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PODCAST: NATO membership for Finland & Sweden – the end of Baltic neutrality??

This podcast was produced after a fascinating online Nordic Horizons meeting in March 2022, eight weeks before the Swedish and Finnish premiers announced their intention to join NATO. It explores their fears about Russian intervention during the accession process when both states might be vulnerable to attack, their reasons for not originally joining NATO along with neighbours Denmark and Norway in the 1950s and fears that a change in US President might make NATO a less stable long-term bet than it currently appears. Nordic Horizons · NATO, Nordics and Russian Aggression Our speakers – 3 Nordic experts and one Scot discuss opinion polls suggesting most Swedes and Finns want to join NATO and predict whether that will happen. They consider how well Nordic non-alignment has worked for 7...Read More

NEW PODCAST Powerful pint-sized Nordic democracy

Since elections for the developed world’s largest local authorities in May 2022, there’s been much debate about coalitions and control. But there’s a bigger question – are Scottish councils with an average of 175 thousand inhabitants really local at all? And why does that not seem to matter? The EU average council has a relatively meagre 10 thousand inhabitants. And Vágur, on the isolated southern Faroese island of Suðuroy, has just 1377 folk. But they’re doing pretty well, self-building a 50m swimming pool to honour their local swimming champion, a Sports High School and witnessing a population boom after 70 years of decline. All pioneered by their ultra local municipality. And although the Faroes is tiny (just 55k population) and has its own devolved parliam...Read More

PODCAST – How Denmark & Sweden heat homes without mains gas

None of Scotland’s Nordic neighbours depends on gas for heating – but 85% of Scottish homes do. How did they jump this green hurdle & what can Scotland learn? Norway actually exports gas to Britain but uses its own clean hydro energy to heat its own Norwegian homes. So should Scotland fix its current energy crisis by installing district heating as Sweden and Denmark have done – or by going electric like Norway? That was just one of the big climate crisis questions answered in a Nordic Horizons event weeks after the 2021 gathering of activists and world leaders in Glasgow – COP26, the Nordic verdict. Now you can hear a 50 minute podcast of that online meeting with edited highlights of the lively, eye-opening conversation between Viktoria Raft, an energy journalis...Read More

It’s all change at Nordic Horizons

Lily Greenan is stepping down after a decade of organising many of the 60 in-person events we’ve held in the Scottish Parliament and other Edinburgh venues since 2010.

The Great Green Danes have become UN climate champions 2021

People often wonder what happens to Nordic Horizons speakers – in the case of Samsø and Søren Hermansen – they just keep going from strength to strength. The tiny Danish island has just been made UN climate leader award winner for 2021 for; ‘completely transforming its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable energy to become the world’s first renewable energy island. Key results that have been achieved include: becoming carbon negative; 100% local ownership of renewable energy investments; and significant socio-economic benefits from the energy transition.’ More info here – https://unfccc.int/climate-action/un-global-climate-action-awards/climate-leaders/samso Søren Hermansen and the Samsø team will be at COP 26 to receive their award on Nov 10th. Nordic ...Read More

Electric Dreams

Electric cars in Norway have risen to a record 54% market share, making this Nordic country the first in the world where the sale of electric cars has outstripped any other type for a full year. It’s quite a milestone for January 2021 and was forecast in a Nordic Horizons event just over two years ago. There’s nothing mystical about Norway’s electric car success – using taxes and giving leccie cars traffic priority have been big factors. Read more about the latest news via https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/05/electric-cars-record-market-share-norway. Watch the short video about Norway’s electric car strategy in the Nordic Horizons clip below. It features  Petter Haugneland, Communications Director, Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association. Vimeo V...Read More

How are Nordic neighbours managing Covid?

Nordic Horizons guide to Celtic Connections 2020

So many fabulous Nordic performers are appearing at Celtic Connections in January 2020, it seemed a good idea to list them. Each year, Scotland’s largest traditional music festival presents a “showcase Scotland” partnership with a different nation. This year’s it’s Finland … so there are loads of performances featuring Finnish artists playing with top stars of the Scottish Trad Music scene. Get booking folks. Norway Jan 19th 7.30pm Mitchell Theatre Scots fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers is based in Norway, and is reprising Owerset, her New Voices commission that’s themed around Scots and Gaelic words originating in Old Norse. It features a six-piece ensemble on fiddles, trumpet, accordion, guitars and double bass. Sarah-Jane is playing with the fabulous Scots pianist, flautist and composer Hamis...Read More

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