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Next event announced – Charging Patients: managing demand for healthcare visits in Norway

Date and Venue Tuesday 27 November 2018 Grassmarket Community Project 86 Candlemaker Row Edinburgh EH1 2QA Tor Ingebrigtsen is professor of clinical neuroscience at the University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway and senior adviser to the CEO at the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) in Tromsø, Norway. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch, writer and broadcaster   Spending on health in Scotland is proportionally less than in other European nations, and our NHS is often overwhelmed. Last winter delayed discharge of elderly patients led hospitals to cancel scheduled operations and miss A&E targets. In Norway patients pay to see GPs and need referrals to A&E, and councils, which run hospitals, are charged for bed-blocking. This system was designed to boost doctors’ income, ...Read More

Get the Bairns Oot – Norwegian Kindergartens

Get the Bairns Oot – Norwegian Kindergartens Is Scotland set to follow Norway with a push for outdoor kindergartens? And if so, how do they work? In Arctic Tromso, Turid Boholm set up the Bukkespranget Barnehage (literally ‘child garden’) with support from local parents. Children learn, play and eat outdoors, even in the cold, dark Arctic winter. She described how it’s done, how parents are brought on board and how children benefit. Powerpoint Presentation Download Get the Bairns Oot Democracy TV Vimeo Resources The meeting on June 19 2018 was covered, as usual, by Democracy TV and you can watch the event again here. Soundcloud Podcasts Lesley recorded a short interview with Turid and you can listen here. [/vc_toggle]Get in touch to find out more about Nordic Horizo...Read More

Brexit, Norway and the EEA

Brexit, Norway and the EEA ‘Brexit, Scotland & the EEA: The Nordic half-way house option’ Tuesday 20th March 6pm to 8pm Scottish Parliament Sponsored by Ivan McKee MSP  Brexit makes it more likely Scotland will soon be negotiating its own relationship with Europe. But what will that be? Full EU membership or the expensive “halfway house” inhabited by Norway and Iceland? What’s life like in the EEA? Frustrating – since decisions and regulations are made elsewhere. But worthwhile? Christophe Hillion is professor of European Law at the universities of Leiden and Oslo and researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies. He has advised several European governments on EU legal issues. He discussed...Read More

Next meeting announced

‘Brexit, Scotland & the EEA: The Nordic half-way house option’ Tuesday 20th March 6pm to 8pm Scottish Parliament Sponsored by Ivan McKee MSP  Brexit makes it more likely Scotland will soon be negotiating its own relationship with Europe. But what will that be? Full EU membership or the expensive “halfway house” inhabited by Norway and Iceland? What’s life like in the EEA? Frustrating – since decisions and regulations are made elsewhere. But worthwhile? Christophe Hillion is professor of European Law at the universities of Leiden and Oslo and researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies. He has advised several European governments on EU legal issues. He will discuss the impact of Brexit on...Read More

Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams – Digital Notes Sponsored by the Scottish Government Speaker: Petter Haugneland, Communications Director, Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association Scottish Response from Sarah Beattie-Smith of WWF Chair: Chris Smith Climate change poses serious challenges for transport throughout the world, including for car and vehicle use. As is almost always the case, the Nordic countries are leading the way in developing possible solutions. Norway, in particular, is streets ahead in its support for, and development of, electric vehicles. Come and hear how the Norwegians are making dreams of an electric car future come true, and discuss what Scotland and the UK can learn from their experiences. Petter gave an interesting presentation which you can download below. Sarah Beattie-Smith ...Read More

The Arctic Circle Forum – fringe event

As a packed audience last Sunday at Edinburgh found out, the answer to the question "Is the Future Arctic?" is 'yes'. You can view the proceedings in two videos from Democracy TV below to get a flavour of what the debate was like. But first; we asked some primary school children to pose their questions to the panel. Part 1 Part 2

The Arctic Circles Forum – the pupils’ questions.

We invited the pupils of Pinkie St Peters Primary School in Musselburgh to record some questions for the “Is the Future Arctic?” panel. We showed the questions to the panelists. There was some surprise and general agreement – these were good questions. Check out the answers too. Arctic Circles Forum Pupil Questions from Nordic Horizons on Vimeo.

Arctic Circles Forum Fringe Event Announced – Details and Tickets here.

  You can download and print off the poster as required. Download V3.2 Arctic Circle Fringe Event Poster Here is the link to your booking of FREE tickets Book your tickets here.

The news from Iceland – Really Proud

Thanks to John Mckenzie, Alison Macleod and Maggie Fyffe for taking part in the Nordic Horizons break out session at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2017. Thanks to Kristin Hannesdottir, the Icelandic Consul in Scotland, who hosted the session. Special mention has to be made of Alasdair Macleod who blogged so eloquently about the experience. Brilliant writing and very interesting – his three blogs are below. Arctic Circle , Nordic Horizons Church, Ice Breaker and Rural Broadband Nordic Horizons Session

The Pots & Pans Revolution, Re-heated; Iceland’s Constitutional Comeback

The Pots & Pans Revolution, Re-heated; Iceland’s Constitutional Comeback Supported by the Scottish Government Speaker: Katrin Oddsdóttir – member of the Constitution Council of Iceland and political activist Respondent: Patrick Harvie – MSP, Glasgow, Green Chair: Lesley Riddoch, writer & broadcaster Tuesday 7 November 2017 – 1800-20.00 Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh Iceland’s Crowd Sourced Constitution was kicked into touch by politicians in 2011 — but it’s making a comeback. Katrin Oddsdóttir was one of 25 members of the Constitution Council of Iceland, which drafted the new constitution in a process recognised worldwide for its emphasis on democratic methods and social media tools. The draft constitution contains clauses on environmenta...Read More

Grateful for the mention

The Scottish Government has released a detailed policy document .  We, at Nordic Horizons, are delighted to see this vision from the Scottish Government of closer practical cooperation and collaboration with our northern neighbours. It is also gratifying to see mention of our efforts in shaping some of the thinking by providing the opportunity for speakers. Without going all Oscar acceptance speech here, it is a team effort and we are grateful for the support of so many ; event audiences, academics, social media followers, civil servants, and everyone else to make the events happen. Thanks again. Here is the full press release.

Climate Change – the View from Norway

Climate Change – the View from Norway – Digital Notes Professor Tore Furevik delivered an interesting and engaging presentation at the recent Nordic Horizons event. Despite a number technical challenges, we have assembled a range of digital artefacts which capture the event. Presentation Here is a copy of his full presentation. You can download here. Vimeo Video Resources We have video footage of the whole event from Democracy TV which you can view below; We also recorded a short interview with Professor Furevik before the event and he outlined the main topics of his presentation. Climate Change – the View from Norway from Nordic Horizons on Vimeo. Soundcloud Podcasts Here are the Soundcloud recordings of both the main presentation and the Q&A session. The challenges ...Read More

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