Scandi Life

Welcome to our daily thoughts. Here you'll find everything from recipes to amusing bits and everything inbetween.

How to hotdog (the Scandi way)

This week: 2 for 1 hotdogs at the cafe

Danish Koldskål dessert

A Danish favourite for summer

Ultimate Swedish Kladdkaka

Famous sticky chocolate cake.

Västerbotten Cheese Tart

That famous cheese tart

A guide to being Swedish

Ever wanted to be Swedish?

Meet up: London Pride 2019

Need a place to meet before Pride?

Eurovision Bingo 2019

Wanna play Eurovision Bingo 2019?

Nordic Ice Creams – Summer 2019

Try our favourite Scandi ice creams at the cafe this summer

30 steps to become a Norwegian

Ever wondered what it takes to be a real Norwegian?

Little Lessons: Smorgasbord

How to arrange a real Smörgaåsbord

Little lessons: Hiking in Norway

How to go on a walk the Norwegian way

25th March: Day of Waffles (Våffeldagen)

Make waffles on Waffle Day 25 March

Little lessons: Scandinavian Easter

How to celebrate our Easter

Little lessons: Friends of Norway

Friends forever.

Little Scandinavian Lessons: How to slice cheese

It’s important.

Our favourite Nordic idioms

Best Nordic idioms & sayings

False friends

Words that mean something else…

Little Scandinavian lessons: Lagom

How do you define Lagom?

How to make friends with a Scandinavian

Apparently, we’re difficult.

WIN this massive box of treats

Enter before 11th December

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

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?

Compost, Recycle, Re-use

How to recycle or re-use our packaging, in case you wondered.

The Crayfish Season

The long read – why and how we get together to eat crayfish.

Happy Birthday to us: We’re 11 years old

Happy Birthday: our cafe turns 11 years old.

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.

How to do a Scandi Midsummer at Home

Learn how to do a proper Scandi midsummer at home.

Seven things about Nordic Midsummer

A few facts to get you started on midsummer like a Nordic person.

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.

Scandi Ice Creams – Now Available

Our summer stash of Scandi ice creams has arrived!

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.

Salty Liquorice – Our Top Ten

Curious about salty liquorice but not sure where to start? Here you go.

Aquavit Tasting in ScandiKitchen

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

Open Sandwiches: Smørrebrød

Learn about the Open Sandwich – and how to make them

Scandi Easter Foods – things we also eat

A list of things we like to eat around Easter.

Scandinavian Easter: 7 random things

Weird and wonderful Scandi Easter facts for you.

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?

Morsdag – Norwegian Mother’s Day

Mother’s day treats for your mamma on her special day.

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.

Sticky Chocolate & Coconut Cake – Ryttarkaka

  Ryttarkaka – Sticky Chocolate & Coconut Cake A classic mixture of two much loved cakes: The sticky chocolate cake and the topping that goes on the Dream cake – […]

Our favourite Finnish facts

Lots of interesting facts about Finland.

December 1st – Christmas Hearts

How to make Danish Christmas Hearts

Glögg Season is here!

Learn how to make a real Scandi glögg mulled wine

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.

Are you wearing clean underpants?

Are you wearing clean underpants? Read on, even if you did put clean undies on this morning: This is important. Every year, for a few weeks, we collect money at […]

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, […]

Cinnamon Bun Recipes

Our Favourite Cinnamon Bun Recipes There are as many cinnamon bun recipes as there are parents and grandparents – each claiming theirs to be the ultimate one, producing the softest, […]

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 […]

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

Scandi BBQ time (and the best sausages ever)

The best sausages for a good old barbeque

7 Ways to a Danish Person’s Heart

Learn what foods the Danes really miss from home (it’s not all remoulade).

