From Scandinavian democracy to target of British anti-terror laws: the whole world knows about the Icelandic crash, but how did the country get itself into such a mess? Andri Snaer Magnason tells a saga of privatizations, overreaching and astronomical pay checks.
A long, fond look at Norwegian agriculture
Syn og Segn 3/2019
Norwegian quarterly ‘Syn og Segn’ warns against the rise of agribusinesses: how to realize Norway’s potential for self-subsistence? Also, Iceland’s president Guðni Jóhannesson on the republic’s constitutional system.
Norway is guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 (16–19 October), so we dedicated our 18/2019 review to our Norwegian partner journals. Eurozine will be in Frankfurt, co-exhibiting with the municipality of Bergen, to promote the cultural journals’ network. We are organising a panel at the Book Fair’s series of talks, the ‘Weltempfang’ on how to ‘break the bad news’ of climate crisis on Thursday, 17 October, 3-4 pm on the main stage.
Love of the land
Halvorsen and also Sigrid Sørumgård Botheim, Astrid Brekken and Magni Kristin Moe Westgård write about their love of the land, animals and rural communities. Siri Helle enumerates praiseworthy, locally produced foods: ‘the luxuries that should be everyday fare.’ And Torbjørn Tufte argues for making agriculture central to the national economy: ‘the time has come for guarding agricultural land and thus guaranteeing Norway’s potential for producing its own food.’
In an interview with Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, president of Iceland, we learn something about the history and strong constitutional role of the Icelandic presidency. Iceland has had two changes of government in three years; Jóhannesson – formerly an academic historian – comments that ‘it was useful that I knew a great deal about the position and could intervene should it be necessary’. He goes on to discuss his interest in family cohesion, support for effective mental health care and concern for identity issues: ‘nowadays, around ten percent of Icelanders are born outside the country’.
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Published 11 October 2019
Original in English
First published by Eurozine