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A think tank exploring Nordic models for Scotland.
 Joined September 2016
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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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We are aiming to raise £4k to support delivery of Nordic Horizons events and resources for the next year.
The Nordic countries are generally far ahead of the UK and Scotland on climate change. What will their verdict on COP26 be?
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People often wonder what happens to Nordic Horizons speakers – in the case of Samsø and Søren Hermansen – they just keep going from strength to strength. The tiny Danish island has just been made UN climate leader award winner for 2021 for; ‘completely transforming its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable energy to become the world’s first renewable energy island. Key...
With Social Democratic Prime Ministers across Scandinavia for the first time in 20 years, after Norway’s elections this week, Nordic Horizons returns with a Zoom event to examine the changing political mood amongst our Nordic neighbours. Zoom event Wednesday 6th October 19.00 BST by zoom. Contact UsThe post The Nordics are going left first appeared on Nordic Horizons.
Eight years of Conservative Government in Norway have ended as a centre - left coalition has taken over. If Iceland also goes left in their elections next week, all Nordic states will have social democratic governments again, remarkably for the first time in 20 years. With the SNP and Scottish Green Party establishing a cooperation agreement for government in Scotland and the Labour Party and Plaid Cymru discussing similar arrangements for the Welsh Senedd, can we see the revival of social democratic governments in the Nordic countries having lessons for us here?

What are the drivers behind this apparent swing back to the left? How important are environmental issues across the Nordic countries in these changes? Can the arc of prosperity to the north show the way forward to achieve the fairer, greener Scotland promised in the Programme for Government?
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Katrín Oddsdóttir, Øivind Bratberg, Nik Brandal. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch
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