Aquavit Songs (Snapsvisor) for Midsummer

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

FREE cinnamon bun week 12-16 June 2017 at our cafe in London

  FREE cinnamon bun week Hej Next week is FREE bun week – this means if you pop by between 8-11 am Mon-Fri and show the nice person behind the […]

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

WIN! Finnish Treats & Film Bundle

WIN! Finnish Treats & DVD Bundle No weekend without Fredagsmys – settling down after a long week with something yummy to nibble on and mildly to highly entertaining on the […]

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 […]

The 2017 Eurovision Bingo Card from ScandiKitchen

Print your ScandiKitchen Eurovision 2017 bingo card – or pick a copy up in store.

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 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 […]

7 random things you didn’t know about… Iceland

A few bits of knowledge to entertain you whilst you procrastinate from whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing.

How to hotdog the Scandinavian way

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

Scandinavian Cheese: A Handy Guide

The Essential Guide to Scandi Cheese – Part 1 We first posted this no less than four years ago, and considering how much we love cheese it is due a […]

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 […]

Scandi Baking Shop

Scandinavian Baking Welcome to our baking shop. Here you’ll find all our baking ingredients gathered – from wheat flour for the perfect buns to proper rye, crushed rye flour and [...]

Finnish Food

Finnish Food Hej and welcome ScandiKitchen's Finnish Food Shop Online We stock a huge range of foods from Finland. From Finnish rye bread to salmiakki, Fazer chocolates and much more. You [...]

WIN a box of Hygge

WIN a signed book and a box of Scandi treat goodies

Danish Food

Danish Food Hej and welcome ScandiKitchen's Danish Food Shop Online We stock a huge range of foods from Denmark. From remoulade, pate, ryebread, liquorice and much more. The UK's biggest selection [...]

Swedish Food

Swedish Food Hej and welcome ScandiKitchen's Swedish Food Shop Online We stock a huge range of foods from Sweden. From Kalles to filmjolk, sausages meatballs, Marabou and much more. The UK's [...]

Norwegian Food

Norwegian Food Hej and welcome ScandiKitchen's Norwegian Food Shop Online We stock a huge range of foods from Norway. From Brunost to waffle mixes, Freia and much more. The UK's biggest [...]

Crispbread Pizza – Weekday Dinner Revelation

Crispbread Pizza – White Winter Pizza A super easy, quick and tasty take on pizza. By using a round of Leksands as your base you can have pizza in 12 […]

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.

Brown Cheese – Gudbrandsdalsost – A Norwegian Staple

Brown Cheese – Everyday Hero #4 This is the fourth of six posts – each presenting one of our favourite everyday products. The things we eat again and again and that […]

How to swear in Scandinavia

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

Makrell i Tomat – ‘Plane Crash’ – A Fishy Favourite

Stabburet Makrell i Tomat – Everyday Hero #3 This is the third of six posts – each presenting one of our favourite everyday products. The things we eat again and again […]

Swedish Lingonberry Jam – The All-Rounder

  Rårörda Lingon – Everyday Hero #2 This is the second of six posts – each presenting one of our favourite everyday products. The things we eat again and again […]

Kalles Kaviar – The Legend, The Myth, The Breakfast Topper

Kalles Kaviar – Everyday Hero #1 This is the first of six posts – each presenting one of our favourite everyday products. The things we eat again and again and […]

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 ‘Lucia’ like a Scandinavian

How to celebrate St Lucia like a true Scandinavian…

Christmas Season Opening Hours

Our Christmas opening times 2016.

WIN tickets to see IN THE BLOOD (Tue 6th Dec 2016)

Nordic Film Festival 2016 WIN tickets to see IN THE BLOOD at Regent’s Cinema on 6th December 2016. This year, the Nordic Film Festival in London returns wit a great […]

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 […]

Are you wearing clean underpants?

We are collecting underpants for homeless this winter. Because new, clean underpants is a really really nice feeling.

