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Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. Photo: Robin Root. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.

2020.10.28 | Article, Byron J. Nordstrom, Policy

Nuclear Power in the Nordic countries

Of the Nordic countries, only Finland and Sweden have developed nuclear powered electricity generation capacities. The decisions to do so were shaped by at least three factors: both countries' lack of domestic fossil fuel resources; limited hydro-electric capacity; and the ever-increasing domestic and commercial electricity demands. A fourth…

An original copy of the Rome Treaty. Photo: European Commission Audiovisual Service.

2020.10.21 | Article, Jonas Langeland Pedersen, Law, The Nordics in the World

European Community law in Denmark, 1973-1993

When Denmark became a member of the European Community in 1973, European law was not high on its domestic agenda. It was first and foremost the potential economic benefits of membership that occupied the public consciousness. However, European Community law went on to have explicit consequences for Denmark, but it was not until the late 1980s that…

The "black triangle" was known for its extremely high levels of pollution in the 1970s. Picture shows the Turów thermal power plant in Bogatynia, Poland, viewed from Germany. Photo: Vondraussen, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 3.0)

2020.10.14 | Article, Jonathan Pugh, Research

The Scandinavian states and the environment in international politics, 1970-2000

The three Scandinavian states of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all played an important role in shaping international environmental policy from 1970 to 2000, and they have all been key norm entrepreneurs in a variety of International Organizations. Following the growth of the environmentalist movement in the 1960s, Sweden had a pivotal role in the…

Writer Sally Salminen in the 1940s. Source: Osvald Hedenström / Lehtikuva, Wikimedia Commons.

2020.10.08 | Article, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

The literary work of Sally Salminen

Sally Salminen's famous novel 'Katrina' was published in 1936 and changed her life. From then on, she could afford not to work as a maid and became a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her works wrangle with themes such as war and motherhood and deal with issues inspired by her own life which still resonate today.

Sally Salminen at her desk in 1960. Source: Hufvudstadsbladet, Public Domain.

2020.10.08 | Biography, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

Sally Salminen 1906–1976

Sally Salminen won a Finnish-Swedish literary prize for her novel 'Katrina' in the autumn of 1936 at a time when she was working as a maid in New York; it was the Great Depression and she had emigrated there six years earlier to work in wealthy households. It was a global sensation that someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could…