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Tales of happiness, salty licorice and gender equality: Michael Booth’s The Almost Nearly Perfect People – The Truth About The Nordic Miracle

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 […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: Pierogi and More

Our editor-in-chief, Anna-Cara Keim, declares her love for Polish food and discovers some of London’s  more unusual eating places. Food plays an extremely important aspect in diaspora life. For most people food remains one of the most important connections they retain with their country of origin, or with the place they call home. And so it happened, that […]

Cruising the Baltic – St. Petersburg

by Paolo Sorbello St. Petersburg and Tallinn – Getting into Russia can be a pain, mainly due to the onerous visa process. Even obtaining a tourist visa can be a bureaucratic nightmare and deters many from visiting the beautiful sights of the Eurasian lands. One way around it, unless you’re Argentinian and enjoy a visa free tourist entry […]

Positivus 2013 – Three Days of Peace and Music

by Paolo Sorbello Salacgrīvā, Latvia is a small town on the Baltic Sea shoreline that offers nothing special throughout the year. It’s too far from both Riga and Tallinn to make for a summer retreat. However, for the past seven years, every July, it becomes the venue of the famous Positivus festival, attracting tens of […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: A Glimpse Of Tuscany From A Post-Communist Perspective

Our editor Mateusz Zatonski travels to Tuscany in order to prepare for a language exam and discovers the peculiarities of crisis-stricken Italy, which seems rather similar to Poland – at least to some extent. Speaking Italian can make you depressed. This is a conclusion you come to after spending two weeks preparing for a language […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: Riga, Eurovision, Cybercrime and Stag Nights

Our editor-in-chief Anna-Cara Keim intends to write about the Eurovision Song Contest and finds herself travelling to Riga instead. The original topic of this article was this year’s Eurovision song contest. And the plan was to write about the performance of the Baltic Sea Region countries – why Poland and Latvia have not made it […]

No More High Tea – The Fall of the Flag Carriers and the Rise of Budget Airlines

Anna-Cara Keim looks at the state of air travel in Northern Europe I begun to write this piece on the plane from London to Washington D.C., travelling for the first time in quite a while with what some people would call a ‘real’ airline. With friendly staff, a generous luggage allowance, and hot meals and […]

Eyewitness: Winter in Finland

Every year we are trying to encourage our readers and correspondents to send us their best winter snapshots from all around the Baltic rim. However, it seems that most contributions come from Kuopio in Northern Savonia, Finland. The image below features the Puijo Tower. Its revolving restaurant makes the 75 meter high observation tower one […]

Restaurant Review: Mamuśka – A Polish Milkbar in London

by Kristofer Jäntti Tucked away in one of the ugliest buildings in London, the Elephant Castle Shopping Centre, Mamuśka offers Polish home-cooking at affordable prices.  The restaurant seeks to be a focal point for London’s Polish community, offering not only authentically Polish cuisine and television, but also a décor slightly reminiscent of Poland’s Communist Milkbars’ – though […]

Looking for All Things Nordic? The Nordic Bakery in London

by Anna-Cara Keim Who doesn’t like a crusty and sweet cinnamon bun and a good, strong cup of coffee served in a chic, but relaxing environment? This must have been exactly what Jahli Wahlsten must have thought when he set out to open his first Scandinavian style café on Golden Square in Soho in 2007. […]

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