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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…

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…

The Old Stock Exchange ('Børsen') in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was one of the many buildings built during the reign of Christian IV. Photo: Colourbox.

2020.12.02 | The Quick Read, Michael Nobel Hviid, Nation building, Branding, Aarhus University

Christian IV and the use of history

Christian IV (1577-1648), who ruled Denmark and its possessions from 1588-1648, is probably the most famous - and infamous - king in the history of Denmark. On the one hand, he is known as the longest reigning monarch, as the patron and creator of some of the country's most significant and spectacular buildings. On the other hand, he is also known…

Christian II, king of Denmark and Norway 1513-1523 and Sweden 1520-1521. Painting by Michel Sittow, 1514-1515. Public Domain (CCO 1.0)

2020.11.03 | The Quick Read, Martin Alm, Nation building, Reputation, Aarhus University

Christian II's legacy in Sweden and Denmark

Christian II (1481-1559) ruled Denmark and Norway from 1513 to 1523 as well as Sweden for some of that time, from 1520 to 1521. In Sweden he has been remembered as the instigator of a bloody massacre, whereas in Denmark he has been lauded as a supporter of the poor against the aristocracy.

The building where Norwegian Labour Party headquarters is housed in Oslo, built in 1935. Photo: Emmanuel Wald. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

2020.09.07 | Article, Even Lange, Nation building, University of Oslo

The Golden Age of social democracy in Norway

The Norwegian Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) was in power when the country was transformed into a wealthy society with modern welfare in the decade following the Second World War. However, the other parties supported major parts of the social democratic project as well. Reform-driven policy, planned modernisation and rapid economic growth were key…

Election in Norway in 1945, where the man in the middle represents The Labour Party [Arbeiderpartiet], and the woman on the right supports The Conservative Party [Høyre] Source: The Norwegian National Library. Public Domain.

2020.08.19 | Article, Even Lange, Nation building, University of Oslo

The development of the Norwegian welfare state, 1945-1970

The vision of a welfare community that provided the people with social security from ‘cradle to grave’ was largely realised in the period between 1945 and 1970. The development of a Norwegian welfare state was part of broader international commitments to meet the need for social security in a modern society – with roots dating back to the late…

2020.07.17 | Film, Byron Zachary Rom-Jensen, Region-building, Nation building, Public policy, Aarhus University

Film: The Nordic Model: A Complex Concept

The Nordic Model’ is a concept that appears frequently in scholarship, media reports, and public debates to refer to the socio-political organization and progressive values of the Nordic countries. While the concept has been applied since at least the 1980s, it lacks a standard definition and thus is open to variation and alteration. The term has…

Helsingør in Denmark is only 6 km from the coast of Sweden & sits on the Oresund, a narrow strait for ships that have travelled to/from the Baltic sea for centuries. Picture:colourbox.

2020.07.07 | Podcast, Anders Ravn Sørensen, Kazimierz Musiał, Larisa Kangaspuro, Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha, Mads Mordhorst, Michael Bennedsen-Hansen, Nicola Witcombe, Norbert Götz, Nation building

Podcast: The Nordics and Identity

From the outside, it is assumed that the populations of the Nordic countries are fairly homogeneous and that there is a relatively high level of gender equality and acceptance of different sexualities and diversity. In short, identity is not much of a problem. On closer examination, however, there are similar tendencies to elsewhere, such as more…

The website nordics.info is based at Aarhus University and is a part of the University Hub Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW).

2020.05.19 | Podcast, Jørgen Fink, Nation building, The Borders of the Nordics, Aarhus University

Podcast: The reunification of Denmark, 1920

Listen to a potted history of the reunification of Denmark in 1920 in either English or Danish! This is the first of several podcasts where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til historien om Danmarks genforening i 1920 på engelsk eller dansk!…

A Danish electionposter from 1920 saying 'Vote for Denmark: We are Danish, we think and feel Danish. One day, what is right will happen.' Similar nationalistic german posters circulated at the time. Drawn by Rasmus Christiansen. Source: Rigsarkivet, CC BY-SA 2.0.

2020.05.05 | Article, Jørgen Fink, Nation building, The Borders of the Nordics, Aarhus University

The reunification of Denmark in 1920

The reunification of Southern Jutland with Denmark was made possible in 1920 with the German defeat in the First World War. It took place in June 1920 after a process that in fact started with Germany's admission of defeat in October 1918 and its ensuing request for an armistice. The reunification followed a plebiscite in the concerned areas. In…

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