#ScandiReadingChallenge: Books Spanning Multiple Decades or Places

We’re wrapping up the the 2022 Scandinavian Reading Challenge. Now that you’ve worked your way through the decades, it’s time to pick a book that spans multiple decades and/or places. Below you’ll find some reading suggestions. I marked the ones I’ve read and enjoyed with a star ⭐.

Do you know of any Scandinavian books that would fit nicely with this month’s prompt? As you can see, I am more familiar with Norwegian authors and titles than Danish or Swedish. Please leave a comment or email me any suggestions. I’d love to hear them.


Norway 🇳🇴

Sweden 🇸🇪

  • The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland ⭐ (originally published in Sweden in 2005; takes place in 1990s, 1960s, and WWII)
  • God’s Mercy by Kerstin Ekman, translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck (rural northern Sweden in the early 1900s)
  • Son of Svea: A Tale of the People’s Home by Lena Andersson, translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death (1932 and onwards)
  • Stolen by Ann-Helén Laestadius, translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles (northern Sweden) – available January 31, 2023

Denmark 🇩🇰

  • The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood – Youth – Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen, translated from the Danish by Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman (Denmark, 1920s-1960s)
  • Copenhagen Tales edited by Helen Constantine, translated from the Danish by Lotte Shankland (Denmark, early 19th century to present day)
  • We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (Spans a hundred years starting with the outbreak of the First Schleswig War in 1848 through the aftermath of WWII)

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1900/1910s

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Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 2010s

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