Scandinavian crime fiction is suddenly in vogue--not just novels by Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Peter Høeg (Smilla's Sense of Snow)--but many more authors. Here's a roundup of articles discussing mystery writers from the area.
The BBC On Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Nordic Noir (video not available in US)
John Crace, Move Over, Inspector Rankin, The Guardian, January 23, 2009
Inspector Norse, The Economist, March 11, 2010
Boris Kachka, Number 1 With an Umlaut New York Magazine, 5/8/2011
Nathaniel Rich, Scandianavian Crime Wave, Slate (July 8, 2009)
In addition, check out the blog Euro Crime, devoted to British and continental European crime fiction, film and tv.