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Want To Visit Scandinavia? Read These Three Books First!

February 12th, 2019
Thinking of using your Hotelgift for your trip to Scandinavia? Before you visit any of the three countries, it might be a good idea to get to know a little bit more about the culture and history of local people.

As per Conde Nast’s article, ambassadors of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, recommend you read these books to dive into the culture of the countries.

Denmark – Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg

Danish Ambassador H.E. Lars Gert Lose highly recommends this fictional novel set in Copenhagen to all non-Danes before visiting. He claims “it is a book that touches on issues such as Danish culture versus Greenlandic and the related issues of language and identity”.

This book is a crime novel about a death of a six-year-old boy. The police said it was an accident. However, his neighbour Smilia seems to think this has not been the case. Dive into this case while learning a lot about Danish culture and Copenhagen.

Norway –  The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Scandinavian nations do love their crime books and crime series and Norway is no exception. The ambassador of Norway H.E. Kåre R. Aas highly recommends you read The Snowman before visiting Norway.

Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and is considered to be one of the best crime authors of our time. The book is set in Oslo and the story is chilling, captivating and full of suspense. The story revolves around the anti-hero police detective Harry Hole. Jo wrote many novels about the detective Harry Hole, and all so good that they made the whole nation dedicated to his pieces and the books representative of the culture.

Sweden – Nordic Ways by András Simonyi

Not a crime novel! Nordic Ways is a collection of essays reflecting on not just Swedish, but all five Nordic Cultures. H.E. Björn Lyrvall claims it is an important read for everyone trying to get to know the Nordic people as it “describes life in the North from different perspectives”.

This book is a reflection of what it means to be Nordic in business, politics, arts and technology. It talks about gender equality. innovation, press and economic success. This book will not only educate you on what it means to be Swedish but also about the important interrelationships of Nordic countries and societies.

Now you won’t just have an amazing hotel to stay in thanks to our wonderful booking engine, but you will also be prepared to take on the Nordic countries with a head full of knowledge about the local people. 


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