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Interview with Norway’s Minister of Culture & Communication

Scandinavian Press

Winter 2015

SP I noticed from your resume that about 25 years ago you were a journalist for a Norwegian financial newspaper. What prompted you to switch careers to the foreign service? Mr. Øyslebø I saw an opportunity to explore other countries from the inside, and to see my own country from a different perspective. Only by first understanding how you are perceived by others is it possible to have a successful interaction with them. Understand them first in order to be understood. SP We are focusing in this issue on all things Arctic. With reference to Norway…

Welcome to the Arctic Circle!

Scandinavian Press

Winter 2015

Part of the United States lies above the Arctic Circle, but except for some folks in Alaska, the Arctic Circle probably seems more like a concept than a place where real people live, work, raise families, and yes, nurture dreams. Some of us may even be hard pressed to find the Arctic Circle on a globe. We’ll give you a hint: it is at the top of the world and looks a little like the diagram on this page. This is a map of the entire circumpolar region. If it looks strange it is because we usually don’t look at a globe from the top, but from the side…

Interview with Finland’s Arctic Ambassador

Scandinavian Press

Winter 2015

Aleksi Härkönen is an affable but serious man with a wry sense of humor that takes you by surprise when you are least expecting it. I decided after the first ten minutes that Aleksi would make a great next door neighbor, and that is exactly what he promotes: good neighbor relations in the far north. He represents both his own country and the entire European Union with regard to all things Arctic, and that is particularly significant because in a little over a year from now, Finland will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from the U.S. Mr. Härkönen…

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