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August 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix's next international launch will be in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the subscription video giant announced late Tuesday. The company will launch its streaming video service in Scandinavia by the end of 2012. It did not announce further details, except that it will give subscribers a mix of Hollywood movies and television shows along with local content for a monthly fee. Netflix previously said it would launch in a new European market later this year. The Times reported in 2011 that it was considering Scandinavia along with Spain and a combination of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
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September 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A delegation of nine California state lawmakers has left on a trip to Sweden and Norway to study how the Scandinavians have advanced environmental and energy policies. The trip is one of several largely paid for over the years by the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, a nonprofit group funded by business and labor groups, including the oil and energy industries. “With last year's inauguration of the AB32--initiated Cap and Trade Program, and a number of deadlines on the horizon, there is an urgent need to establish a baseline of common knowledge about the complex mechanics of policy implementation and the technologies we have or will require to meet these goals,” the foundation said in a statement.
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TRAVEL
April 6, 1986
My husband and I thought your readers should know that we followed a recommendation last summer from Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips, and we found the vacation suggestion to be everything, and more, that the tip said it would be. Both of us had always wanted to learn to sail, yet we wanted to visit Scandinavia too. We found the perfect solution for our goals in Gunnar's Sailing School of Ljungskile, Sweden. For one happy week last August we sailed around the islands off the west coast of Sweden, learning how to sail and enjoying the scenery and the company of people from around the world.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Norwegian Air Shuttle might be one of the cheapest airlines you've never heard of. The budget airline is dipping into the U.S. market next year with nonstop transatlantic service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla., to Scandinavian cities. Fares from Los Angeles went on sale Tuesday starting at $237 each way. The deal: Norwegian , as the airline markets itself, will fly 787 Dreamliners: --between Los Angeles and Stockholm twice a week starting March 2; --between Los Angeles and Copenhagen twice a week starting March 1; and --between Los Angeles and Oslo once a week starting June 1. Norwegian made the biggest aircraft order in Europe last year, buying 222 planes from Boeing and Airbus, according to Reuters . But beware: Like many budget airlines, fees for baggage, seat selection, etc., can run up the cost of a ticket.
NEWS
January 13, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
From the cold climes of the Nordic countries comes a series of films marked by exceptional warmth. The Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. is composed of 10 foreign feature entries for the Oscars, and the three previewed all are marked by authentic concern for simple kindness and humanity -- qualities as welcome as they are rare on the screen. Erik Poppe's "Hawaii, Oslo" gets the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Writers Guild Theater, off to a great start.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Norwegian Air Shuttle might be one of the cheapest airlines you've never heard of. The budget airline is dipping into the U.S. market next year with nonstop transatlantic service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla., to Scandinavian cities. Fares from Los Angeles went on sale Tuesday starting at $237 each way. The deal: Norwegian , as the airline markets itself, will fly 787 Dreamliners: --between Los Angeles and Stockholm twice a week starting March 2; --between Los Angeles and Copenhagen twice a week starting March 1; and --between Los Angeles and Oslo once a week starting June 1. Norwegian made the biggest aircraft order in Europe last year, buying 222 planes from Boeing and Airbus, according to Reuters . But beware: Like many budget airlines, fees for baggage, seat selection, etc., can run up the cost of a ticket.
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June 11, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
In a gentle spring rain, this picture-book town dominated by a medieval castle offered a by-now familiar tableau Saturday. A few townspeople came with youngsters from across Scandinavia to pray with the Bishop of Rome. Most ignored him. Thus ended, as it began, one of the most unusual of Pope John Paul II's 42 trips abroad. The familiar white-robed figure, whose mere presence has paralyzed cities around the world, caused scarcely a stir as he swept through five Nordic countries.
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May 31, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inviting scents of cinnamon and cardamom waft from the crowded cafes along Karl Johans Gate where businessmen and bellboys, shoppers and students, take time each day to sip strong coffee and linger over a good book. It is a sensuous indulgence that can be seen in town and country across Scandinavia, where decades of economic prosperity have fostered comfort and culture, giving rise to educated societies that have both a hunger for intellectual diversion and the literary talent to feed it.