Matpakke – Norwegian Packed Lunch

Matpakke – An Intro To a Norwegian Packed Lunch Ask any Norwegian what they had for lunch in school and the answer will be ‘matpakke’ (or nistepakke) – packed lunch. […]

Norwegian Matpakke – Tips, Tricks and Insights.

Norsk Matpakke – Our top facts, tips and insights about Matpakke If you’re very lucky, your mum or dad makes it for you. They’re usually busy busy in the morning – […]

Our Favourite Finnish Things

The Finns are behind several of our favourite things.

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 […]

The Breakfast Edition; Scandi VS British Breakfast

Breakfast, Frokost, Morgenmad, Frukost.  As the saying goes (well, in Scandinavia at least), dear child bears many names. We love breakfast. It is often the main reason we go to […]

Breakfast of Champions – Support Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast Charity – Start your day doing something good Don’t go to school on an empty stomach. With school having started again, it is time for a re-run of a […]

Look Inside: Fika & Hygge Baking Book

Our New Book – A Look Inside Yes, we talk a lot about Fika & Hygge – especially now with our new book officially out. It is a baking book, with […]

Join Our Family – We Are Currently Recruiting

Join Our Family – We Are Currently Recruiting We at ScandiKitchen have a passion for our smorgasbord, great coffee, crispbread and all things Scandinavian. Singing Eurovision songs and brewing coffee […]

Swedish Crayfish Party – How To Celebrate – Roxanne’s Way

Swedish Crayfish Party – How I Celebrate Swedes all over Love their crayfish party and there are many ways to host this type of party, and this week, our People’s Hero […]

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’ […]

It Is Time For Summer Fika

It Is Time For Summer Fika Scandinavian people love their coffee. Norwegians are in the top of coffee consumption but Sweden and Finland consume the most cups of coffee per […]

WIN a huge box of HYGGE teas

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

ScandiKitchen’s Guide to Hygge

Want to know how to hygge from the natives? Read this handy guide.

It Is Waffle Weekend

It Is Waffle Weekend – Scandinavian Waffles (again) We love waffles, we love to talk about them a lot –  and we are going to talk about them some more. […]

Midsummer in Norway – Celebrating St. Hans Eve

Midsummer in Norway – Celebrating St. Hans (St. John’s) Midsummer is usually not called midsummer in Norway, but St. Hans after the evangelist John (called Johannes in Norwegian; Hans is […]

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 […]

A Scandinavian Barbecue

  Let’s Have a Barbecue – Scandi Style! Warmer weather and glimpses of sun can only mean one thing – barbecue season is here. Here’s what you need for a […]

17. Mai – What – Why – How?

How to 17.Mai like a Norwegian 17th of May what? 17th of May is the National Day of Norway and celebrates the day Norway got its own constitution, in 1814. […]

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.

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 […]

FIKA – The Connoisseur’s Guide to Cake & Drink Pairings

Fika – The Connoisseur’s Guide to Cake & Drink Pairings Aaaaah, Fika. That untranslatable, slightly odd-sounding Swedish word which encompasses so much loveliness. Fika may just be our favourite Swedish […]

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 [...]

WIN a big box of liquorice

WIN a big box of Scandinavian salty liquorice – can you handle it?

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 […]

Open Sandwiches – Video

Watch Bronte Aurell demonstrate some of her favourite open sandwiches from the ScandiKitchen Cookbook – from smoked salmon to roast beef, egg and prawn, smoked mackarel and fennel and apple.

6 Tips To Winter Like a Scandi

Winter in Scandinavia is serious stuff. It lasts a long time, and the weather is somewhere on a scale of bone chillingly cold (but snowy and bright) to regular freezing […]

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

We’d like you to meet… Malin

Meet our people

We’d like you to meet… our Tina

Meet our people: Tina, our Leading Lady.

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2015

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

We would like you to meet… our Sally

We would like you to meet… our Sally

Pleased to meet you… Rebekka

Pleased to meet you… Rebekka. We introduce you to our lovely team.

