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The University of Copenhagen is one of the main universities in Denmark. Photo: colourbox.

2021.06.25 | Article, Byron J. Nordstrom, Education

An overview of Nordic universities

Universities are important in the Nordic countries because of a generally held belief that education is essential to democracy and it is a responsibility of the state to provide lifelong educational opportunities. Universities are just one piece in a total educational picture that also includes other on-going options for adults of all ages and a…

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…

2021.05.12 | Article, Charlotte Biil, Public policy, Copenhagen Business School

Is working together key to the Nordic welfare model?

Maintaining high quality welfare organizations is tough even in the Nordic countries with a myriad of unforeseen challenges to contend with, including budget cuts, personnel issues and reorganization. The focus of New Public Governance on how to govern networks between public and private actors is useful. However, the managerial, organizational…

2021.04.29 | Article, Helena Forsås-Scott, Gender, Literature

Feminist writing in the Nordics, 1970s-2000

Feminist writing in 1970s, particularly prose fiction, was inspired by second-wave feminism and by the mid-1980s, feminist writing had become a significant element in Nordic culture. Over the following two decades, issues of gender, frequently explored in terms of language, identity and the body, also gave new prominence to genres such as drama…

A recent demonstration by nurses in Copenhagen with banners saying "We are worth more. Increase wages" (Vi er mere værd. Lønløftet). Photo: Signe Hagel Andersen.

2021.04.21 | Article, Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, Gender, Public policy, Labour markets, Aarhus University

Unequal pay in Denmark: The impact of an outdated law

Danish nurses still receive 10-20% less in pay than male-dominated professions requiring a similar level of education. There are many contributing factors to unequal pay, but a recent report from the Danish Institute for Human Rights found that one key reason is the effect of the 1969 Public Servant Reform Act which saw nurses and other…

A demonstration on 1st May 1 1969 in Oslo. The banner reads 'Nature conservation a necessity of life. Immediate action against poisoning.' Photo: Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND).

2021.04.07 | Article, Melina Antonia Buns, Sustainability, University of Oslo

The emergence of Nordic environmental cooperation, 1967-1974

Today the environment is a key policy issue of institutionalised Nordic cooperation. Yet it was only in the late 1960s that the environment emerged on the Nordic agenda. Its emergence was influenced by the so-called ‘ecological turn’ at the time, but economic considerations were by far the most decisive. Firstly, policy-makers were concerned that…

2021.02.24 | Article, Kristín Loftsdóttir, Nation building, Business, University of Iceland

"I’ve come to buy Tivoli”: Colonial desires and anxieties in Iceland in a new millennium

The economic boom in Iceland in the early 2000s reflected how colonial memory can linger on and become mobilized. During this period, Iceland became internationally visible due to aggressive global investments, embodied for the most part by male businessmen frequently referred to as 'Vikings'. This economic expansion, or 'útrás' as it is called in…

Visual interpretations of disability on stamps issued by the Nordic governments for the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981. Collage: Author.

2021.01.22 | Article, Anna Derksen, Public policy

Disability policies and movements in the Nordic countries since 1945

During the last century, the situation of people with disabilities in the Nordic welfare states has changed dramatically. For a long time disability was regarded as an issue for the national welfare services, which had a marginalizing effect from a legal point of view, characterized by medical diagnostics, accommodation in mass institutions and…

The statue 'I am Queen Mary' was created by the two artists La Vaughn Belle and Jeannette Ehlers, and erected in Copenhagen in 2018. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

2021.01.07 | Article, Niels Brimnes, Governance, Nation building, Aarhus University

The colonialism of Denmark-Norway and its legacies

Overshadowed by British and French Imperialism, the small-scale colonialism of some of the Nordic countries can all too easily be downplayed. From the 19th century, the self-image of the Nordic countries as a group of small, neutral nations has probably perpetuated this misconception. However, Denmark-Norway engaged in a variety of colonial…

Sally Salminen, probably taken at a handicraft exhibition shortly after the publication of Katrina and her breakthrough on to the literary scene. Source: Museiverket. CC BY 4.0

2020.12.28 | Article, Sally Salminen, Ulrika Gustafsson, Paul Larkin, Literature

Sally Salminen and her work

In 1936 the Finland-Swedish writer Sally Salminen won a literary prize for her first novel 'Katrina' which saw her life change. That someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could write such a good book was a global sensation - she was a living example of the American dream. From then on, she could stop working as a maid and become…

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