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The vehicles of the future are being electrified, autonomous and connected. The vehicles of the future will also be more environmentally friendly than current ones. Gothenburg in Sweden is the hub of automotive industry with long roots in manufacturing and innovation. Two famous automotive neighbors are residing in Sweden’s Motor City – Volvo and Polestar. On the morning of 14 April 1927, the first Volvo car drove out through the factory gates in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. The car was officially called the ÖV4 and it was an open tourer with a four-cylinder engine. The world’s first Volvo was ready to hit the road. When the Volvo XC90 was launched in 2002, it became an instant success all over the world. It redefined the segment for big SUVs and became Sweden’s most important export product within a few years. The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, based in Hangzhou, took over ownership of the Volvo brand in 2010. For the first time, in 2013, Volvo operated a complete manufacturing plant outside Europe. It was inaugurated in the city of Chengdu, where the company initially produced the Volvo S60L and XC60. ******************************* Read also: 240 Norwegian Landscapes with a Volvo 240 Somewhere in the Image ******************************* Today, the vast majority of Volvo vehicles are assembled in Sweden, mainly at the Torslanda and Skovde facilities. Volvo cars for the Asian market are assembled across four facilities in China. Volvo Cars recently opened a plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, where all American market Volvo S60 sedans are made. The Swedish automotive brand Polestar was established in 1996 as Flash Engineering. It was later rebranded Polestar Racing, then acquired in 2015 by Volvo Cars. It is also headquartered in Torslanda outside Gothenburg, Sweden. Its vehicles are produced in China, home to Volvo’s corporate parent Geely. The Polestar name originates from the STCC Polestar racing team which spawned Polestar Performance AB, in turn acquired by Volvo Cars in July 2015. The racing team changed its name to Cyan Racing, while maintaining close ties to Volvo. In 2017, it surprised the automotive world with a limited run of its hybrid sport coupé, Polestar 1. Two years later came Polestar 2, a battery-electric five-door fast-back. In September 2021, Polestar announced an intention to go public and Polestar shares began trading on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol PSNY on 24 June 2022. The Polestar brand is one of many to enter the global automotive market over the past few years. Head of Design, Maximilian Missoni, talks about the optimized headroom, low roofline, sleek silhouette, and other design details of the Polestar 3 that give it its distinct expression, unique in the world of SUVs. Polestar 4, out next year, will be a “crossover SUV-coupe” with sharp hips and an extended glass roof without rear window. Polestar 5 is said to be a sexy, low-slung four-door grand tourer, based on the company’s first dedicated platform, created at its R&D base in the UK. Polestar was never destined to become the electric division of Volvo. Both are distinct companies under the Geely Holding umbrella, and Volvo Cars’ electric range is fast evolving with ambitions to be all-EV by 2030. Two Famous Automotive Neighbors in Sweden’s Motor City, written by Tor Kjolberg
Danish furniture and design company Hay has launched its new Holiday & Winter Accessories Collection, including new logo bags and laptop covers, extensions to different rug styles, as well as exciting additions to its candles collection. Find out more about the Holiday & winter accessories from the Danish design company. Hay creates contemporary furniture and design products with an eye for modern living and has a great stake in Copenhagen’s position as a city of world-class design. The Danish interior design shop Hay House is located on the second floor in Østergade street, also known as Strøget pedestrian shopping street, in central Copenhagen. However, you don’t need to go to Copenhagen to purchase your Holiday gifts. Hay’s products are only clicks away. Below are just a few gift ideas. Candy Stripe Shopper & Wash Bag For those on the go, the Candy Stripe series is a collection of colorful and practical bags for carrying shopping and other everyday items. Thoughtfully made in a strong and durable material with 80% recycled plastic, the designs vary from a small, hand-held bag to a super-sized shopper. Prices: Candy Stripe Shopper from 9 EUR / 8 GBP / 10 USD / 59 DKK / 89 SEK / 85 NOK Candy Stripe Wash Bag from 7 EUR / 7 GBP / 10 USD / 49 DKK / 75 SEK / 69 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Rugs & Mats Crafted from a jute-wool blend with a two-tone design and eye-catching contrast trim, HAY’s Door Mat now comes in three new colors and an extended version named Door Mat Long. Comprising bold vertical stripes in contrasting colors, the Stripes Rug collection features a clean, graphic design that creates the illusion of extra length. They come in durable and traceable New Zealand wool on a cotton warp in a variety of lengths and color combinations. Prices: Door Mat from 55 EUR / 55 GBP / 369 DKK / 589 SEK / 579 NOK Stripes and Stripes from 79 EUR / 79 GBP / 549 DKK / 869 SEK / 859 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Indulgent Tableware Made from borosilicate glass, the new Tint Coupe Glass in pale pink and Tint Wine Glass in pink and green are elegant and simple designs suitable for serving wine, water, juice, other beverages, and even desserts. The Glass Spoon is a HAY kitchen essential now available in two new colorways. Crafted in flexible and durable silicone, the compact design of the Ice Cube Tray is now also available in yet more colors to brighten the kitchen. Prices: Glass Spoon (set of 2) 45 EUR / 39 GBP / 299 DKK / 479 SEK / 469 NOK Tint Coupe Glass (set of 2) 49 EUR / 45 GBP / 349 DKK / 549 SEK / 549 NOK Ice Cube Trays 19 EUR / 20 GBP / 149 DKK / 239 SEK / 229 NOK Tint Wine Glass 45 EUR / 39 GBP / 299 DKK / 479 SEK / 469 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Bathroom Essentials HAY has applied new colors to the fun and functional Tann Toothbrush designed by Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik and manufactured by tooth care professionals Jordan in post-consumer recycled polypropylene. To go with it, HAY’s Toothbrush Holder has been updated in matching colors. Prices: Tann Toothbrush 5 EUR / 5 GBP / 35 DKK / 55 SEK / 55 NOK Tann Toothbrush Holder 10 EUR / 10 GBP / 69 DKK / 109 SEK / 109 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Candles Galore With their selection of original colors, shapes and sizes, HAY candles aren’t just for burning, they are decorative objects that can be used alone or in clusters to create unique compositions. The candles come in a variety of twisted, conical, or spiral designs in different colors and lengths. The Pattern Candle, Gradient Candle, Column Candle and Column Candleholder are added to the growing assortment this season. Prices: Column Candle from 25 EUR / 25 GBP / 159 DKK / 249 SEK / 249 NOK Column Candle Holder from 25 EUR / 25 GBP / 159 DKK / 249 SEK / 249 NOK Pattern Candle 5 EUR / 5 GBP / 129 DKK / 45 SEK / 45 NOK Gradient Candle 25 EUR / 25 GBP / 169 DKK / 269 SEK / 269 NOK Tube Candle Holder 17 EUR / 17 GBP / 119 DKK / 189 SEK / 185 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Flare Candleholder The delicate yet sturdy borosilicate glass candle holder crafted out of colored, mouth-blown glass, now comes in White and Dark Blue colors. Prices: Flare Candle Holder 35 EUR / 35 GBP / 159 DKK / 399 SEK / 389 NOK All prices are recommended retail prices. Text and images © Hay
Oscar Wilde once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Why shouldn’t that notion apply to travel? Hotels.com is now launching a Scandinavian travel guide named Dupes of Scandinavia in which you can travel within Scandinavia to look-alike destinations like Golden Gate Bridge, Venice or Sahara, to name just a few. Do you believe that the photo above was taken by the 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Norway ? A good guess, but in fact it’s a model of the stave church in Washington Island, USA. The idyllic village has long been an oasis for Scandinavian-Americans, especially folks of Icelandic and Danish decent. Here you can visit Jacobsen Museum, K.K. Fiske Restaurant – and of course the island’s traditional stavkirke. According to Hotels.com, the extreme weather in Southern Europe, rising costs of living and trends on social media have led to new travel trends which are likely to grow stronger in 2024. This means an increased demand for travel to cooler destinations . More travelers are expected to holiday in northern latitudes and in destinations considered less popular. A growing travel trend is to go to the so-called “destination dupes”. These are places that resemble or act as alternatives to famous destinations, which are often hidden gems with the same atmosphere, but perhaps more affordable in terms of price. In fact, as many as 76% of Danes have either booked a