New Podcast Series from Knowledge on the Nordics

2021.02.04 | Nicola Anne Witcombe

What is the state of the Nordics today? How do researchers investigate Nordic society and concepts? 

Join Nicola Witcombe, the editor of, on 12 virtual visits around the Nordic countries and the US in this new podcast series - each time she is joined by researchers who help her find out the answers to key questions about Nordic society.

From February to June 2021, researchers from within the humanities and social sciences offer their unique insight into pressing issues in today’s society, including the welfare state, education systems, Nordic literature, political science, the Nordics’ relationship with the EU, migration, and Nordic branding.

The researchers - from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and the US - give listeners their take on subjects they have studied and researched for years. They also give an overview of upcoming research in their area and how this all plays into the development of Nordic society.

Watch a taster:

Listen to the podcasts:


The Nordic Welfare State - with Stefán Ólafsson, University of Iceland.

Nordic Education and Society - with Janne Holmén, Uppsala and Södertörn Universities.

Nordic Childhood in an Online World - with Elisabeth Staksrud, University of Oslo.

The Past in Nordic Literature - with Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, University of Iceland.

The Legacies of Nordic Colonialism - with Lill-Ann Körber, Aarhus University.

Nordic Collectivism - with Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University.

The Nordic Model - with Caroline de la Porte, Copenhagen Business School.

Nordic Myths of Homogeneity - with Miika Tervonen, University of Helsinki.

Gender and Branding - with Eirinn Larsen, University of Oslo.

Sweden in an International Context - with Carl Marklund


To follow:

Peter Stadius - University of Helsinki, and Mary Hilson - Aarhus University

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On Facebook or Twitter, or find us on your favourite podcast App: #KnowledgeOnTheNordics.

More about and the participants: has grown out of a hub of specialists within the humanities and social sciences, a university hub which seeks to reimagine the image of Norden in today’s world. Many of the scholars being interviewed in this podcast series are also part of the ReNEW University Hub, coordinated from the Centre for Nordic Studies at Helsinki University.

[Page updated on 22nd June 2021]