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A think tank exploring Nordic models for Scotland.
 Joined September 2016    www.nordichorizons.org
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Finland has a 1300 km long land border with Russia, it fought two wars in the 1940s to defend then reclaim lost territory, and is now applying to join NATO. There, most knowledge of Finland ends.Which is a shame.Because a staple of Finnish life could offer a permanent solution to supply crises in Britain – if we could learn to rely on cooperatives not corporations to deliver. The...
Finland has a 1300 km long land border with Russia, it fought two wars in the 1940s to defend then reclaim lost territory, and is now applying to join NATO. There, most knowledge of Finland ends.Which is a shame.Because a staple of Finnish life could offer a permanent solution to supply crises in Britain – if we could learn to rely on cooperatives not corporations to deliver. The...
It's twelve years since Dan Wynn and Lesley Riddoch set up a think tank to focus on the policy successes of Scotland's Nordic neighbours. Since then, Nordic Horizons has organised almost 70 meetings - most of them in person until the pandemic lockdown in 2020. Now Nordic Horizons meets online - less disruption and travel for speakers and more access for Scots living outside Edinburgh....
It's twelve years since Dan Wynn and Lesley Riddoch set up a think tank to focus on the policy successes of Scotland's Nordic neighbours. Since then, Nordic Horizons has organised almost 70 meetings - most of them in person until the pandemic lockdown in 2020. Now Nordic Horizons meets online - less disruption and travel for speakers and more access for Scots living outside Edinburgh....
'Finland doesn’t have a long history of Kings and castles. We have always been occupied. When we finally became free the country was built on language, literature, music, paintings. Sibelius created the distinctive sound of Finland. You can hear his enthusiasm for the country – the Finnish sagas, the stories, folklore and the language that is ours and only ours - but at the same time...
'Finland doesn’t have a long history of Kings and castles. We have always been occupied. When we finally became free the country was built on language, literature, music, paintings. Sibelius created the distinctive sound of Finland. You can hear his enthusiasm for the country – the Finnish sagas, the stories, folklore and the language that is ours and only ours - but at the same time...
Is Scotland set to follow Norway with a shift to kindergarten for the early years and a school starting age 6/7 not the present 4/5?Just 12 per cent of countries send five-year-olds to school. Almost all are former parts of the British Empire, clinging to a model devised to release women from childcare as quickly as possible, so they could work in Victorian factories instead. Child welfare...
Is Scotland set to follow Norway with a shift to kindergarten for the early years and a school starting age 6/7 not the present 4/5?Just 12 per cent of countries send five-year-olds to school. Almost all are former parts of the British Empire, clinging to a model devised to release women from childcare as quickly as possible, so they could work in Victorian factories instead. Child...
Why did district heating start on farms in Denmark?Are the Norwegians wiser to depend on electrification?Could Scotland do something game changing with smart, local energy networks?Will nuclear help Sweden reach net zero?This 50 minute podcast of the COP 26 - Nordic Verdict event tackles all these big questions with contributions from Viktoria Raft, a former energy journalist and...
Why did district heating start on farms in Denmark?Are the Norwegians wiser to depend on electrification?Could Scotland do something game changing with smart, local energy networks?Will nuclear help Sweden reach net zero?This 50 minute podcast of the COP 26 - Nordic Verdict event tackles all these big questions with contributions from Viktoria Raft, a former energy journalist and...
Since Scotland's 'local' elections in May 2022, there’s been much debate about coalitions and control. But there’s a bigger question – are Scottish councils with an average of 175 thousand inhabitants really local at all? And does that not matter?The EU average council has a relatively meagre 10 thousand inhabitants. And Vágur, on the isolated southern Faroese island of Suðuroy,...
This is a podcast edited from the conversation between three Nordic experts talking about Russian aggression in Ukraine and the way it is unravelling 70 years of neutrality and non-alignment in Scandinavia. It deals with opinion polls suggesting most Swedes and Finns want to join NATO, but questions American commitment to the Alliance - in light of remarks made five years ago by President...
As Scotland approaches local elections for the developed world’s largest local authorities, Nordic Horizons asks what’s the ideal size for a truly local council? Is it 175 thousand inhabitants – the Scottish average? 10 thousand – the EU average? Or just 80 folk? That’s the number of people in the council of Vágur on the southern Faroese island of Suduroy. And they...
If Russia invades Ukraine will neutrality end for Nordic nations like Finland? Is NATO membership the answer – or part of the problem? Is war imminent or being talked up by the West? All eyes are on Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states neighbouring Russia as President Putin’s forces continue to manoeuvre on their borders and international diplomacy goes into over-drive. But the...
If Russia invades Ukraine will neutrality end for Nordic nations like Finland? Is NATO membership the answer - or part of the problem?
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