Nordics.info is part of ReNEW's public outreach program. “Nordic countries are often presented in either a utopian or a dystopian light. The truth usually lies somewhere between the two. With nordics.info we seek to reflect the complexity of Norden in a way that is accessible and interesting to a broad general readership.” states Mary Hilson, Professor at the School of Culture and Society and member of ReNEW’s Steering Group.
What does ‘Nordic’ mean?
“With nordics.info we are responding to a recent demand for knowledge and, importantly, critical analysis about the Nordic region,” states Nicola Witcombe who is the editor of nordics.info. “Visitors to the site are invited to decide for themselves what ‘Nordic’ means and encompasses.”
The world is fascinated by the brand ‘Nordic’; not only TV series and design, but also the models of social welfare and ways of living. Both nordics.info and the ReNEW project grew out of the growing global interest in the Nordic region and the need for more accessible, evidence-based material and research in the current debate.
Readers can currently find short articles on the Nordics answering questions like: Why does the world love Danish TV drama? How does universal healthcare work? What is the parliamentary culture in the Nordic countries like? Potential visitors may include a journalist researching an article on Bernie Sanders’ references to the Nordic model, someone enjoying the most recent TV season of Scandinavian crime drama, or academics seeking an overview of a particular topic.
The new website is hosted at Aarhus University and content is produced by a wide range of researchers but particularly those from the six ReNEW universities; Aarhus, Copenhagen Business School, Iceland, Helsinki, Oslo and Södertörn.