North Koreans keen on Nordic design and Swedish architecture


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According to Per Elde, Sweden has a rich tradition in architecture and design. This includes its use of wood, which is often linked to sustainability and climate issues. The country has developed an international reputation, in part thanks to Ikea.

“Also, of course, we and North Korea have similar conditions just in terms of the weather, which is also a big factor,” Elde told Swedish newspaper The Local.

Since Sweden regards North Korea as a dictatorship, a decision on cooperation can only be made after the North Korean Embassy has informed the School of Architecture of further information on the functioning of the North Korean education program.

Founded in 1827, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is one of the largest technological higher education institutions in Scandinavia. KTH accounts for one third of Sweden’s technical and engineering research capacity at university level. KTH has over 14,000 full-year undergraduates, over 1,700 active postgraduates and 4,600 employees.

Scandinavian design is a style characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.

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