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A drawing of the class division of society, which was published in 'Arbeider-Foreningernes Blad', with Marcus Thrane as editor and publisher, 4 May 1850. Photo: unknown/Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek.

2021.07.26 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Democracy

The emergence of Norwegian civil society in the 19th century

Voluntary organisations were a new and important phenomenon in Norway in the nineteenth century and included many different types of associations, unions and clubs. Among other things, they functioned as places to learn about democracy for the wider population.

The oldest Finnish speaking professional theatre is the Finnish National Theatre, established in 1872 in Helsinki. Photo: Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

2021.07.20 | The Quick Read, Helena Forsås-Scott, Culture, Literature

Drama in Finland

Theatre is a dynamic medium in the Nordic countries, and the many plays written and produced, especially since the 1960s, have been characterised by innovation and experimentation. This is the first Quick Read on drama in the Nordics which focuses on Finland. Articles on the other Nordic countries are to follow.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Photo: In 1985 at Rotterdam airport, on a visit to Queen Beatrix.

2021.07.19 | Biography, Kevin Hogg, Culture, Democracy

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, b. 1930

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is an Icelandic politician. She served as the country’s president for 16 years, using the office to promote Icelandic culture around the world, amongst other things. Since her retirement, she has served on various international organizations, has campaigned for women’s rights, and been recognized for her work in Icelandic…

Front book cover of the book 'Det moderne gennembruds kvinder' (1983) [The Women of the Modern Breakthrough] written by Pil Dahlerup. Photo: Permission to use cover kindly granted by Gyldendal.

2021.07.13 | The Quick Read, Helena Forsås-Scott, Literature, Gender

Literary criticism in the Nordics, postwar to today

Literary work and issues pertaining to it were rooted in the historical-biographical tradition following the Second World War in the Nordics. Danish linguist Louis Hjelmslev's work helped paved the way for structuralism which came to prominence in the 1960s, when the wider debate on the role of literature in education and society also began to…

Niels Erik Bank-Mikkelsen on his 75th birthday. Photo: Lis Hammild/LEV.

2021.07.06 | Biography, Anna Derksen, Minorities, The Nordics in the World

Niels Erik Bank-Mikkelsen (1919-1990)

Niels Erik Bank-Mikkelsen was a Danish policy reformer and advocate for the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. Working for the so-called ‘Danish Service for the Mentally Retarded’ (Statens åndssvageforsorg), a public organisation for the care of intellectually or developmentally disabled people, he was instrumental in developing key…