Nordic Noir: the 8 best Nordic series on Netflix and HBO

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If it was necessary to choose a television genre who saw one join it legion of enthusiasts negli recent decades, that was the so-called Nordic Black. It seems that the northernmost countries of our continent have a certain predilection for issues concerning the police, private investigators and dark aspects of our minds. So, knowing that you have never heard many of the series that we will propose to you, we propose the our particular list, with titles on Netflix and HBO.



Beartown is a breath of fresh air for the noir genre on HBO.

Whether you want stories closer to the titles adolescents that populate current platforms, whether you are looking for more mature stories, you should also check out our tips based on the How to Defend a Murderer series, we are convinced to offer you a wide range of titles to enjoy mysterious crimes.

Check out the good work of Scandinavian countries in our list of series available on Netflix and HBO

Le chains of acts which carry dire consequences, as would be the case in Welcome to Utmark, or a young teenager accused of murder, in Quicksand, are some of the examples you will find in ours Nordic noir list.

  • dead wind
  • The fall
  • Pray, obey, kill
  • The murders of Valhalla
  • Pencil case
  • Beartown
  • quicksand
  • Welcome to Utmark
  • Border area
  • Katla
  • Equinox
  • package
  • Young Wallander
  • Easy money
  • Sanatorium

dead wind

We begin the journey through unknown lands with a story that begins with the discovery of the body of a woman buried in place of a construction site. From here we will follow the inspector's footsteps Sofia Carp, a woman who has just lost a loved one, in what starts out as a routine crime and that could end up becoming one conspiracy that involves a major construction company from Helsinki.



  • Year: 2018
  • Seasons: 2
  • Episodes available: 20
  • Approximate duration: 45 minutes

The fall

With so many dramas e crimes to be solved, it might seem that all productions will try to pull the same thread, but, in this case, I think we have chosen one production un little different from usual. Yes, we will have the opportunity to follow the investigation of a macabre murder case, even if it seems that even the humor, the Nordic noir style, will be part of the path that will lead us to follow a Swedish detective and its British comrade in the curious investigation.

  • Year: 2017
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 8
  • Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Pray, obey, kill

The genre Nordic Black, although not its greatest exponent, it also admits the introduction of another of those genres that have earned a well-deserved fame in recent times, such as the real crime. On this occasion we will go back almost 20 years and we will dive into investigation into a shooting occurred in Knutby, one small town in Sweden, while two investigative reporters they begin to pull a thread that is as surprising as it is terrifying.

  • Year: 2021
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 6
  • Approximate duration: 50 minutes

The murders of Valhalla

I film and Scandinavian TV series enjoy great health and popularity all over the world, especially topics of thriller. On this occasion we will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a inspector of Oslo, who will be in charge of investigating a terrible murder occurred in the port of Reykjavik, and where the serial killer seems to be related to a mysterious photograph.



  • Year: 2019
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 8
  • Approximate duration: 45 minutes

Pencil case

If you merge a lawyer who has had better times, now devotes more time alcohol that to his real job, with a mysterious case, where an apparent suicide of a young dancer will bring a inspector to believe that there is something beyond that tragic death. As the investigation progresses, new ones revelations around the figure of the teenager will show that his death could be one crime.

  • Year: 2015
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 9
  • Approximate duration: 45 minutes

Beartown

On many occasions, I understand that this is done to avoid a repetition of the narrative thread of stories of the same kind, many series that address similar themes, introduce the elements important through alternative plots, as could be the case of ice hockey in this series. With this sport in the background of history, we will get to know the return of a former player, which will carry the Chaos caused by a terrible event, with a girl as a victim.

  • Year: 2020
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 5
  • Approximate duration: 45 minutes

quicksand

We are nearing the end of the list and have practically not used teens at the center of the plot of any of the series that we have shown you. The story, available on Netflix, which is told in this title begins with a shooting in a Stockholm high school and focuses his gaze on alleged guilt of a young woman, Maja Norberg, who will have to live a real calvary to rid off of a condemnation more than possible.



