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The next supermodel

The next supermodel | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
SMALLISH countries are often in the vanguard when it comes to reforming government. In the 1980s Britain was out in the lead, thanks to Thatcherism and...
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This article hits many points and backs up why the region is the way it is.  There is comparison to other parts of Europe and the United States, and in most cases proving superior.  Then again with all great societies there are also flaws, which are talked about at the end.  I must say it is helpful to reflect when a source gives different perspectives and points out negatives and positives to a topic.

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Five things to love about snow in Sweden (and five things to hate) - The Local

Five things to love about snow in Sweden (and five things to hate) - The Local | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
With southern Sweden bracing for the season's first big snow storm, The Local offers up some of the best (and worst) things about life with the white stuff.
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Here in New England, the first few snowstorms act as a winter wonderland for most.  Once February and even March rolls around, people are wishing for the sun and beaches.  In Sweden, it's inevitable that it will snow much more frequently and the natives have seemed to adapt to their climate.  Contrary to my fellow New Englanders who tend to complain and wish for heat in a snowstorm, then wish for cold in a heatwave.

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Why is Scandinavia so rich? | Touristmaker

Why is Scandinavia so rich? | Touristmaker | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Probably many people have ever wondered why the Scandinavian states are so rich. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and
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Is it luck?  There a few reasons why people may be so wealthy.  Many of them act as a domino-effect such as the 4th reason because of the weather, people find other things to do, and in most cases they're prosperous. Many reasons are intertwined together and that is what creates a strong community is the connections the people share.

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Sweden Is Closing Prisons Due to Lack of People to Put In Them

Sweden Is Closing Prisons Due to Lack of People to Put In Them | Scandinavia | Scoop.it

As the prison population spirals out of control in the United States, Sweden finds itself with an interesting and opposite predicament: it has too many prisons and not enough prisoners.

 

The issue isn't lack of crime in Sweden—in fact, the crime rate has actually increased slightly there—but rather a strong emphasis on rehabilitating criminals, rather than locking them up. The prison population declined 6 percent between 2011 and 2012. In the United States, by comparison, federal facilities are 40 percent over capacity.

 

The New York Times highlighted this contrast in an editorial last week describing what the U.S. can learn from European prisons, where the vast majority of stays are less than 12 months. In U.S. state prisons, for example, the average is three years. It's not just that prison stays are shorter in Europe, however; prisons treat prisoners differently, giving them more privacy and freedom, and generally gearing their time behind bars toward reentering society. And, at the end of the day, that produces better results than locking people up and throwing away the key. [The Guardian]

 

 


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Finland: 2012's World Design Capital - Huffington Post

Finland: 2012's World Design Capital - Huffington Post | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Finland: 2012's World Design CapitalHuffington PostAnd so it does this year, as Helsinki, Finland has been chosen to be the World Design Capital and, true to the quote, the city never says "Look at me." Indeed, all of Finland's quiet restraint, dignity...

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Finland ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe

Finland ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Finland has been ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe by the Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) 2013.  Australia is named the most dynamic country in the world followed by Chile, China and New Zealand.  Finland holds the joint fifth place with Canada. Australia climbed to the top from the seventh place in 2012, and China rose 17 places from last year. ...

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‘We chose democracy & human rights over banks’ – Iceland president

‘We chose democracy & human rights over banks’ – Iceland president | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
What can Iceland teach the world about the power of the people and the rule of law? To discuss these issues, Oksana is joined by the President of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson.

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Sweden ranked first for treatment of elderly in UN report - BBC News

Sweden ranked first for treatment of elderly in UN report - BBC News | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
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Sweden ranked first for treatment of elderly in UN report
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Sweden is the best place in the world to be old and Afghanistan the worst, according to a UN-backed global study.
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Tesla Model S Was Best-Selling Car In Norway For September

Tesla Model S Was Best-Selling Car In Norway For September | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Well, here's a first: The best-selling car in Norway is the Tesla Model S. Not the best-selling electric car. Not the best-selling car with a plug. For the month of September, the Tesla Model S was the best-selling car, period.
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Why Scandinavia can teach us a thing or two about surviving a recession

Why Scandinavia can teach us a thing or two about surviving a recession | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Sweden, Denmark and Norway are coping better with the economic downturn than most countries, despite having an expensive welfare system
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What caught my eye was the paragraph five up from the bottom.  It explained the plan the Norway has had and will continue to do so...  When describing the recession from around 2009, Norway suffered little because of excellent planning.  They have fortunate placement near oil and gas reserves in the North Sea and using this advantage they have a saved and set amount for the total revenue.  It is estimated to be upwards of 2.5 trillion kroner or at least 400 billion U.S. dollars.  Annually they take out only 4% for the national budget which is a very smart thing to do.

