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By now it’s become clear that Scandinavians and Nordic nations do a lot of things better than other countries. They have the smallest gender gaps, among the highest test scores, and the lowest levels of inequality. Now, they’re set to rub their transportation superiority in our faces. Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is about to launch a […]

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The difference between the school children of immigrant background and the native ones is greater in Finland compared to other European countries, a study has found. According to the research of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in the OECD 2012, the children of immigrant background in the country are averagely 2-3 years behind in […]

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Maria, a four-year-old girl, is a Norwegian citizen. But her asylum-seeking mother has to leave Norway after her application for protection was denied. In one week, a court case will seek to determine whether she grows up in Norway or in the largest urban slum in the African country of Kenya. Maria holds Norwegian citizenship […]

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Stockholm’s CinemAfrica film festival, which opens this Wednesday, is Scandinavia’s biggest and longest-running African film festival. This year’s festival marks a rejuvenation of sorts, with some of the most exciting young filmmakers as guests, including Jonah’s Kibwe Tavares, art-world superstar Wangechi Mutu, multivalent director/producer Jim Chuchu, debut-directing literary artist Abdellah Taïa, and Frances Bodomo, fresh off Sundance success. In addition, special […]

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If you’re against transparency, gender equality and babies, then Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland probably aren’t for you. 1. Surreal natural beauty (Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images) Let’s start with the most in-your-face: Aurora Borealis. Norway’s fjords. That mouthful of a volcano, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull. Nordic countries are the place to go for a jaw-dropping experience of the sublime. […]

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