Nordic Cooperation : Self-interest or Altruism?

Listen to a podcast on how Nordic cooperation works through politicians, civil servants and civil society, and how it is often more driven by self-interest than at first appears.

Two women speaking in a podcast studio.
Sunniva Engh (right) is Associate Professor of History at the Department of Archeology, Conservation and History, Oslo University. Melina Antonia Bunns (left) recently completed her PhD at the same department.

The Nordics are often seen as ethical countries as they have a reputation for being environmentally friendly and for giving a lot in development aid. While the Nordic countries have often been global frontrunners in these two areas, they are of course not only motivated by altruism or the wish to act collectively; decision-making is complex and often has more to do with self-interest, diplomacy and national politics.

In this podcast, two historians lift the curtain on how Nordic cooperation has functioned since the 1960s with respect to environmentalism and development aid – on a national, regional and global level. Sunniva Engh has researched development aid in the Nordics and its interplay with other policy areas, and Melina Antonia Buns is an international environmental historian and has researched environmental cooperation in the Nordics.