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Carl Marklund is a researcher and research director at the Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University.

2021.06.16 | Podcast, Carl Marklund, Reputation, Södertörn University

Uncovering Sweden in an International Context with Carl Marklund

Many commentators talk about the Nordics as successful societies that should be emulated. But criticism of the Nordic countries is equally widespread. In this interview, Carl Marklund, researcher and research director at the Institute for Contemporary History at Södertörn University, traces how some of Sweden’s policymaking successes and failures…

Gustav Wentzel's painting "Emigrants" from 1903, an iconic depiction of Norwegian emigration. (Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons).

2021.06.09 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Culture, The Borders of the Nordics, University of Oslo

Population movement to and within Norway, 1830-1914

From the 1830s to the 1920s about 800,000 Norwegians emigrated, mostly to America. There is less general awareness of the fact that between 100,000 and 200,000 people immigrated to Norway during the second half of the 19th century. The migrants came largely from Sweden, but also from other parts of Europe. Moreover, the population was on the move…

Eirinn Larsen is Professor at the University of Oslo.

2021.06.02 | Podcast, Eirinn Larsen, Gender, Business, University of Oslo

Norway: Uncovering Gender and Branding in the Nordics with Eirinn Larsen

The Nordic countries are usually seen as much more gender-equal than just about anywhere else in the world. In this podcast, Eirinn Larsen business and gender historian and editor of Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region explains how gender is used as a tool for branding the Nordics. She also talks with Nicola Witcombe,…

British Library digitised image from page 496 of "Illustreret Danmarkshistorie for Folket" (Illustrated History of Denmark for the People). Photo: British Library, Flickr.

2021.05.26 | Article, Johnni Langer, The arts, Views of a Nordic Past

Valkyries and Danish national symbolism in the 19th century

Scandinavian goddesses, gods, and supernatural deities: nowadays it is common to encounter the Norse myths being popularized in the mass media, in electronic games, in cinema and art in general. But in past contexts, they also had a different status, used as elements in the history of nations, in public monuments, in political speeches and in…

Miika Tervonen is Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Institute of Finland. Photo: M. Tervonen.

2021.05.21 | Podcast, Miika Tervonen, Minorities, University of Helsinki

Finland: Uncovering Nordic Myths of Homogeneity with Miika Tervonen

Nordic societies are often seen as based on a social contract whereby citizens do certain things from cradle to grave and the state, in return, will look after them. The history of the Nordic nation/welfare states is fraught with tensions and boundary-drawing, however. The historical rise of national in-groups, 'Us', has also produced excluded…