day? Why?

Imagine a world without Carlsberg: Probably the scariest thing in the world to imagine for some people. That’s just what life was life on Iceland up until 1989. You think […]

Ask the Scandies: What is proper Sauna etiquette?

What is the etiquette for using a sauna in Scandinavia? Oh, Brits! (Erm, you’re a Brit too, David – ed) I do like our need for rules and guidelines, which […]

Ask the Scandies: Why is Schlager so popular in Sweden?

Eurovision season is well underway in the Nordic lands right now. Norway, Iceland and Finland are all set for the final rounds of their selection process, while Denmark will be […]

Lindsborg, Kansas: official “Little Sweden USA”

According to a nice gentleman from Kansas who wrote to us this week, the people of Lindsborg in Kansas all have Dalarhorses outside their doors. They all eat cinnamon buns […]

Ask the Scandies: Why do the Danes call a small hill a mountain?

Norway has its fjords. Sweden has a few peaks. But Denmark is flat. If Denmark were a woman, Trinny and Susannah would have nothing much to grope. Which is why […]

Ask the Scandies: Which Norse God is coolest?

After my success in hunting down Whigfield (we found her, she says hej), Bronte had another challenge for me. Apparently, someone wanted me to find the coolest Norse deity. “Sure,” […]

Malmo, Minnesota

There are several Malmo’s in the world, only some of which are in Sweden. We found quite a few no-man places, a lot of barren landscapes randomly named after the […]

Copenhagen, Louisiana

Located 32° 1′ 25″ North, 92° 2′ 20″ West, Copenhagen is in the parish of Caldwell, Louisiana. Not to be confused if you are trying to book a trip to […]

Saturday Night, I feel the air is getting hot…

Oh, the powers of the Blog. Mr Jørgensen blogged about Whigfield last week in the “Ask the Scandies” LINK TO NEW PAGE section, and what happens? She gets in touch […]

Ask the Scandies: Where’s Whigfield?

Where IS Whigfield? Cast your mind back to 1994. So many momentous events occurred. Sweden joined the EU. Norway didn’t. Munch’s The Scream was stolen in Oslo, and in Stockholm, […]

Odense, Kansas

You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Well, actually, you are. Odense to you may be a town on Fynen, Denmark, but it’s also a place in Kansas. Located between Tulsa […]

Gothenburg, Nebraska

Oh, and we found a Gothenburg in Nebraska, United States too. It’s -5 celcius there, so pretty similar to the actual Gothenburg. Gothenburg was founded in 1882 by Olof Bergstrom. […]

Denmark, 400 km south of Perth, Australia. Bring odd socks.

We like finding little places around the world that bear links back to Scandinavia, even if it is just a name. Just like Denmark in Western Australia – a wonderful […]

How to survive in the Arctic climate

Arctic means -40 degrees and below. Which is a bit like London at the moment, we realise, so we thought us Scandies would pass on a few tips to all […]

Don’t blame the British…

This week, we have mostly been discussing things we (as in Scandinavians living here) do not quite comprehend. The main thing is sinks with single taps so you either burn […]

Odd phonecalls # 2

A while back we reported on some strange calls we’ve had in the past. Since then, we’ve started to notice that we are possibly the place people call when they […]

Think it is dark outside when you wake?

Think again. There are always people who feel a bit worse – take the people of Longyearbyen, one of the world’s most Northern towns. Part of the Svalbard communities of […]

Handball: a Scandinavian obsession

Scandinavians love handball.  Almost as much as we love football.  We are glued to the screens as the guys and gals come out and kick a** on the court – […]

Would you like to go to Tobago?

We do get some funny calls sometimes.  This morning, a nice gentleman called to tell us that his wife had booked a holiday to Tobago. “That’s nice” our Bronte said. […]

Do you speak Svenglish?

