A1 Journal article (refereed)
Remote but Connected : Lapland as a Scene of Transnational Crime in Ivalo (2021)

Hiltunen, K. (2021). Remote but Connected : Lapland as a Scene of Transnational Crime in Ivalo. Akademisk kvarter, 2021(22), 124-136. https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.academicquarter.vi22.6606

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Publication details

All authors or editorsHiltunen, Kaisa

Journal or seriesAkademisk kvarter


Publication year2021


Issue number22

Pages range124-136

PublisherAalborg Universitet

Publication countryDenmark

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75949


Set in a small town in the north of Finland, the crime TV series Ivalo (Arctic Circle, Finland, 2018) exemplifies the fascination of Nordic Noir with ‘remote’ locations as scenes of transnational crime. The plot seems to forebode the corona pandemic, portraying the spread of a life-threatening ‘Yemenite virus’ developed as a biological weapon from the Balkans to Lapland. In this article, I analyze how the virus narrative allows the series to bring new perspectives on Nordic Noir. The narrative emphasizes international connections while creating representations of places that can be characterized as both translocal (Greiner and Sakdapolrak 2013) and glocal (Robertson 2012). Because of its far northern location, the series can be described as an example of Arctic Noir. However, Ivalo breaks with traditional representations of both Lapland and the Russian border in Finnish audiovisual culture, striving towards a new cosmopolitan imagination.

Keywordstelevision seriescrime seriesgenresrepresentation (mental objects)border regionsregional identity of Lapland residentslocal characterinternationalitytransnationalism

Free keywordsArctic noir; border; cosmopolitanism; glocality; Nordic Noir; translocality

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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