Though born and raised in Sweden, most of Solveig Nordlund's films have been made in Portugal, where she got her start after receiving a degree in art history from her native Stockholm's Universitet. Nordlund first worked as an assistant and then a film editor on such productions as Brandos Costumes/Sweet Habits (1973) and Manoel de Oliveira's Amor de Perdição/Doomed Love (1978). In 1976, Nordlund co-founded the left-wing film cooperative Grupo Zero, and that year directed her first film, but received no credit. In 1978, she directed a pair of medium-length features, but did not direct her first full-length feature until 1980 with Dina e Django. In 1979, Nordlund co-directed the television series E não Se Pode Exterminá-lo? (1979). After her first feature, Nordlund returned to Sweden, where she founded the Torrom Film Company in 1982, though she would return to Portugal to make films. In 1998, Nordlund's Swedish-Portuguese-Mozambican co-production Comedia Infantil was nominated for a Tiger Award at that year's Rotterdam Film Festival.