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10 Countries With the Highest Tax Rate

10 Countries With the Highest Tax Rate | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
As the saying goes, there are only two sure things in life: Death and Taxes. No matter where you live (unless you own a country), you're going to be s...
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Of the ten countries listed, three are from Scandinavia; Sweden at 2, Denmark at 3, and Finland at 9.  At first thought, high taxes tend to anger people and is obviously not appealing to the average person.  Yet when the tax money is redistributed to necessities like education, public transit, healthcare, and even a basic pension that are all either subsidized or completely free, it makes you think twice about taxes.

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Here's Why Finland Is A Great Place To Run A Startup - Business Insider

Here's Why Finland Is A Great Place To Run A Startup - Business Insider | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
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Here's Why Finland Is A Great Place To Run A Startup
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Here are just a few reasons why Finland seems to be a great place to have a startup. The startup ecosystem is highly supportive of each other.
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The government helps new businesses start up, in return the company then would have to pay the government through taxes and other fees.  There are also new jobs created for people in the area and new ideas being brought in.  It works almost like a loan, and ultimately a win-win situation for both parties.

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What Makes Scandinavia Such A Happy Place?

What Makes Scandinavia Such A Happy Place? | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
LONDON -- In many countries, authoritarian governments speak only of prosperity in terms of economic wealth.

If they are the governments of oil-rich countries, they speak of how the country i...
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All these reasons make it sound like a Utopia.  There major point that I found interesting is trust.  People trust each other, they share hope and common good.  When comparing to a married couple with trust issues, then to people of the region being able to supposedly trust strangers within their country it's very strange.  In a crazy world where we sometimes can't even trust some of our friends, what do the Scandinavians do so different?

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Travelwise: What Copenhagen can teach the world

Travelwise: What Copenhagen can teach the world | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
While Denmark’s capital may not be perfect, its successes in sustainability and liveability provide teaching points for metropolises across the globe. (Happy, liveable cities. A product of policies, infrastructure, lifestyle, culture?

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In search of the Scandinavian dream: What's it like to live the Nordic Life? - The Independent

In search of the Scandinavian dream: What's it like to live the Nordic Life? - The Independent | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
In search of the Scandinavian dream: What's it like to live the Nordic Life?

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Sweden, Sustainability and the Future

Sweden, Sustainability and the Future | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Sweden is a sustainability and renewable energy pioneer, far out in front of most other countries, but countries are now looking to follow its example.

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Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden

Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden | Scandinavia | Scoop.it

This house on the west coast of Sweden is a family retreat and is a contemporary interpretation of the vernacular Swedish farmhouse, while living in close contact with nature.


The house is clad with untreated wood on the outside that will turn grey over time. The inside of the house is more delicate. The large living room / kitchen can be opened up with large sliding glazed doors so the inside becomes part of the outside.

It's considered a "'super-normal" house that is both modern and traditional at the same time.

 

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Public Masturbation 'OK' In Sweden, Lawyer Says

Public Masturbation 'OK' In Sweden, Lawyer Says | Scandinavia | Scoop.it
Public masturbators in Sweden now may be able to get off without charges. (Public masturbation 'OK' in Sweden: Lawyer http://t.co/qFXTzkvORC)

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Cumshot tournaments on the beach?

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In Surprisingly Bold Move, Sweden Offers a Home to All Syrian Refugees

In Surprisingly Bold Move, Sweden Offers a Home to All Syrian Refugees | Scandinavia | Scoop.it

Sweden has just offered a glimpse of light in a somberly dark tunnel for thousands of Syrian refugees displaced by violence and war. The Swedish government announced on September 3 that it would be granting permanent residency to any Syrian refugee seeking asylum that's already fled to Sweden.

This makes the Scandinavian nation the first and only country in the EU to have this kind of open-door policy for Syrians dealing with one of the worst sectarian bloodshed in modern history.

According to Annie Hoernblad, the spokesperson for the Migration Agency in Sweden, "The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future."


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