Being a Scandinavian shop we have a lot of ex-pat customers.  Some who have lived abroad since before the war and some who are fresh off the boat.  We’re also […]

Oh, Joey…

Back in the days, Europe was THE band to listen to.  Bronte’s first ever album was The Final Countdown and her walls were adorned with colourful posters of Joey Tempest, […]

The origin of the Little Frog song: REVEALED

Thanks so much to Nathalina (and all you others) who took the time to write in after our question about the Swedish Midsummer song “små grodarna”. It turns out the […]

Special treatment for the Swedes? Typical.

The EU laws are there for a reason, you know. Bananas are not supposed to be bendy, cucumbers must be uniform and straight or else they cannot fulfil their purpose […]

They did it. She said JA!

On Saturday, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden said JA to Daniel, fitness trainer of Sweden. Now they are man and wife and the whole country celebrated with them until the […]

The Wedding of the Year

We’ve gone Royal mad.  So excited are we about the royal wedding on Saturday 19th where Victoria will marry Daniel and world balance, peace and harmony will be restored (probably). […]

Swedish National Day

It is Swedish National Day in a few days and what better way to get your kids into the spirit of things than by getting your hands on one of […]

Happy Birthday, Danish style

This video did the rounds last week in both Denmark and abroad.  It’s very sweet, even if there is a bit of help in it from a Pr company for […]

Bye bye Legoman Brown

Naughty LEGOLAND WINDSOR: they posed Clegg and Cameron carrying out Brown from no 10 and let the press association take pictures of it. Snigger, snigger. They’ve now apologised and removed […]

Things you can do with Cheez Doodles

Just because you can, does not necessarily mean you should. So, we wanted to blog a bit about cheeze doodles because we thought they were such a Swedish/Scandi thing. As […]

Swedish made simple?

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Learn simple Swedish

By far the most informative teaching video we have found.  No prior knowledge of Swedish required. Well, it is not the fart that kills, it’s the small. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHniCEHY7I

Denmark (and Norway), New Zealand

Welcome to Dannevirke (population 6,000), a lovely place in New Zealand. The town was founded in 1872 by 13 Danish and 8 Norwegian families. The town had the nick name […]

Little Scandi Country: Solvang, California

Little Denmark: in Solvang, California, Denmark is alive and well. They have everything Danish, from little shops selling pastries and open sandwiches to being surrounded by gentle rolling hills, windmills […]

“Swedes are stupid” claims Norwegian professor.

We love a bit of Scandi banter – and nothing gets the Scandis up in arms as much as “who is the stupidest of all Scandinavian nations?”. A few weeks […]

Looking for Joey…

Back in the Eighties, Jonas went to his first ever concert. It was Europe and the song of the moment was The Final Countdown. He had curly hair and so […]

We’re not quite sure why, but there they are…

Meet Dave and Bertie. They run a company around the corner from Scandi Kitchen called Watermill : www.watermill-london.com. Basically, they think up great ideas and they are very good at […]

innocent is all over Scandinavia

Many moons ago, our Bronte used to hang out at the innocent ‘Fruit Tower’ quite a lot. For around five years, her quest in life was to ensure the people […]

Who dunnit?

Easter time in Norway is the time of year for reading crime novels. Yes, really. Nobody is really sure why this is the case, but every year at Easter, the […]

Happy Danish

We had a visit from Nicholas this week who was celebrating being Danish and felt like popping by for some open sandwiches and some Danish pastry. So, why the celebration? […]

Great music comes from Faroe Islands…

Yep.  It’s true.  the little islands in the middle of the great, big sea has produced a fab artist called Teitur.  It is not often that stuff like this comes out […]

Dark days

This is what Great Titchfield Street looks like at 5:58 am in the morning, just before some of us start the day preparing open scandwiches. Nice and quiet and very […]

A fun clip with a serious message…

YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/v/6X8JNmyEQ-Y& LINK http://www.helpsweden.org

Our plants sell for top dollar at flea market

Our new friends Anna Sophia and Maria had a mini-fleamarket at SK over the weekend. They were raising money for a trip to Hong Kong where they plan to teach […]

Jeg er også dansker…

The Danish newspaper Politiken are doing a campaign for integration into Danish society. This basically involves Danish people from different backgrounds wearing t-shirts printed with the sentence “Jeg er også […]

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