  • Year: 2019
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 6
  • Approximate duration: 50 minutes

Welcome to Utmark

One of the most recent additions to the catalog HBO it offers us a story that moves with ease even in the field of comedy. On this occasion, we will move on to Norway, where we can meet a curious family, immersed in nature, which will not bend in front of anyone, since the confrontation with neighbors it will be one of the factors that will ignite the plot in its beginnings. If you want to see something different from classic Nordic style Black, this series can be a great place to start.

  • Year: 2021
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 8
  • Approximate duration: 40 minutes

Border area

La visit to his hometown of a Police Inspector turns into a dead end. When Nikolai investigates the possible suicide of one of the inhabitants of the town, the last words of those who saw him alive leave room for doubts. His partneralso will begin to to suspect that something is happening dark and sinister, with whom Nikolai's work will be in jeopardy, although this may be the least of his worries.

  • Year: 2017
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes available: 8
  • Approximate duration: 40 minutes

Katla

La red platform it doesn't stop looking for the way we can't have a quiet moment to look for series and movies, but there offers great proposals almost without knowing it. On this occasion Netflix brings us closer to mysterious Iceland e to the eruption of the volcano which gives the series its name. A year after its eruption, one mysterious woman appears covered with ash through glacier and it will be from that moment on that i mysteries will begin to emerge, leaving us wanting a second season. Pray all you know, because it seems like cancellations have become fashionable.

  • Year: 2021
  • Seasons: 1
  • Chapters: 8
  • Average duration: 40 minutes

Equinox

This Scandinavian television series, in which imaginary crimes and police matters are dominated to an impressive level, will lead us to learn about the history of Astrid, a young woman starting to have terrible visions, which appear to be connected to the disappearance of his sister and his companions fa e 21 years. If you like the series with a Nordic noir air, but you do not want to see something conventional, I think this proposal, available on Netflix, it will be to your liking.

  • Year: 2020
  • Seasons: 1
  • Chapters: 6
  • Average duration: 40 minutes

package

Poland contemplate one of the series less known than the HBO, but definitely worth a slow, detailed look. History will lead us to follow Piotr, famous investigative reporter, whose latest article shocked public opinion. He discovers a possible financial fraud that could connect his brother with l ' business man Adrian Bogusz. Not only will it be found in danger from the information brought to light, but his will also come into play family and his too brother.

  • Year: 2015
  • Seasons: 2
  • Chapters: 12
  • Average duration: 50 minutes

Young Wallander

Despite being a British series, since the events narrated in it lead us to Sweden, we have licensed ourselves to include it in the list of similar productions to Nordic Black. On this occasion we will follow in the footsteps of the young man Kurt Wallander, police inspector of the Ystad Police Station whose origins we will find out in these chapters as he investigates a number of murders, which have as protagonists the immigrants, as they appear to be cases related to hate crimes. An interesting proposal, which can take the less experienced viewer totally unprepared.

  • Year: 2020
  • Seasons: 1
  • Chapters: 6
  • Average duration: 45 minutes

Easy money

There are many ways to earn money, even if we delve into those that are not in the legal sphere, we can find stories like the ones presented by this one Swedish production, attributable to the genre Nordic noir, where the lives of one businesswoman, a member of a gang it's a rebellious teenager will bond unexpectedly with each other. A tip, if you need to Investors for a new company, it is best to turn to the official media, as the mafias of they usually don't deal with the reasons why payments are not made.

  • Year: 2021
  • Seasons: 1
  • Chapters: 6
  • Average duration: 40 minutes

Sanatorium

La visit from a sister to the place where his is hospitalized twin, a terrible sanatorium, prison for his mind, is the start of a chilling gaze in the soul human. When both sisters claim to be what no one thinks they are, they must be brave and face dangerous situations. You look like the survival, identity confidence and betrayal will raise many doubts to the viewer, involving him emotionally in this interesting thriller, available on HBO.

  • Year: 2019
  • Seasons: 1
  • Chapters: 8
  • Average duration: 45 minutes
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