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18 Reasons Why Nordic Countries Are Better Than Yours

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. […]

In trying to make myself heard above the clamour of pro-Nordic propaganda in the British (indeed, global) media, and shake a few people out of their decade-long Scandi-trances, I hereby plead guilty to a selective, provocative slant on the region. Everything in my recent piece Dark lands: the grim truth behind the “Scandinavian miracle” was true, and […]

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Television in Denmark is rubbish, Finnish men like a drink – and Sweden is not exactly a model of democracy. Why, asks one expert, does everybody think the Nordic region is a utopia? For the past few years the world has been in thrall to all things Nordic (for which purpose we must of course […]

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Weather system disrupts flora and fauna in Nordic countries, with bears reportedly emerging from hibernation. The freezing polar vortex that has gripped the US has extended an abnormally mild winter in Scandinavia and disrupted the seasonal patterns of flora and fauna. The weather system that brought snow, ice and record low temperatures to many parts of the United States this week left Iceland, […]

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