Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sankt Hans Bonfire – 20 June 2015

skthansIt is time again for sending off the Scandinavian witches to Bloksbjerg.

Again this year, bring your picnic and come along to Nordic House on Saturday 20 June from 3.30pm for the Skt Hans bonfire . The hot dogs will be as good as ever, the gløgg as delicious as ever and all things, including the bonfire, will be on a smaller, more intimate scale.

Come and join in the lighting of a bonfirat dusk, sing the traditional songs to the sounds of Karen Margrethe’s piano accordion and have a splendid evening, as always, at one of the favourite social events hosted by the Association.

From the Committee

2015_06_11 From the CommitteeWe had a lovely Over 50s lunch on Friday 8 May with just over 20 people present. It is always  good to catch up with friends over a good lunch however we missed both Jostein and Maggie who have left Perth for Norway and Melbourne respectively. Thank you to Nina for organising the lunch and to everyone for bringing delicious food.

On 6 June, we celebrated the Nordic National days for Iceland, Sweden and Denmark, which all fall in June, by enjoying delicious cake and bleskiver.
Thanks to Rita for being host and also a thank you to those who have offered to host a roster at Nordic House on Saturday afternoon. It is much appreciated.

We still though have many Saturdays with spots to fill. Given that more than half of respondents to the recent Nordic House survey indicated that  they would be prepared to host an afternoon at Nordic House, it really is time that some of those people actually nominated to do so. Please email Marianne at attfield@iinet.net.au and indicate a time when you are available to be the host.

This year we will again send a small witch off to Bloksbjerg from Nordic
House on Saturday 20 June from 3.30 pm onwards. There will be hot dogs, gløgg and hot chocolate available to warm you should it be a cold day or just because you have been looking forward all year to this annual special treat. And Karen Margrethe will again be there to entertain us with the traditional St Hans music as the fire is lit. We look forward to seeing you there. Young and old are all welcome.

The next busy bee is coming up soon too, on Sunday 12 July at 9am. There are always jobs to do in and around Nordic House, so please come and help as some of the regular helpers won’t be able to attend this busy bee. Again survey respondents indicated an overwhelming support that members should help out occasionally at these busy bees so please put your words into action and come  along for a few hours on this day.

Please circle Saturday 12 September on your calendar and keep it free to attend the Association’s annual general meeting. It is vital that you, the members, attend this meeting to hear what is happening within the Association and to discuss the future directions the Association should take. Full details and documentation relating to the meeting will be sent to all members in early August.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our coming events and, as always,
appreciate any feedback you wish to share with one of your committee members.

With best regards
The Committee

Scandinavian Film Festival 2015 in Perth

After the stunning success of the debut Scandinavian Film Festival last year, the 2015 program, presented by Palace and screening exclusively at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge between 23 July and 29 July 2015, will showcase the most exciting dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

The second Scandinavian Film Festival will open with the uproarious HERE IS HAROLD (Her er Harold), a Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea.  For over 40 years, Harold has been running a successful business, “Lunde Furniture”.  But this comes to an end when IKEA decides to open a new superstore right next door to his small furniture shop.  In mounting anger and desperation, Harold wants revenge.  He arms himself with a pistol and sets off for Älmhult, Sweden, in order to kidnap his Nemesis – the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad.  But unfortunately, Kamprad is quite happy to be kidnapped.

Having picked up Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and seven more awards at the Edda (Icelandic Academy) Awards, unsparing Icelandic drama LIFE IN A FISH BOWL (Vonarstræti) tells three congruent tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another.

This naturalistic portrait of everyday life in Reykjavik on the eve of the country’s 2008 economic meltdown touched a nerve on home turf, becoming one of the country’s biggest ever domestic hits.

Based on a series of Finnish radio plays,  THE GRUMP (Mielensäpahoittaja) is a broad satire from director Dome Karukoski who returns to the comedy-of-bad behaviour mode of his 2010 box office hit LAPLAND ODYSSEY.  The film tells the story of a set-in-his-ways, 80 year old farmer from rural Finland, who raises hell when he is forced to move in with his city-dwelling son.

A modern take on class conflict plays out in the critically acclaimed debut film UNDERDOG (Svenskjävel) by Swedish director Ronnie Sandahl.  The drama tells the story of 23 year old Dino (magnetic comedian Bianca Kronlöf) who dreams of a different life.  Like an abundance of Swedes her age, she has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a nouveau-riche Oslo. But her new life is caught in destructive loop of temporary jobs, financial trouble and hard partying, until she lands a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy ex-sportsman, ending up in the centre of an odd love triangle, an unpredictable struggle for affection as well as dominance. UNDERDOG is a tender and raw story of privilege and longing, yet at the same time a humorous and unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway.

Named by Variety as one of the “TOP 10 EUROPEANS TO WATCH”, Norwegian Writer/Actor/Director Ole Giæver brings us OUT OF NATURE (Mot nature), a commentary on middle-class life and the Norwegian penchant for idealizing nature. With a wry Scandinavian sense of humor, OUT OF NATURE is a sharp and compelling film about a put-upon salary man who seeks spiritual and sexual renewal in the great outdoors.

Danish thrillers once again take center stage with this taught sequel to smash hit THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES. In THE ABSENT ONE (Fasandræberne), a troubling affair involving a double murder of twin siblings is reopened by the Copenhagen cold-case division after the kids’ father commits suicide. The Nordic noir-style mystery that toggles between the past and the present as it uncovers what really happened in the 1990s at one of the country’s poshest boarding schools is the second adaptation of a Jussi Adler-Olsen novel in the Department Q series.

This film brings the entire behind-the-scenes team back together with director Mikkel Norgaard and lead actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares.

From Sweden, YOUNG SOPHIE BELL (Unga Sophie Bell) is Amanda Adolfsson’s longed for debut feature, and the second film to come out of Stockholm Film Festival’s scholarship for female directors. In the drama, two university friends move to Berlin after graduating, but their dreams are shattered when one suddenly and mysteriously disappears.

For further details on the Festival, visit the Festival web site at www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.

Dual citizenship available for Danes

Danish Australian FlagsThe Danish Parliament passed a bill on dual citizenship in December 2014. The new law will take effect on 1 September 2015, and from then on, Danish citizens may obtain Australian citizenship without losing their Danish citizenship. Furthermore, a lost Danish citizenship, due to the attainment of an Australian citizenship, can generally be regained within a 5-year period (until 2020).

The Danish Embassy advises, that persons wishing to obtain dual citizenship, await the deadline of 1 September 2015, before an application is lodged, since the current law is still in effect until then. The State Administration in Copenhagen (Statsforvaltningen) will be the responsible authority for handling applications for Danish citizenship under the new law.

The new law does not change the current regulation for Danish children born abroad. Children born and living outside

Denmark still lose their Danish citizenship at the age of 22 unless retention is applied for, and approved by, the Danish Ministry of Justice. Therefore, these children should still apply to the Danish Ministry of Justice for retention of their Danish citizenship well before the age of 22.

For further information, please refer to the Danish Embassy’s webpage, which will be updated as soon as new information is available: http://australien.um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/dokumenter-og-gebyrer/dobbelt- statsborgerskab/ (Danish) http://australien.um.dk/en/travel-and- residence/documents-and-fees/danish- citizenship/ (English)

From the Royal Danish Embassy, Canberra