Sweden

Paganism is alive and well – but you won’t find it at a Goddess Temple

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The rise of modern paganism – and the persistence of the real thing

Hiding in Moominland: the conflicted life of Tove Jansson

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Tove Jansson’s father was a sculptor specialising in war memorials to the heroes of the White Guard of the Finnish…

Don't want paternity leave? Soon, you may not have a choice

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the law changed to enable men to share the leave that women are currently entitled to after…

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev…

Wave goodbye to the weight-gaining, drunk-driving Inspector Wallander

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Some years ago I met the Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he was…

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The fatal mistakes of Sweden's David Cameron

20 September 2014 9:00 am

What Cameron can learn from the defeat of Swedish moderniser Fredrik Reinfeldt

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut — and if America comes for him we should take his side

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made…

Pick of the crime novels

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Stuart MacBride’s new novel, A Song for the Dying (HarperCollins, £16.99, Spectator Bookshop, £14.99), is markedly darker in tone than…

Playground bullies and the contradiction at the heart of democracy

22 February 2014 9:00 am

A new book by a Swedish psychiatrist has just come out that I like the sound of. It’s called How…

Why are Scandinavians so happy when they should be so sad? 

25 January 2014 9:00 am

As I sit here in my Sarah Lund Fair Isle sweater, polishing my boxed sets of Borgen and nibbling on…

Why Sweden has riots

8 June 2013 9:00 am

The fault-line in Polly Toynbee’s perfect society

Crime, corruption and sadism? No, the real Sweden is stunning - as I have discovered

11 May 2013 9:00 am

I am on my first ever visit to Sweden and enjoying it greatly. My idea of this country had recently…

From gloom to dispair

17 February 2010 12:00 am

In little more than a decade, the cosy world of Anglo-American crime fiction has been transformed by wave after wave of Scandinavian invaders.

Good women and bad men

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Just in case you hadn’t guessed after nearly 1,800 pages of the ‘Millennium’ trilogy, the late Stieg Larsson has his alter-ego hero Mikel Blomkvist spell it out.