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Nightlife in Scandinavia

Is dancing at clubs in Scandinavia popular because it’s a great way to keep warm? No, it’s because there’s just something special about the energy you’ll find in the music and on the dance floors when you check out the nightlife in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

Denmark’s cities are all happening at night. In Copenhagen the warm-up starts earlier at the countless cafés and bars throughout the city; later on the scene shifts to discos, live-music venues and clubs. Aalborg has won the city its reputation as the ”Little Paris of the North”, thanks to more than 300 restaurants and pubs of all description and its propensity madcap competitions in improvisation drama and off-beat acts. Latin American rhythms, seductive tangos or pure and unadulterated are all ways of working up a sweat and dancing till you drop at one of many venues in Århus.

During the summer the curtain rises on entertainment and cultural events in almost every village and hamlet in Finland. If you'd rather be on stage dancing than watching someone else performing, step right up. There are clubs and discos in every town and open-air dancehalls in the countryside where you can satisfy your need to tango, waltz, polka and foxtrot. So get on your dancing shoes. Don't be shy. Just walk over, hold out your hand, and say, "Saanko luvan?" - "May I?"

Soak up local culture at one of the many theaters in Iceland. You can catch plays at the National Theater in Reykjavik, or at various smaller venues. Performances are usually in Icelandic but Theater Idno stages plays in English during the summer. The Reykjavik City Theater is the home of the Iceland Dance Company, which performs annually and isn’t quite so reliant on the spoken word! Reykjavik city centre is one place during the day and a completely different one after hours and on weekends when the party is well under way. It’s well known for having a vibrant nightlife, with trendy bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.

For nightlife in Sweden, Stockholm is definitely the place to be. The scene rocks seven nights a week, all year long, in pubs, cafés and club-style restaurants with different profiles depending on age group and musical preference. Live music is another area in which Stockholm stands out. Throughout the year, live performances by Swedish and international artists, from classical and jazz to hip hop, electro and death metal, are given at music clubs and at a variety of other large and small venues.
Stockholm is also known for it's wide variety of private theatres and often independent experimental stages. Kungliga Dramatiska teatern (the Royal Dramatic Theatre)and Kungliga Operan(the Royal Swedish Opera) together with Operabaletten (the Royal Swedish Ballet) are national stages with global reputations.

Oslo is your best bet for doing it up at night in Norway. There are countless bars, cafés and nightclubs to choose from, and a large number of places that offer live music, especially on weekends. Oslo has a very reputable jazz scene. The Grünerløkka area has a young, hip and relaxed café and pub scene and it is the place where new trends usually appear first. In the summer the buzz is around Aker Brygge with its shops and waterfront restaurants. Majorstua / Frogner is where the super-trendy and label-conscious party animals go; there’s nothing that beats the west-end atmosphere.


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