trip for a destination dupe or are considering doing so. Furthermore, just under a third prefer to travel to less popular and hidden gems rather than the safer and tried-and-tested tourist destinations. If you’ve ever found yourself on vacation thinking that the place you’re in feels remarkably familiar, maybe that’s because it is. Across the world, there are cities, neighborhoods, buildings, and landmarks that bear a striking resemblance to others — often continents apart. If you’ve been dreaming of faraway lands with powdery white sands and turquoise waters, or cobblestone streets surrounded by European architecture, you don’t necessarily have to purchase an international flight! Let’s give you some examples. If you’re living in North America and have dreamed of going to Norway, there is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage site located around an hour from Halifax in Canada, called Lunenburg (nicknamed Norway of the North). With an atmosphere straight out of a Norwegian fairytale, its rows of colourful homes, picturesque charm and artisan galleries will make you feel like you’ve just been transported to Scandinavia. Canada’s “Norway of the North” also boasts a distinctive, historic waterfront lined with countless fish restaurants, all reminiscent of a Norwegian coastal town. Drive through the Icelandic countryside and you’ll likely come across an impressive number of waterfalls. Though you can see plenty from the country’s famed Ring Road, one of the most remarkable is Háifoss, located on the Fossá River on the edge of the Icelandic Highlands. Its name translates to “the high waterfall,” which is apt when you consider it drops a staggering 400 feet to the valley floor. Standing in front of Maletsunyane Falls in the southern African mountain nation of Lesotho, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the North Atlantic — like its European counterpart, it plunges over basalt softened by lush green vegetation. You’ll find the 600-foot-tall single cataract near the village of Semonkong, whose name means “smoky place” thanks to the near-constant spray from the waterfall. If you have a head for heights, you can even arrange to rappel down the side of the falls. The Fiordland region of New Zealand is home to some of this South Pacific island nation’s most dramatic scenery. Craggy granite mountains rise out of the water, including the famous Mitre Peak (Rahotu in the language of the country’s Indigenous Māori peoples) in the UNESCO-listed Milford Sound (Piopiotahi). Nearby Doubtful Sound boasts bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and penguins. In both places, waterfalls — some of which stretch hundreds of feet tall — plunge over towering cliffs. Inland, the area’s glacial valleys are just as breathtaking and best appreciated from the air. But you don’t need to travel to the Southern Hemisphere to find remarkably similar scenery. In Europe, the Norwegian coastline is also known for its fjords — in fact, the word has origins in Old Norse. Highlights of the region include Nærøyfjord, an extraordinarily beautiful arm of the Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord, known for its three waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil. Even as you move away from the coast, you don’t lose the wow factor — take, for instance, Trolltunga, a spectacular rocky precipice jutting out over Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The guide Dupes of Scandinavia from Hotels.com presents Scandinavian destinations which are destination dupes for well-known destinations all over the world. The aim of the guide is to inspire travelers to try new destinations, which in some cases can be cheaper, less crowded and maybe even just around the corner. Hotel.s com clams that the guide presents ”Norway’s answer to Venice, the Danish version of the Sahara in Jutland and a destination dupe for Mallorca in Scania. The main reasons why Danes want to book a destination dupe are that it is cheaper (47%), closely followed by the fact that there are fewer people (46%), and that it provides a more exciting experience and a closer interaction with the culture of the local area (40%). And there are plenty of places in Scandinavia that offer all three things, says Senior PR Director at Hotels.com and continues: ”Scandinavia actually has much of what can be found in the rest of Europe and the world, and many places are surprisingly similar to each other. With the guide, we hope to inspire more people to find the perfect place for them in new destinations and in new cultures, regardless of whether it concerns a trip