The Quick Read

This is a list of all 'Quick Reads' in the order they were published. Quick Reads are intended to provide quick, evidence-based information on a particular topic. They are generally short, encyclopaedic entries of about 1000 words on, for example, specific, named companies, brands, organisations, themes within a subject area etc, or entries on particular terms used in Nordic languages which are not necessarily easily to translate without further discussion. To customise your search, use the 'category' buttons, or the search function.

Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson receives the Nobel prize from the hands of king Oscar II in 1904.

2019.02.25 | The Quick Read, Jenny Rood, Juliette Victor, Culture, Reputation

Nobel Prizes

The idea and funds for the Nobel prizes originated in the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel who died in 1901. Recipients can be both individuals and organisation. Categories are Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace and recipients are selected by various committees based at institutions in Sweden and, in the…

Klosterfoss Kraftverk, hydropower plant in Skien, Norway. Hydropower provides almost all the electricity in Norway. Photo: Bitjungle, Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA Creative Commons.

2019.02.25 | The Quick Read, Jenny Rood, Juliette Victor, Public policy

Hydroelectricity in the Nordic countries

Hydroelectricity is a significant source of energy particularly in Norway and Iceland. While Greenland has invested in hydroelectricity since 1990, the establishment of new facilities has stagnated elsewhere in the Nordics due to concern about the environmental impact.

Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary General of the United Nations in front of its headquarters.

2019.02.22 | The Quick Read, Norbert Götz, Globalisation

United Nations and the Nordic countries

The principles and aims of the United Nations resonate in the Nordic countries, which are small welfare states with an appreciation of international law, solidarity and multilateral problem-solving. From the time of the League of Nations (the precursor to the United Nations) to the 1990s, the Nordic region developed and operated a caucusing and…

The premises of the independent social research foundation FAFO, Borggata 2b, Oslo, Norway. FAFO helped to secretly organise the talks preceding the Oslo Accords. Photo: FAFO

2019.02.22 | The Quick Read, Norbert Götz, Globalisation

Internationalism and the Nordic countries

The internationalism of the Nordic countries is characterised by a general commitment to international institutions and law, agenda-setting and bridge-building between North and South, East and West alike. The Nordic countries traditionally provide high levels of development aid. These and other characteristics have elicited diverse responses,…

Rudolf Meidner (1914-2005), the Swedish economist. Photo: The Internet archive taken from his 1978 book Employee Investment Funds An Approach To Collective Capital Formation.

2019.02.21 | The Quick Read, John Logue, Economy, Democracy

Wage earner funds

The term wage earner fund refers to different models of redistributing profit amongst workers of individual employers or sectors. It is often characterised by the 1975 Meidner’s model which set out that new stocks issued could be paid to funds, which would be administered by a group of directors with advice from trade unions.

An example of an official body: The Language Secretariat of Greenland, Oqaasilesiffik https://oqaasileriffik.gl/en/

2019.02.21 | The Quick Read, Michael P. Barnes, Culture, Literature, Nation building

Official bodies overseeing the Nordic languages

There has been much more official involvement with the Nordic languages than with English. That is true even of the well-established Danish, Icelandic and Swedish standards. Each language exists under the watchful eye of a language ‘committee’, ‘board’ or ‘council’, for the most part state-sponsored, semi-autonomous bodies. A wide spectrum of…

The Løgting or Faroese parliament is considered the oldest parliment in the world. It is mentioned in the saga ‘Færeyingasaga’ written in Iceland in around the year 1200, but historians estimate that the origin of the Faroese Løgting can be traced as far back as shortly after the first Norse settlement (landnam) of the Faroes in the year 800. The building is from 1856.

2019.02.21 | The Quick Read, Norbert Götz, Governance, Nation building, Democracy

Parliamentary culture in the Nordic countries

The Nordic countries have a particular parliamentary culture characterised by consensus and working across party lines. Their parliaments remain influential institutions considering the general trend towards greater executive power. The principles of parliamentary government and universal suffrage were introduced comparatively early in Norden. The…

2019.02.18 | The Quick Read, Anne Heith, Culture

Profil magazine

Profil was a Norwegian literary magazine that promulgated ‘working class literature’.

2019.02.18 | The Quick Read, Culture, Kristina Sjögren

Creative writing courses in the Nordics

Courses ranging from evening classes and short, focussed courses to full-time university programmes reflect a broad interest in studying creative writing in the Nordic countries.

2019.02.18 | The Quick Read, Marc Pierce, Culture

Faroese

A descendant of Old Norse, Faroese has had to contend with Danish but remains the principal language spoken and written in the Faroe Islands.

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