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Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

Meet Johan Knutsson, the curator of the Swedish folk art exhibition at the Nordic Museum. The display highlights the importance of the rural craftsmen in Swedish folklore and shows viewers the inspiration that these art works have on today's society. 'Kurbits' are a whimsical stylized flower motif distinctive to Swedish folk art and a prized skill today! Discover the importance of the human shape within the art and find out why the exhibition pieces are so heavily influenced by religious motifs.

Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity

How does folk art embody a culture's history and identity? Scandinavia's Dala Horse offers some insight into how a mode of survival becomes a beloved symbol of a country's ideals and values. Since the Stone-Age, horses have been high valued possessions in Scandinavia and were the difference between life or death throughout the region's roadless plains. Take a ride with BCD through the history of the Dala Horse & meet the artisans keeping this beloved custom alive!

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity

Jantes Law: A Countryside Beast Headed for Extinction?

All cultures have a social code, even if the code hasnt been given a formal name. 'Jante's Law' is Scandinavia's term for a set of cultural mores that values the community ahead of the individual. Its original meaning, adopted from a 1933 novel, related to no-one being anonymous in a small community. Over time, Jante's Law evolved into a derogatory reference to individualism and an attitude that it is safer to blend in with the crowd than stand out from it. Find out what six local Scandinavians think this term really means and their views on its relevance today.

Jantes Law: A Countryside Beast Headed for Extinction?