TRAVEL
December 23, 1990
Thank you for Jennifer Merin's article about Swedish handcrafts ("Sweden's Famous Maker of Dolls," Aug. 26). I am a collector of things from Scandinavia and found the information in the story particularly helpful. JOANNA BUSH Los Angeles
NEWS
January 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An Oslo court convicted two neo-Nazis of stabbing a black Norwegian teenager in what it called a clearly racist killing. The slaying of Benjamin Hermansen, 15, last year sparked anti-racism rallies across Scandinavia. The Oslo City Court convicted Joe Erling Jahr, 20, and Ole Nicolai Kvisler, 22, of first-degree murder in the case. It sentenced Jahr to 16 years in prison and Kvisler to 15.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Desperately seeking reindeer? Long after the Christmas season has ended, Travcoa leads a March tour of Finland and Sweden to see the real animals in their native Lapland. Participants on the 15-day Scandinavian trip meet the Sami, the indigenous people who herd reindeer, and learn some of their traditions by celebrating St. Maria's Day with them. Excursions via snowmobile, dog sled and even reindeer-pulled sleighs explore the arctic landscape. Highlights include crossing the Arctic Circle, spending a night in the famed Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, viewing the northern lights too touring Helsinki, where the trip begins, and Stockholm, where it ends.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix's next international launch will be in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the subscription video giant announced late Tuesday. The company will launch its streaming video service in Scandinavia by the end of 2012. It did not announce further details, except that it will give subscribers a mix of Hollywood movies and television shows along with local content for a monthly fee. Netflix previously said it would launch in a new European market later this year. The Times reported in 2011 that it was considering Scandinavia along with Spain and a combination of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The 66th Ojai Music Festival ended in high spirits Sunday. Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin put on clown's noses and played a hilarious - and spectacular - two-piano transcription of Stravinsky's "Circus Polka. " Andsnes, who is Norwegian, was this year's primarily serious and understated music director. But whatever it is in the Ojai atmosphere that causes the mountains to turn pink at sunset may also incite strange neurochemical uninhibitors in the brains of introspective Nordic music directors.
FOOD
April 21, 2011 | By Kalle Bergman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Easter in Scandinavia, like many holiday celebrations in this part of the world, is a colorful patchwork of customs, including bits and pieces of a lot of things: Passover, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter bunny, cute witches, huge amounts of oranges and the occasional shot of aquavit, all of it combined into what can be described only as an exhilarating and slightly confusing Easter stew. But one thing is clear: Easter in Scandinavia is very much about food. There isn't a single homogeneous Easter food tradition that spans all of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2008 | Marjorie Miller, Times Staff Writer
Stieg Larsson's debut crime novel, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," leaves you wanting more from an odd investigative duo. The good news is that this is the first of his "Millennium" trilogy -- there are two more completed books to come -- but there's also bad news: Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 at 50 before the mysteries were published, a premature end to a budding talent. There is a lot of buzz in Europe about these books, as there is about a whole slew of Scandinavian thrillers, and Larsson's rising reputation has preceded U.S. publication of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
WORLD
December 10, 2006 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
He ended up in a tipped-over chair, his tennis shoes pointing to the sky, blood running. It happened fast. The girls were out in backless dresses and the boys were ordering ice creams. Petar Grujic finished his cappuccino, clinked a few coins in the saucer for a tip. Pistol shots snapped the seaside air outside Cafe Nesta, and Grujic, a poker player and mafia confidant, tumbled backward. The masked shooter vanished down sunlit cobblestones.
NEWS
June 25, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A young Soviet hijacker claiming to have a bomb in his briefcase forced a Soviet domestic airliner with 78 passengers to land in Finland, then surrendered to police, airport officials said. The hijacker, a 21-year-old Russian identified as M. Varfolomeyev, asked for political asylum in Finland. Soviet authorities have asked for his extradition. It was the second hijacking of a Soviet aircraft to Finland in less than a week and the third to Scandinavia in two weeks.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
Nearly a month after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, a vague outline of the disaster's terrible legacy is emerging. Using computer projections, some scientists are predicting that thousands of Europeans and Soviets may develop cancer in the next several decades and that as many as 5,000 to 40,000 ultimately could die as a result.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2005 | From Reuters
Scandinavian countries, with Finland in the lead, have some of the world's most competitive economies despite high taxes and extensive social security systems, according to a study issued Wednesday. In the study, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum put the United States in second in its annual competitiveness league but recorded growing business concern over the Bush administration's handling of the nation's finances.
NEWS
January 13, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
From the cold climes of the Nordic countries comes a series of films marked by exceptional warmth. The Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. is composed of 10 foreign feature entries for the Oscars, and the three previewed all are marked by authentic concern for simple kindness and humanity -- qualities as welcome as they are rare on the screen. Erik Poppe's "Hawaii, Oslo" gets the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Writers Guild Theater, off to a great start.
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