abroad or exploring what is right outside the door,” hotels.com states in a press release. Other suggestions from the guide are: Drottningholm Palace (dupe for Versailles) Högakustenbron (dupe for Golden Gate Bridge) Visby (dupe for Dubrovnik) Nyhavn (dupe for Amsterdam) Kronborg (dupe for San Felipe del Morro Castle) Geiranger Fjord (dupe for Milford Sound) Nidaros Cathedral (dupe for Westminster Abbey) Without naming them dupes or look-alikes, Daily Scandinavian has also compared different destinations. In our article Denmark – A paradise for Surfers, we pinpointed that Klintmøller’s nickname is “Cold Hawaii”. Nord-Sjælland (North Zealand), north of Copenhagen, has been named the Danish Riviera. There are many reasons for this. Stunning landscapes, castles and museums combined with endless sandy beaches make North Zealand an all year-round favorite. When you add the world-renowned culinary scene and countless cultural lures, the name ‘the Danish Riviera’ is well and truly earnt. However, “dupe destinations” aren’t destinations that will offer the same cultural experiences as the “non-dupe” spots. But these destinations do have enough in common that if you are seeking a type of vacation that offers specific features, you’d find yourself pretty satisfying. For instance, Expedia.com points out that Palermo and Lisbon both offer “Moorish castles, jaw-dropping views of the harbors, fresh oysters, and cotton-candy sunsets,” and that Taipei and Seoul are both tech destinations. Look-Alike Destinations in Scandinavia, edited by Tor Kjolberg
C. F. Møller Architects has a track record of winning important, large-scale projects based on sustainable and aesthetic solutions with lasting value for clients, occupants and society. C. F. Møller is creating architecture based on Nordic values. The international architect business C. F. Møller, founded in the 1920s, and Berg arkitektkontor, founded in the 1950s, merged in 2007. The joint venture has made it one of Scandinavia’s most versatile and reputable architectural offices. Ongoing research based on more than 90 years of experience combined with modern digital tools and a design approach which uniquely integrates architecture, interior, landscape, urbanism and product design have secured the company several winning projects all over Scandinavia and internationally. ****************************************************** You may also be interested in reading Nordic Architecture in High Demand in China. ****************************************************** In addition, the company has a particular long history within healthcare. Hospitals, for instance, play a crucial role in a welfare society by fostering a strong sense of community in welcoming and spectacular surroundings. Hospital buildings serve a purpose beyond mere functionality, reflecting a belief that we are all equal with shared thoughts, hopes, and concerns. C. F. Møller’s architectural quality is driven by such values and prioritizes optimal daylight conditions, carefully selected natural materials and surfaces, and integration with landscape design and greenery. It is extremely important for the company to keep a close dialogue with clients and to discuss problems and solutions. ************************************************ You may also be interested in reading Scandinavian ‘Oscars of Architecture’. ************************************************ Recent works include: 2021: Flexible and sustainable office complex and park that supports the playful culture of the LEGO® Group. 2021: ZenhousesThe buildings’ design weaves the indoors and the outdoors together, since the landscape and the outdoor environments are a significant element of how the homes are experienced. 2023: Mjøsfronten is a 50,000 square meter lakeside area in Hamar municipality, Norway. The project aims to create a vibrant meeting place and connect the city of Hamar closer to Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. 2023: Extension of RWTH Aachen University Hospital Expansion of the iconic hospital complex RWTH in Aachen, Germany. The expansion will contain a ‘state-of-the-art’ surgery ward with intensive care units and a new public entrance hall. Today, C. F. Møller Architects has offices in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Stockholm, Berlin and Malmö. Creating Architecture Based on Nordic Values, edited by Tor Kjolberg Feature image (on top): Oslo Horizon – a large-scale transformation project totaling 82,000 m² with a focus on adaptive re-use, is being created on a central site next to the Oslo central station area. All images © C. F. Møller Architects.
