The Moomins - image via wikipedia

Outside of Finland, Finnish literature is something that has been largely neglected. To some extent this is related to the fact that only a small fraction of Finnish literature has been translated into English – although a greater number of Finnish books is available in German, Estonian or French, for example. And perhaps it would […]

Cambridge Baltic Conference picture

Following the success and positive feedback of last year’s Cambridge Baltic Conference, this year’s event will focus on innovation in education. The first Cambridge Baltic Conference took place last year and attracted over 300 guests and a number of extraordinary speakers, including Valdas Adamkus, the President of Lithuania, and Siim Kallas, the Vice-President of the European […]

House of the Blackheads, destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1999

As Latvians today go to the vote, CtB takes a look back at one of its favourite Baltic capitals! We captured the last days of Riga’s Indian summer just as the city was preparing for Latvia’s parliamentary elections. With the situation in Ukraine far from de-escalating, and large portions of Latvia’s own sizeable Russian minority unhappy about their own […]

ONE BSR map - courtesy of 1 Baltic Sea Region project

A review of the One BSR final conference in Helsinki ’The Region is chasing a Phantom’ Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States by Kerli Kirsimaa The closing event of the One Baltic Sea Region Project[1], a two-year venture as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, was held on 4th […]

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Text and images: Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi Magic, symbolic, idyllic and inspiring. Those are the words that come to mind when I remember my experience at the festival Mėnuo Juodaragis (MJR) XVII, in Lithuania, a  mosaic of Baltic culture where old and new traditions meet. From bonfires to jewellery, from sculptures and ceramics to a childeren’s […]

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by Hannah Phillips ‘In times of oppression the struggle for independence is considered a serious matter, and the fight for women’s rights is not… It took some time before I realized that democracy in Poland has a masculine gender’ – Marion Janion (Conference of Polish Women, 2009) Last month, in defiance of Poland’s Conservative Catholic right, Poland’s […]

Crossing the Baltic is currently looking for motivated young individuals to join our team as bloggers, writers and editors. Previous experience in blogging, academic blogging or journalism is desirable, interest in the Baltic Sea Region and/or eastern Europe and Scandinavia is absolutely essential. It is a great way for all aspiring journalists to gain some […]

Baltic summer landscapes -©Crossing the Baltic

This summer our editors have been busy crossing the Baltic Sea…  

Norwegians celebrating their Constitution Day in Oslo - source: thornews.com

by Anna-Cara Keim When asking a person outside of Scandinavia what they know about the Nordic lands people’s associations seldom reach beyond Vikings, the welfare state, Danish television crime epics, Ikea and popular music. ‘But why is that?’ asks British journalist Michael Booth, himself a resident of Denmark, when he sets out on a trip […]

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Russia’s controversial involvement in the Ukrainian crisis in the last months has been labeled by many commentators as an attempt to take the attention of the Russian public away from the mounting internal problems of the country. One of the most serious of these problems has been since the last few decades the catastrophic health […]

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