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7 Best Scandinavian Suspense Dramas You Can't Stop Binge-watching

Bleak urban setting, bone-chilling crimes and mind-boggling mysteries…the best Nordic Noir series on Netflix and Amazon Prime that you can’t afford to miss


This Finnish Crime Drama revolves around a gifted detective, who worn out of his work in national law enforcement, takes up a small-town job to spend more time with his family in the countryside. But soon he is drawn into a web of sinister murders.

The Chestnut Man

Set in suburban Copenhagen, the show follows tow workaholic police detectives two police detectives—Naia Thulin and Mark Hess as they try unearth the trail of a serial killer who mostly attacks young mothers and keeps their body parts in freezers and cars to be found by the police. It’s interesting how the series also focuses on the humane side of the sleuths, their personal losses and demands of a stressful job.

The Unlikely Murderer

New Swedish series, is a fictional dramatization of a real-life crime that shook Sweden. This limited five-part series is based on an unsolved case—the 1986 murder of Sweden’s then Prime Minister Olof Palme. Olof was shot in the back as he walked down with his wife and children after watching a movie in one of the busiest streets of Stockholm. The Netflix’s synopsis describes, this five-part series is “a fictional interpretation of how Stig Engström managed to elude justice.” However, charges were never pressed against Stig while he was alive. However, in 2018 Thomas Pettersson, who investigated the case thirty years later, pinned the murder on Stig Engström in his book also named The Unlikely Murderer. The series is an adaptation of this book.


This edgy teen drama and murder mystery not only gives you a baffling murder but also gives you a sneak peek into the lives of the rich and famous in Sweden. After a shoot out at an elite prep school in Stockholm sends shocks waves in the upper-class suburb, a teen finds herself in trial for murder.

The Valhalla Murders

This Icelandic series is based on real events that occurred in rural Iceland in the 1940s. After several unrelated murders drives fear in the hearts of the people, a detective returns home from Oslo to help investigate and nab the killer. What happens next is a gripping tale of ingenuity and nail-biting suspense.


This smash hit series will keep you on the edge of your seat. As a powerful storm closes on a small fishing town Seyðisfjörður, local fishermen find a limbless, headless corpse, and the police chief rushes to solve the case before the storm hits and cuts off the nation from the rest of the world.


The story follows female detective Sofia Karppi, who, after the tragic death of her husband, takes on her first case to investigate the disappearance and death of a woman. While solving the case with a rookie partner, she also tries to piece her life back together and raise her raise two children alone.