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Attitudes to nudity are somewhat more relaxed in Sweden than here at home – as I found out earlier this week in Malmo.

Cultural Life: Sidse Babett Knudsen, actress

Television: Before I started on 'Borgen', people introduced me to some great American box-sets to convince me that TV could be good. I now watch them all the time. Amy Poehler is very funny in 'Parks and Recreation' and 'In Treatment', with Gabriel Byrne, is also really good. How can one room with just two characters be so captivating? For more laughs I watch 'Modern Family'. Rico Rodriguez is very funny as the son, Manny Delgado.

Top of the table: Noma’s René Redzepi

Let Noma guide you to the best food in Copenhagen

The Danes have a venerable food culture that dates back centuries. But it wasn't until 2004 and the formulation of the Manifesto for the New Nordic Kitchen by Claus Meyer, René Redzepi and other Nordic chefs, that the country, and in particular Copenhagen, became a bona fide destination for gastronomic tourists.

Government accused of complacency on fracking

The Government has been accused of "appalling complacency" after it emerged that not a single minister has met with the Environment Agency's experts to discuss the hugely controversial gas exploration technique known as fracking.

Exclusive: Ministers slammed over fracking

Earthquakes, poisoning fears, demonstrations, but still no top-level talks on suspect gas technique

'Concealed' drug trial data putting lives at risk

Patients' lives are being put at risk and public money wasted on ineffective medicines because researchers are concealing the results of clinical trials amid a "culture of haphazard publication and incomplete data disclosure".

Cycling: Cavendish: Let Millar ride in Olympics

World road-race champion Mark Cavendish hopes fellow Briton David Millar will be free to compete in next year's Olympics despite his compatriot's previous suspension for doping.

Inspector Norse: Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund in 'The Killing'

Ten people who changed the world: Sofie Grabol, star of The Killing

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Bradley Wiggins will be hoping for success during next year's Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins to prioritise time trial at 2012 Olympics

Bradley Wiggins hinted he would put his personal interest before Team GB's at the Olympics because the London 2012 scheduling may force him to conserve energy on the road race.

Falling Sideways, By Thomas E Kennedy

White-collar workers bemoan the constraints of corporate life, but find solace in its abstract rhythms. When Freud speculated about the death drive, he argued that repetitive actions mask the desire to return to an inanimate state. Perhaps this explains our attachment to office routine – except that the inactivity of compulsory redundancy makes employees recoil in alarm.

An activist protesting in Durban yesterday

Rich nations accused of climate-change 'bullying'

Britain and other rich countries are using aid money as a lever to bully developing countries over climate change, according to a new report by an anti-poverty pressure group.

BMX: Injured Reade skips world title defence

Britain's Shanaze Reade will not defend her BMX World Championships title this weekend in Copenhagen after aggravating a wrist injury. The 22-year-old recently had surgery and now hopes to return for the BMX 2012 test event in Stratford on 19 and 20 August. "That's the priority for my Olympic ambitions and I don't to jeopardise being ready for that," she said.

Just Do It (NC)

Sometimes even doing the right thing doesn't save you from being tiresome.

Folkestone Triennial: A Million Miles from Home, Various venues

It looks like the sunny South-east is taking a moment to bask in whatever light contemporary art might throw off. Following the opening of Turner Contemporary in nearby Margate, another battered English seaside town opens a major art exhibition. Following a well-received debut in 2008, the Folkestone Triennial, curated by Andrea Schlieker, sees 19 international artists occupying the town with artworks. It's immigration and globalisation, issues that come to bear particularly on Folkestone because of its position on the Channel, which appear to have been the guiding themes here. A shuttered beach café houses a film following immigrants trying to enter Britain by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, while Hala Elkoussy's collection of artefacts relating to Cairo's colonial history occupies a high street shopfront. Hew Locke's collection of model ships strung with gold booty hang prettily from the eaves of a church, gesturing to histories of plundering sea trade and migration.

It’s a crime to remake a cult hit

A terrified teenage girl runs for her life; a secretive detective finds herself lumbered with a difficult case as she prepares to leave for a new life; a devastated family struggle to come to terms with their daughter's murder.

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