It’s no secret that Scandinavian winters are cold. From December to February, temperatures can easily dip to -20 Celsius. What’s the secret to Scandinavians staying healthy during Scandinavian winters? Being able to maintain your physical and mental health during the winter, especially when it’s dark and cold, is crucial to staying content through the season. There are many existing lifestyle practices that make Nordic countries excel in winter wellness, and they go far beyond just bundling up and lighting a fire. Whether you’re new to the Nordic lifestyle or you want to take a more holistic approach toward thriving during the Scandinavian winter, some of these practices can make a big difference. By putting them in place this season, you might end up enjoying and embracing winter more than ever before.
Practicing Self-CareWith short, dark, cold days, it can be tempting to stay in bed and indulge in comfort food more often than not. While that’s okay on occasion, that kind of lifestyle for the whole season can leave you feeling down and depressed. Practicing self-care is important year-round. In the winter, however, certain aspects of it can be challenging. You might find it hard to be physically active when it’s cold outside. Additionally, your access to healthy food might be limited by transportation issues. Higher fuel prices can make it difficult for certain areas of the world to easily access healthy imported produce that comes from further away. When you are able to find healthy ingredients, they could be more costly and might not always fit into your budget. As often as possible, source your food locally. Get in touch with local farmers and ranchers and you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and how it was grown or raised. Not only will you likely pay less for local fare, but knowing where it comes from can give you peace of mind about sustainable living. You can also choose to grow or forage your own food and can or preserve it for the winter. The Scandinavian countryside has a wide variety of nutrient-rich berries that can be picked during warmer weather and frozen for later use, or made into sweet jams you can enjoy all winter long. Even better, choose to spend some time outside. Being outdoors is great for your mental health, and there are plenty of winter activities that will get you moving.
Get Out of the HouseEmbrace your inner child with some fun winter sports, and you won’t even realize you’re getting in a great workout that will keep you fit and healthy all season long. Some fun activities that you could consider are :
- Ice skating
- Dog sledding
- Christmas markets
- Viewing the Northern Lights
- Staying in an ice hotel
Do What the Nordics DoIf you really want to make the most of a Scandinavian winter, consider adopting some of the practices that make the Nordic people so content with this season. For example, hygge is a Danish practice that simply involves creating a cozy atmosphere at home. Light some candles, invite a few friends over, and enjoy good food together. Or, light a fire in the fireplace, curl up with a cozy blanket, and put on your favorite holiday film. The act of being comfortable, cozy, and content can go a long way in contributing to your mental health throughout the winter. Scandinavians also have plenty of reasons to celebrate throughout the winter months. The celebration of St. Lucia’s Day, for example, causes communities to decorate for weeks, adding to the comfortable and cozy environment of the season. St. Lucia’s Day gives people the opportunity to get together with family and friends. It’s a day of feasting and fun and a fantastic way to embrace the season. While Scandinavian winters can be harsh and cold, they can also be a lot of fun, and extremely comforting. Embrace the season, be mindful of your health and well-being, and it might end up being your favorite time of year. Staying healthy during Scandinavian winters, written dedicatedly for Daily Scandinavian by Ainsley Lawrence. Ainsley is a regular contributor to Daily Scandinavian. She is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. Ainsley is interested in better living. through technology and education. She is frequently lost in a good book. Feature image (on top): ©: Daniel Frank/Unsplash
