The Nordic welfare state sparks interest in China

The interest in the Nordic welfare state model resulted in a book in Chinese.

Pauli Kettunen

Professors Pauli Kettunen from the Department of Economic and Political Studies at the University of Helsinki, Stein Kuhnle (University of Bergen & Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Chen Yinzhang (Nordic Centre at Fudan University) and Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark) are the editors of a book about the Nordic welfare state. The book has now been published and translated into Chinese.

"The globalisation process includes comparing various 'models' and competing with each other. The Nordic model typically assumes that economic growth, increased social equality and strengthened democracy support each other," says Professor Kettunen, explaining how the interest in the Nordic welfare state has boomed in China.

The book, with its 16 articles depicting the Nordic welfare history, distinctive characteristics and challenges was written thanks to the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorWel at the University of Helsinki. The book release was enabled thanks to the co-operation between NordWel and Nordic Centre at Fudan University, Shanghai. Through strong support from the Nordic Centre at Fudan University the necessary aid for the translation made the book release possible. Financial support for the translation was also given from the Danish fund A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal.

"The book signifies an important initiative that creates opportunities for research that is extremely topical in both the Nordic countries and China. Together with researchers both at Fudan University and the academies of social sciences of China and Shanghai we have plans for further comparative research co-operation," ads Pauli Kettunen, Director of NordWel.

The book launch coincided with the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University.

The distribution and sale of the book in the Nordic countries are currently being discussed.

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Text: Nathalie Edman
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
1.6.2010
Translation: AAC Global
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