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Ancient chewing gum in Scandinavia

Ancient Chewing Gum Reveals Secrets Of Stone Age Scandinavians

DNA from 10,000-year-old chewing gum reveals many secrets and habits of Stone Age Scandinavians. Chewing gum may seem like a modern habit but that’s apparently not quite the case. Scientists have recovered DNA that is nearly 10,000...
A lone hiker in Norway

Scandinavia May Not Be The Happiest Place On Earth After All

One study provides an alternative view on happiness in northern Europe. The Nordic countries are consistently ranked as the happiest countries in the world according to World Happiness Reports published since 2012. Because of this, other...
Viking longhouse at Avaldsnes in Norway

Viking Homes Were Stranger Than Fiction

Inside the Viking household: portals to the dead, magical artefacts and ‘slaves’. The Vikings are more popular than ever. TV shows such as Last Kingdom and Vikings have added dramatic license to particular historical accounts, while new...
Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Solskjaer: It’s Not About Him

Leading lessons from Manchester United’s Norwegian caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. If you see a group of people and hear them chanting, “Ole’s at the wheel! Tell me how good does it feel!” you have found yourself...
Angry Norwegian Vigeland Park

Brexit: A Norwegian View

Could Norway’s relationship with EU be the answer for a post-Brexit Britain? The UK parliament’s rejection of the government’s Brexit deal has put the idea of a “Norway-plus” model back on the table as a possible...
Boy skiing in Norway

How To Get ‘Ski Fit’

Winter sports holidays are all the rage, but with more older people now hitting the slopes, there has been an inevitable rise in snow sport-related injuries. The knee joint is especially vulnerable – accounting for 30%...
A Swedish bonfire

Sweden Election: “Yes, the far right made gains, but we’re not falling apart”

Our friends across the border in Sweden are recovering after a very tense election night. The centre-right and the centre-left blocs have effectively secured very similar shares of the vote, but neither have come away with...
The flags of the Nordic nations

Equality and the Nordic Model

One researcher ponders what the world can learn about equality from the Nordic model. Rising inequality is one of the biggest social and economic issues of our time. It is linked to poorer economic growth and fosters...
One of the Artscape Nordland collection of public art

How to Do Environmental Art Right

36 permanent sculptures make up the Artscape Nordland collection, spread out across hundreds of miles of rural northern Norway. This article was originally published at The Conversation by Rachel Withers, Senior Lecturer in History & Theory of...
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Is Life In Norway as Happy as It’s Cracked Up To Be?

For progressives around the world, it has become almost a pastime to romanticise the quasi-socialist Scandinavian countries. This article was originally published at The Conversation by Nathan John Albury, research fellow at the University of Oslo. It is...