A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?

Posted on 20. April 2015 by Noora Löfström Around the world, Scandinavia is often portrayed as a role model: the welfare system, close to gender equality, no corruption, good quality of school systems and safe and secure environments. Openness and transparency shape the Nordic societies. You could think that being born in Northern Europe was like … Continue reading A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?

Scandinavia: populists not as strong as feared

Posted on 29. May 2014 by Kati Temonen “No surprises” best describes the election results in Finland unlike in the two other Nordic EU-countries, Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish voters sent members of the populist Swedish Democrats and the Feminist party to the European Parliament as newcomers. The far-right Danish People’s Party won a third of … Continue reading Scandinavia: populists not as strong as feared

It is a shame that so many abstain from the ballots

Posted on 13. May 2014 by Noora Löfström What do young people feel when they think of Europe? What would they want to change, where does the EU plays on their nerves? Handelsblatt Online and FutureLab Europe joined forces to bring up a set of young voices. The respondent today is Noora Lampinen (26) from … Continue reading It is a shame that so many abstain from the ballots

When my country changed

Posted on 05. May 2014 by Sandra Grindgärds In April 2011, when the parliamentary elections took place in Finland, something happened to my country. It was spring and I was having the time of my life as an Erasmus student in Rennes in France. However, on the election night I had told my friends I … Continue reading When my country changed