Åland is part of Finland, but Ålenders speak Swedish. How come? Learn more about the fascinating history of Åland. Åland consists of 6,757 islands situated midway between Sweden and Finland in the Baltic. Although Åland is part of the Republic of Finland, it has its own autonomous parliament. In areas where Åland has its own legislation, the group of islands essentially operates as an independent nation. In connection to the celebrations of the Åland 100th anniversary in 2022, Ålanders nominated the Åland pancake as the local course of the century. If the original recipe should contain rice or semolina, is still discussed. Åland has been Finnish territory since 1809, but Åland is the subject of no fewer than four international treaties, which give it significant government autonomy from Finland – and a demilitarized status. This means that no armed forces can be stationed there in peacetime. This began in 1856, after the Crimean War. Åland’s largest island is Fasta Åland, where the capital Mariehamn is located. West of Åland lies the Sea of Åland, a waterway between Roslagen in Sweden and Åland. To the east, the Åland archipelago borders the Åboland archipelago in Finland. The first and the oldest crisps factory in Finland is located in Haraldsby in Åland. Åland’s proximity to Stockholm meant that, in words attributed to Napoleon III, a military base there would be “a pistol pointing directly to the Swedish heart”. Åland is a member of the EU and its currency is the euro, but Åland’s relationship with the EU is regulated by way of a special protocol. In order to maintain the important sale of duty-free goods on ferries operating between Finland and Sweden, Åland is not part of the EU’s VAT area. This is a ‘sunshine story’. Talking about sunshine, Åland is the sunniest place in the Nordic countries in May–August. But back to history. After the Crimean War, the victorious French and British insisted that Russia, which controlled Åland at the time, keep it free of fortifications. This was reiterated three times in diplomatic settlements after the First World War, The Finnish-Soviet Winter War and the Second World War. The most important sources of income for Åland are shipping and ferry services, tourism, and the processing of agricultural and fishery products. All cars in Åland have licence plates that start with the letter Å. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year has prompted a tightening-up of Baltic security. Finland joined Nato in April and has increased its military spending by 36 per cent. Sweden, whose Nato bid is awaiting ratification from Turkey and Hungary, conducted its largest military exercise in 25 years this spring and is refortifying the Baltic island of Gotland. Most of the roads in Åland are red due to the red granite found in Åland which the asphalt used there mostly consist of. Red lights are now also given to Åland’s strategic position in the Baltic, the demilitarization has come under scrutiny. Several MPs in Helsinki’s new right-wing coalition support scrapping the policy. What will then happen to the popular golf courses on Åland? Åland is a disc golf paradise with 11 disc golf courses around the archipelago. Many of the courses have access to the sea, which makes playing even more exciting. ************************************************ Want to learn about popular golf courses in Scandinavia? Here’s an Expat’s Guide to the Best Golf Courses in Scandinavia. ************************************************ It seemed unlikely that a small Baltic archipelago should be particularly cosmopolitan. Today, however, many residents come from Sweden, there are 300 Ukrainian refugees there, there is an Italian nightclub in Marienhamn, which in the summer may remind you of Rimini. Everybody there hope to retain demilitarization. Å – The Fascinating History of Åland, written by Tor Kjolberg Feature image (on top): Marienhamn, the capital © Rebecka Eriksson/Tallink-Silja Line.
Traveling to Norway is a dream come true for RV enthusiasts worldwide. The allure of breathtaking landscapes, encompassing serene lakes, expansive woodlands, rugged mountains, and the renowned Fjords, continues to captivate adventurers. Learn more about exploring Norway with your RV: A Comprehensive Guide. An RV tour across Norway is guaranteed to be an extraordinary adventure. Every mile is a scenic revelation, from traversing the striking south coast and journeying from Trollstigen to Geiranger, strolling amidst the vivid wooden houses in Bergen, and concluding the trip along Lofoten and the North Cape. Moreover, a fortunate traveler might witness the enchanting Northern Lights during this expedition. Convinced? Keep reading to learn about the essentials of camping in Norway!
Essential Guidelines for RV Travel in Norway
Parking and Overnight StaysNorwegian law permits parking RVs almost anywhere in the country for up to three days, provided no house is within a 150-meter radius. For those preferring designated RV sites, platforms like Campercontact offer numerous options.
Emergency HotlineIn Norway, it’s crucial to note the emergency contact number: 112. This number connects to ambulance services, the police, and the fire brigade.
************************************** Read also: Top 5 Travel Itineraries to Explore – the Allure of the Northern Region ************************************** Mandatory EquipmentCompliance with Norwegian regulations require carrying a warning triangle and safety vest in your RV. Fire extinguishers (minimum 2kg) are also mandatory for RVs with Norwegian registration plates. For the most up-to-date travel information about Norway, consult the central government site.
