100 Best Scandinavian and Nordic Novels You Should Read

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

Most of the time we think about Nordic literature, we are thinking about Nordic Noir - Dark crime stories set in desolate, cold places. But this list will show you that Nordic literature is more than the 'Girl with a dragon tattoo'.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
The Snowman (Harry Hole
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
Naïve. Super by Erlend Loe
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf
The Sagas of Icelanders by Jane Smiley
The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot
Comet in Moominland (The Moomins)
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
Pan: From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn’s Papers by Knut Hamsun
Njal’s Saga by Anonymous
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
Moominland Midwinter (The Moomins)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi
Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins)
The Redbreast (Harry Hole)
Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg
The Devil’s Star (Harry Hole)
Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo
The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström)
Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
The Poetic Edda by Anonymous
The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
Puhdistus by Sofi Oksanen
Jar City (Inspector Erlendur)
The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel About Family and Destiny by Jostein Gaarder
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
The Unknown Soldier by Väinö Linna
The Emigrants (The Emigrants)
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
One Step Behind (Kurt Wallander)
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander)
Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q)
The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg)
Headhunters by Jo Nesbø
The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Roseanna (Martin Beck)
Moominvalley in November (The Moomins)
Sun Storm (Rebecka Martinsson)
Emil in the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
Gösta Berling’s Saga by Selma Lagerlöf
Beatles by Lars Saabye Christensen
Doppler by Erlend Loe
Moominpappa’s Memoirs (The Moomins)
Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins)
Iceland’s Bell by Halldór Laxnes
Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi
Firewall (Wallander)
The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander)
The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur #6) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Arctic Chill (Inspector Erlendur #7) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist
The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen
The Fifth Woman (Kurt Wallander)
Miss Julie by August Strindberg
Röda rummet by August Strindberg
Unto a Good Land (The Emigrants)
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander)
The Saga of the Volsungs by Anonymous
Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rølvaag
The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
Madita by Astrid Lindgren
Min kamp 2 (Min kamp #2) by Karl Ove Knausgård
The Princess and the Pea by Janet Stevens

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