Pleased to meet you… Torben

Pleased to meet you… Torben. Meet our people at ScandiKitchen.

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 […]

Are you wearing clean underpants? Nice, isn’t it?

We are collecting underpants for the homeless of London. Send us a few pairs of new pants, please. All through November at our cafe. Because everybody deserves clean underpants.

The bodybuilders who went to Lilliput town…

This week, most of all we loved the Norwegian body builders who went to Lilliput town to make themselves look bigger….  

A mini-guide to ‘Hygge’

Everybody should ‘hygge’ – learn how, here.

Cinnamon bun facts

Some silly facts about the humble cinnamon bun

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

WIN a box of goodies for your homesick Scandiphile friend

win a box of Scandinavian goodies

Stuff Scandinavians do that baffle other nations

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

Beautiful aerial video of Iceland

Flying over Iceland

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.


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WIN The Legacy Box Set 1 & 2

Win the Nordic drama The Legacy box set season 1 and 2

Our favourite little places to go in Scandinavia

We asked our team to tell us some of the favourite secret places to visit in Scandinavia

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!

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 […]

WIN tickets for Nordicana 2015

WIN tickets for Nordicana 2015

Eurovision Bingo 2015 – play along!

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

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

Easter in Scandinavia

How we celebrate Easter in Scandinavia – Norway, Sweden and Denmark

WIN a signed copy of Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

A beautiful, haunting novel by Cecilia Ekback: Wolf Winter – win a singed copy

Where is Scandinavia?

Nordic and Scandinavia is not the same thing. This explains it all.

Buns and Coffee

Next week, we’re doing Buns and coffee at the cafe. You’ll need one of these vouchers. Yes, you can use your smart phone.

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

WIN Swedish film ‘Tommy’ on DVD

Want to win Tommy on DVD? Answer this easy question to be in with a chance to win.

Don’t go to school on an empty stomach

1 in 3 kids go to school hungry. Every time you get a bowl of porridge from us, we donate one breakfast for a UK School child. Support Magic Breakfast now.

Making Tracks: Support Tony and Paul

Making Tracks – The Arctic Challenge: Support Tony and Paul on their epic 5000 mile journey from London to Nordkapp – and pop by and see them off on Sunday 1st March at our cafe (10 am)

Your lovely semlor pictures

We asked you to send us pictures of your home bakes – here are the best ones.

Oh, Zlatan, you legend

Watch the video. Think of them – and support the world food programme to stop hunger.

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

Glögg party – how to do it the Scandinavian way

How to host a really love Scandinavian mulled wine ‘glögg’-party

WIN tickets to see Tina Dickow in London 29th November

WIN tickets to see Tina Dickow in concert at Shepherd’s Bush on 29th November 2014

Aquavit tastings at the cafe 29th November 2014

Pop by and get a taste for the Nordic aquavit drink – and learn all about the flavours and varieties (Sat 29th Nov 2014 at the cafe)

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

Time for Blossa Glögg Mulled wine

This year’s 2014 Blossa Glögg mulled wine annual flavour is out and it is delicious. Pop by and stock up in store or online.

Reasons the Nordic countries win when it comes to Christmas

Celebrating Christmas with Nordic traditions is something quite special…

WIN a Scandinavian Christmas hamper

Enter now to be in with a chance to win a filled Scandinavian Christmas hamper.

Tuborg Julebryg J-Day London 2014

The celebration of the release of the Danish traditional Christmas beer, Tuborg Julebryg. Want to join us on the 14th November at the cafe? Email us to get your name on the guest list (limited spots)

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.

Your great cinnamon buns

Thank you to all of you who sent in great photos for our bun week.

We’re so very impressed by the home baking skills of you guys.

Here’s a selection of the pictures we received.

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.

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We found this on Tumblr and liked it.

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How to be more Danish

How to be Danish

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Thanks to The Guardian for composing this.    

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