University of Helsinki

Link to University of Helsinki's websiteThis is a list of all the materials published by academics at University of Helsinki in the order they were published with the most recent first.

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…

Photo: Fredrick Tendong on unsplash.

2020.11.18 | Podcast, Heidi Rautalahti, Lysiane Lasausse, Ylva Grufstedt, Media, University of Helsinki

Podcast: Gaming the Nordics

There is no doubt that gaming is important when about a third of the world’s population play video games. But how are video games used to explore images of the Nordic region? What place do video games occupy in terms of cultural representations? To what extent can video games be considered part of a cultural hegemony from a historical culture…

Nordic Nóir is often related to tv series, film, and literature but the genre is also relevant in describing video games. Photo: Mark Cruz, Unsplash. Public Domain.

2020.08.11 | Article, Lysiane Lasausse, Media, Nordic Noír, University of Helsinki

Video games as societal critics of the Nordics: Case studies in Game Nóir

Just like Nordic Nóir, video games are not only a form of entertainment, they also provide alternative perspectives on their respective countries, region and societies. These perspectives tend to differ from the projected positive images of the Nordic region, as they often focus on flaws and struggles. Video games, with their wide influence, can…

Will the welfare services of Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden weather the economic crisis resulting from covid-19? Photo: distinctive Norwegian coin, Børge Sandnes, colourbox.dk.

2020.05.11 | Outlook, Ilkka Kärrylä, Public policy, Economy, University of Helsinki

Nordic public debt: the dangers of restricting public spending due to the covid-19 crisis

The prevailing economic doctrine in the Nordics and Europe has it that, the lower the public debt, the more room there is for economic stimulation in downturns, such as the current covid-19 crisis. Denmark, Norway and Sweden with their comparatively low levels of public debt were able to announce relatively large economic crisis packages fairly…

Non-standard employment such as part‐time or temporary work and low‐skilled service jobs have grown over the last couple of decades, and, they have become more uncertain, unpredictable and risky in terms of job and income security in recent decades. Photo:colourbox.dk.

2020.03.19 | Article, Young-Kyu Shin, Petri Böckerman, Research, Public policy, The Nordic Model, University of Helsinki

Trade union-administered unemployment benefit and precarious workers in Finland

The Nordic countries have some of the highest trade union rates of membership in the world. This has by some been attributed to unemployment insurance being largely administered by trade unions. Since around 1910, unemployment insurance in the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland and Sweden has been based on a voluntary system (‘Ghent’), rather than…

2020.03.17 | Film, Johan Strang, Research, The Nordic Model, University of Helsinki

Interview: The Nordics: developments in politics and society since 1990

In this short video, Johan Strang, Associate Professor at the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki compares the social democratic heyday of the mid-20th century in the Nordics with trends in politics and society since 1990. While some commentators apply the ‘socialist’ label to aspects of both these wide-ranging and complex time…

Support for the welfare state remains in the Nordics, even by those at the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

2019.06.25 | Article, Helena Kaarina Blomberg, Pauli Kettunen, Public policy, Governance, Research, University of Helsinki

The Nordic welfare state: staying fit-for-purpose

There have been drastic changes to the political and economic climate since the inception of the Nordic welfare states in the twentieth century. Changes are required to meet the needs of today’s populations. People are less static than they once were; their roles both in and out of the job market change over time, and integration with the…

2019.03.29 | Film, Jaakko Seppälä, Media, Nordic Noír, Research, University of Helsinki

Style and meaning in Nordic Noir: Reimagining the welfare states

This presentation is from a transdisciplinary research workshop entitled Nordic Noir, Geopolitics and the North held at Aarhus University in October 2018.

Isak and Even's love story from the third season of Shame became popular in Russia. It also became a popular stage show elsewhere, such as in Copenhagen shown here. Photo: Nicola Witcombe

2019.02.28 | Article, Saara Ratilainen, Gender, The Nordics in the World, Research, University of Helsinki

Russian fans of Norwegian TV series Shame

Fans redefine geopolitical and gender-based boundaries: Shame [Skam], is a hit teen drama series produced by the Public Broadcasting Service in Norway. It ran for four seasons from 2015 to 2017 and became a global phenomenon through an active online fan culture. Remakes abound elsewhere, but Russian teens access Skam largely through social media…

The Finnish Act on Freedom of the Press from 1766, which included the Principle of Publicity. Photo: © Tryckfrihetsförordningen1766 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

2019.02.27 | Article, Ainur Elmgren, Governance, Democracy, University of Helsinki

Open government in the Nordics

Open government is intended to ensure transparency, accountability and openness and involves fundamental issues such as press freedom, public disclosure and freedom of information legislation, all key aspects of the administration of Nordic states. These states were amongst the earliest to introduce lauded measures of open government, such as the…

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