Norwegian television series ‘Skam’ wins Language Award

The Norwegian teen drama Shame (original title: Skam) has picked up the 2016 Nordic Association Language Award for its contribution to positive attitudes between neighbouring Nordic languages.

In the series, we follow the everyday life of a group of friends at Hartvig Nissen High School in Oslo. The series has attracted a large audience, often picking up over 1 million viewers.

The Nordic Association said: “Skam shows that Scandinavian films and series don’t need to be dubbed. The original language is an important part of the viewing experience… Few have succeeded in making a neighbouring language so funny, relevant and cool among young people in the Nordic countries as this year’s prize winner.”

This comes after the news that Skam will be remade in the U.S.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.