Norway

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

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

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

People Sized Government : Lessons from Norway

Sponsored by Maree Todd MSP Supported by the Scottish Government Speaker: Frode Lindtvedt, Director of Local Democracy, International Politics and External Affairs at KS March 9 – 17.30 -19.30 at the Scottish Parliament Scotland has the largest councils in Europe, serving on average 170,000 people. The European average is 14,000. It's thought that the remoteness of Scottish 'local' government contributes to our low turnout rates – 38% at the last council elections. Now the Convention Of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) have both called for large councils to be broken up. Can Scotland afford more genuinely local democracy? How would councils in economically deprived areas manage if they relied on their own localities for income? Wou...Read More

Women’s Quotas and The Norwegian Experience – meeting notes

Women’s Quotas and The Norwegian Experience – meeting notes Women’s Quotas – The Norwegian experience NORDIC HORIZONS with Mai-Lill Ibsen and Arne Selvik Lecture Theatre Moray House,  EH8 8AQ    6pm  2nd  December 2014 In 2002 the Norwegian conservative Trade Minister announced a ‘Quota Law’ requiring publically listed companies to appoint 40% of the under-represented gender to their boards or face being closed down. Despite criticism the law came into force in 2006. Around 500 PLC’s were affected and during a two year transition period a hundred opted to delist from the Oslo Stock Exchange – some to avoid the quotas. Since then numbers of women on PLC boards has risen from 10% to 40%. Research suggests board selection is now more professional and international, and female boar...Read More

Notes from a lecture

Lesley Riddoch, acclaimed Scottish journalist and commentator, visited the University of Oslo on 28 February to give a lecture on Scottish independence and Nordic linkages. The event was co-hosted by British Politics Society, Norway and the students’ union at the Department of Political Science. In front of a young academic audience, Riddoch emphasised the proximity between Scotland and the Nordic countries – geologically, historically and culturally – on the basis of which Scotland may be perceived as the southern tip of the Nordic region just as much as the northern tip of Britain. The relationship with Norway may have a particular relevance when seen against the latter’s short history as an independent nation and the many shared characteristics of the two countries, such as the extensiv...Read More

The story so far.

Journalist Lesley Riddoch and activist Dan Wynn organised a launch meeting in Holyrood during April 2010 introduced by an MSP from each of the main Holyrood parties and conducted in a round table format to include contributions from other MSPs like former Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander, Nordic, German and Scottish academics, policy specialists and interested members of the public. Around 70 people were present and some Napier students made a short film you can view here. In August 2010 The Viking Feminists was a Festival of Politics event with two speakers – Agneta Stark a member of Sweden’s gender equality movement the “support stockings” and Henny Aune, a pioneer of Norway’s outdoor kindergarten system. We had help from Nordic/Scottish based businesses Boda Bar and Kinnarps, thin...Read More

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