In 2013, The Economist proclaimed the Nordics to be “The Next Supermodel,” citing their unique blend of competitiveness and innovation, equality and wellbeing. In Asia and other parts of the world, Nordic models have also attracted interest, not only for welfare and education, but also other aspects of the “Nordic way.” Yet, the glowing idealization of the region has been tempered by the electoral success of populist parties and the treatment of asylum-seekers and migrants. The Nordic countries represent utopia to some but dystopia to others.
Whether as an object of admiration or criticism, the Nordic model remains a common reference point in comparative and global politics.
The University of Oslo will host the 46th NERA congress on Educational Research in March 2018
Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki, collaboration with UiO:Nordic, invites scholars to the second Nordic Challenges Conference 7-9 March 2018 in Helsinki.