Navigating Norwegian Roads and TrafficUnderstanding the country’s speed limits is vital. They go as follows:
- Within built-up areas ≤ 3.5 tons: 50 km/h
- Inside built-up areas > 3.5 tons: 50 km/h
- Outside built-up areas ≤ 3.5 tons: 80 km/h
- Outside built-up areas > 3.5 tons: 80 km/h
- Motorway ≤ 3.5 tons: 90/100 km/h (potentially 110 km/h in summer; follow signs)
- Highway > 3.5 tons: 80 km/h
- Fines for exceeding the speed limit can reach a maximum of €460.
Toll Regulations in NorwaySince 2022, toll collection in Norway has become nearly fully automated. To make use of this system efficiently:
- Register your RV’s license plate in advance through Epass24 to access mail billing and view your toll history.
- Purchase an Autopass tag, toll badge, or OBUtag for automated toll payment and potential discounts on fees and ferries.
- Failure to register in advance may result in delayed bills through Sweden’s Epass24, with a camper over 3500kg incurring additional truck rates (200%).
Winter Travel ConsiderationsWhile winter tires are not mandatory for RVs, tires suitable for all weather conditions are essential. Heavy RVs should consider carrying snow chains, which are mandatory for company vehicles. Studded tires are permissible under specific conditions. Be aware of potential closures of mountain passes during the winter, especially for RVs registered as commercial vehicles (N1, N2, N3). ******************************************** Read also: Four family friendly activities to try in Norway ********************************************
Environmental RegulationsLow emission zones exist in Bergen, Oslo, and Kristiansand, each with varying access fees based on emission levels.
Exploring Norway with your RV: A Comprehensive Guide. In a NutshellRenting an RV in Norway provides unparalleled experiences amidst nature’s grandeur. Understanding the country’s regulations and roadways ensures a smooth and memorable journey through this picturesque land. Whether basking in the midnight sun or chasing the mystical Northern Lights, Norway beckons all RV enthusiasts to indulge in its beauty responsibly. Exploring Norway with your RV: A Comprehensive Guide, written for Daily Scandinavian by Pedidos Purulink.
Couples planning to get married in Denmark should get started with the legal formalities as soon as possible. Several months out is not too soon. Learn more about how to get married in Denmark. Things can usually be carried out in far less time than that, but a number of legal issues, particularly previous marriages, can create a hassle. Who can get married? There are a few basic rules concerning those who can and cannot get married here: You must both be 18 years of age or over and you must both be unmarried. If one of you has previously been married, the previous marriage must have been dissolved before you can remarry. Marriage between close relatives is not permitted and, if one of you is under guardianship, the guardian must consent to the marriage. You are not entering into a marriage of convenience (for example, with the sole intent to remain legally in Denmark) Sex or nationality is not a defining factor regarding getting married in Denmark. Same-sex couples, and foreign couples are legally allowed to marry in Denmark. Permanent residence is not a requirement in order to get married here. Therefore, it is possible to travel to Denmark simply to get married! What Documents Are Required to Get Married in Denmark? In general, you will be required to present the following: Valid Passport, ID or any other official proof of identity which includes a photograph. Special requirements may apply regarding the documents that you must enclose with your application. For example, it may be a requirement for the document to be stamped by an official authority – either through endorsement by an apostille or through legislation. Foreign documents must be translated into Danish, English or German by an authorized translator. This also applies to any apostille endorsement. If the document has been legalized, all stamps, etc. must also be translated. Note that this must be done before you submit your application to the Agency of Family Law. If the certificates are foreign, it will be considered whether they are genuine and can be accepted in Denmark. Documents from certain countries must be legalized or endorsed by an apostille. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: You might also like to read The Ultimate Jaw-Dropping Scandinavian Wedding Destinations. Click the link. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: What Are the Fees for Marriage in Denmark This fee is determined and adjusted by the Minister for Children and Social Affairs. Your application may not be considered until the fee has been received in the Agency’s account. As of 1 January 2023, the fee is: DKK 1,800 (USD 278). The Agency of Family Law offers three ways of paying the fee:
- You can pay the fee as an extension of you completing the digital application form with a marriage declaration. This method is the quickest way to get your application started – you pay the fee at the same time as you sign and submit your application. You should therefore have your payment card ready when completing the application.
