Norwegian teen drama Skam (Shame), which recently won Best Digital Original at the C21 Drama Awards, has now picked up the 2016 Nordic Association Language Award for its contribution to positive attitudes between neighbouring Nordic languages.
2016 Gullruten winner Skam, which follows the everyday life of a group of friends at Hartvig Nissen High School in Oslo, has attracted a loyal following throughout the Nordic region since it premiered in Norway in autumn 2015.
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.”
Editorial Director for NRK P3, Håkon Moslet, said: “I think that it is well deserved, because Skam has got Scandinavian youths to take an interest in Norwegian and realize that we belong to the same family of languages. Skam builds a language bridge to the rest of the Nordic region.”
Previous recipients of the award include Ghita Nørby, Jakob Oftebro, Fredrik Skavlan and Finland’s former president Martti Ahtisaari.