Knowledge on the Nordics - Launch of ReNEW's public outreach website

On 6th March 2019, was launched at a reception at the Third Nordic Challenges Conference held at Copenhagen Business School. Its purpose is to disseminate reliable, interdisciplinary information on the Nordic region to a global and Nordic audience. Content covers different aspects of the Nordic societies, including history, politics, social policy and culture. The team are continuing to build up a bank of accessible articles and videos – all ReNEW scholars and other relevant researchers are welcome to contribute. 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 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 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 “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 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.  

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