- You can also pay the fee via your bank. The amount must be deposited in our account with Danske Bank: Reg. No: 0216 – account No: 4069217060. Remember to state your CPR number or your name and passport/ID number when making the payment. If you do not, the recepient will not be able to see which application the fee is linked to.
- If you have an account with a foreign bank and you wish to pay the fee to the Agency of Family Law, you must use the following information: IBAN: DK91 0216 4069 2170 60. BIC/SWIFT: DABADKKK. Remember to state your CPR number or your name and passport/ID number when making the payment. If you do not, the recepient will not be able to see which application the fee is linked to.
Danish carvers etched runestones more than 1,000 years ago. A mysterious Viking Queen, Thyra, has her name inscribed on two runestones. Who was this Viking queen of considerable power? Now, runestones interpretations reveal the importance of a mysterious Danish Viking Queen. History generally remembers the Viking queen Thyra as the wife and mother of prominent Viking leaders. But new research suggests she had far more power and influence in 10th-century Denmark than previously thought. Thyra may have been a key political player. The journal Antiquity reports that researchers from Denmark and Sweden used 3D scans to analyze carvings on the runestones, finding telltale clues that marked the individual style of the person who carved them. One runestone in particular refers to Thyra as Denmark’s “strength” or “salvation. The Jelling Stones, located in the eastern Jutland town of Jelling, contain the earliest mentions of Denmark as a political entity. The smaller and older runestone, with an inscription written in the runic alphabet, was erected by Gorm around A.D. 950; the inscription on the larger Jelling Stone, commissioned by son Harald Bluetooth, also records Denmark’s conversion from Norse paganism to Christianity in 965 and is considered by many to be Denmark’s “birth certificate.” The carver of the Laeborg Runestone named himself on the runestone as Ravnunge-Tue – and with Ravnunge-Tue’s new connection to the iconic Jelling Stone, Danes now know the name of the craftsperson who created their “birth certificate,” says archaeologist and runologist Lisbeth Imer of the National Museum of Denmark, the lead author of the Antiquity study. “To learn more about the rune-carver and those named on the stone is fascinating,” said Dr. Katherine Cross, a lecturer at York St. John University in the UK who researches and teaches the history of early medieval northern Europe. She has not been involved in the study. “The combination of the present analyses and the geographical distribution of the runestones indicates that Thyra was one of the key figures – or even the key figure – for the assembling of the Danish realm, in which she herself may have played an active part,” write the researchers. It’s unusual for Viking women to be mentioned on runestones at all, but the name Thyra appears on four runestones from the period, at least three of which are now known to refer to the same woman. The inscription carved by Ravnunge-also states Thyra was his dróttning – a Norse word meaning “mistress” or “lady” and later translated as “queen.” Queen Thyra was mother of then-reigning King Harald Bluetooth. The smaller stone was raised in her honor by her husband (and Harald’s father) King Gorm, calling her “Denmark’s strength/salvation” (or “Denmark’s adornment,” depending on the translation, the researchers noted in the study). Harald commissioned the larger stone, to honor both of his royal parents. “You can follow the cutting rhythm of Ravnunge-Tue as one deep stroke of the chisel followed by two not so deep ones: DAK, dak-dak, DAK, dak-dak,” said Lisbeth Imer to CNN’s Mindy Weisberger. “It is almost like hearing the heartbeat of a person that lived so long ago.” During the Viking era, runestones were used to memorialize powerful leaders who had passed away. Crafters would carve commemorative words, paint the stones bright colors and display them in public spaces. Runestones Reveal the Importance of a Mysterious Danish Viking Queen, written by Tor Kjolberg
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon. Scandinavia is much more than just the home of beautiful winter landscapes and incredible modern art; it’s a region that has become internationally renowned in recent years for its pioneering approach to building communities that embrace age diversity. Learn more about Scandinavian age-inclusive communities and the secrets to their success. From sustainability initiatives to cross-generational housing options, and innovative healthcare offerings, there are many reasons why these societies lead the way in promoting inclusion among all ages.