I am a fan of Norway’s slow TV, defined on Wikipedia as “a genre of live ‘marathon’ television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. Its name is derived both from the long endurance of the broadcast as well as from the natural slow pace of the television program’s progress.”
Click the above photo for “Hurtigruten – A 134-hour voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes” on nrk.no.
This is something I find very appealing. I don’t think it would go over well here in Canada, however. If I may make a sweeping generalization, Canadians seem to have shorter attention spans and require faster-paced, more stimulating content to stay interested. I am not a typical Canadian, in more ways than one. I don’t like hockey, I don’t like maple syrup, and when it comes to stimulation, I find that everyday life provides more than enough for me. I tend to seek things to soothe and calm myself, and slow TV is right up my alley. I sometimes turn the sound down and put on my own music playlist, then tune out my surroundings and get absorbed in the scenery.
A good way to find more of this type of content is to go to YouTube and search “minutt for minutt.”
The Nordic pop and indie music I’ve been listening to lately ranges from delightfully cheerful tunes…
NONONO – Pumpin Blood
…to the bleakest, most hauntingly beautiful sounds that have ever hit your eardrums.
Sailor & I – Tough Love
There’s a great documentary on Nordic music available to watch for free on Snag Films. It’s worth watching as much for the scenery as for the music. Click here: Northern Sounds
I’ve made a Spotify playlist that contains over 10 hours of modern Scandinavian/Nordic music. Feel free to have a listen:
I’m always on the lookout for new artists to check out. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions.
I have an obsession with Nordic countries and culture. I am half Finnish and there’s also a bit of Swedish in the family tree, but my interest is not limited to Finland and Sweden. I think Iceland is beautiful, Denmark is the epitome of cool, and I have a particular affinity for Norway, with its stunning scenery, great music, and hilarious comedians. This blog will be an outlet for my thoughts and a place to gather all the wonderful things I find online that feed my insatiable appetite for all things Scandinavian and Nordic.