Art & Design

Norway's Colorful New Banknotes Are a Design Masterpiece

Architectural firm Snøhetta and graphics company Metric Design team up to redefine the Scandinavian country’s currency.

Art & Culture

The Largest Pink Diamond in Christie's History Is About to Go up for Auction

"To find a diamond of this size with this color is pretty much unreal," says Christie's international head of jewelry.

Art & Design

This Must-see Museum in Denmark May Surprise You

Riches await at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Art & Culture

Where to See Art in Stockholm, According to Director Ruben Östlund

The director of the hit satire The Square maps out a cultural itinerary.

Art & Culture

Why Novelist Geir Angell Øygarden Reveres the Scandinavian Seaside

With coastlines on the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Arctic Ocean, Scandinavia derives its life force from the water. Novelist Geir Angell...

Film

Designing Suspiria: Meet the Woman Behind This Fall’s Most Elegant Horror Show

Rarely does a movie where witches bludgeon people in a netherworld hellscape look so elegant. 

Art & Design

How Artist Olafur Eliasson Finds Inspiration in Scandinavia's Sunlight

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson—whose work explores our perception of the natural world—speaks with Departures about the...

Art & Design

Why Oslo's Art Scene is Booming

Ubiquity has turned The Scream into a whimper. Thankfully, there is much more to Oslo’s museums and galleries than its best-known...

Music

How ABBA Introduced the World to Swedish Pop

Four decades after ABBA hooked the world with some of the catchiest tunes ever written, Sweden has become a pop music hit machine. But, as Jason...