December 2, 1990 |
Candlelight dinners are a passion of mine, as are candlelight breakfasts and candlelight snacks. That is one reason why I feel at home in Scandinavia, where candles flicker from mantles and window sills all year long. Their tear-drop flames dispel the darkness of winter and mellow the long sun of June. I remember having tea and sweet cakes on a rainy afternoon in Bergen, a day that was gray from sky to earth except for the golden glow of a slim white taper on my table.
March 23, 1986 |
Young travelers are shifting their interest in international destinations this year, says a leading youth travel service. "We've definitely noticed more people inquiring about Northern Europe (Scandinavia) and the South Pacific," says Gillian Bathchilder of the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Fortunately, both areas offer some good opportunities for young visitors. In Stockholm, you can stay on a clipper ship in the city harbor for less than $10 a night.
April 21, 2011 |
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.
January 19, 1992 |
SAS is offering a "Visit Scandinavia Fare" that can save money on air travel within or between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. To take advantage of the program, travelers buy from one to six discount coupons for use on flights. Prices are $80 for one coupon, $160 for two, $230 for three coupons, $300 for four, $360 for five and $420 for all six. The catch is that travelers have to fly round trip to Scandinavia on SAS to qualify for the program.
June 14, 1992 |
Travelers headed to Copenhagen this summer can take advantage of a city card good for free admission to more than 50 museums and attractions, plus unlimited travel on bus and rail services in the greater metropolitan area and discounts on ferries to Sweden. The card, which has to be purchased in Copenhagen, costs $20 for one day, $35 for two days and $43 for three days. These prices are valid through April 30, 1993.
April 20, 2003 |
HOW can we retrace the steps of the Lewis & Clark Expedition? What are the best ways to save money on vacation? What's the least expensive of the three major Scandinavian countries to visit? We receive travel questions all the time; here are a few answers. * The 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition is approaching. What's the best way to make the same trip? The route taken by the Lewis & Clark Expedition begins just outside St. Louis and ends at Ft. Clatsop on the Oregon Coast.
December 3, 1998 |
One of Finland's celebrated designers, Ristomatti Ratia, unveiled his "Northern Lights" art glass collection at Design Finland in the Pacific Design Center recently. Son of the founder of legendary Marimekko Design, Ratia has won honors for designs in many fields, including modular furniture systems, interiors and wallpaper collections. He took a break from the showroom party at Design Finland to discuss his country, his work and the design world in general.
June 30, 1991 |
Sexism is supposed to be dead in the egalitarian Nordic countries, but it still haunts the home and corporate boardrooms. The socialist democracies of northern Europe take pride in 20 years of tough laws and affirmative action against sex discrimination. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland rank high in surveys on the status of women. Citizens publicly embrace equality and women challenge men for political leadership. Despite that, career women still trail men in pay and opportunity.
December 14, 1988 |
A British consultant recalled recently how Swedish delegates to an international economic conference that she attended in the 1950s were quickly dubbed "the quiet men" by other participants. "They arrived punctually, were always very polite and well-dressed but stuck together and rarely opened their mouths," said the consultant, Jean Phillips-Martinsson, who advises businesses on cultural stereotypes. "That was 30 years ago, and nothing has changed since."
December 22, 1985 |
Santa Claus doesn't live just at the North Pole. He lives in Finland, or maybe Norway or Sweden or Greenland or Iceland, all of which claim him--and all of which have special offices to answer letters to Santa. The five Nordic countries compete for the hearts and minds of children all over the world at this time of year, responding to hundreds of thousands of letters as Christmas approaches.