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Anu Partanen: The Nordic Theory of Everything
Anu Partanen: The Nordic Theory of Everything
WhenWednesday, Jan 10, 2018, 7 – 9 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus roomRoom 220
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Scandinavian Studies, Economic Opportunity Institute
Description

Survey after survey has shown that Nordic countries offer their citizens a higher quality of life than what Americans today are generally able to enjoy. Journalist Anu Partanen joins us to discuss some surprising lessons the United States could learn from the successes of Nordic countries on education, health, gender equality, children’s well-being, and overall happiness. In her book The Nordic Theory of Everything Partanen examines Nordic nations that have successfully implemented social benefits such as free college and universal health care—all while remaining wealthy, competitive countries.

Partanen dispels myths fueling the widespread American dismissal of Nordic methods as “socialism” that only works in small, homogeneous countries with a collectivist mindset and an altruistic tolerance for high taxes. Instead Partanen suggests that the United States could learn from the experience of Nordic countries—and offers concrete ways for our country to adapt elements of these successful strategies to strengthen our own values of independence, diversity, freedom, and opportunity.

Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and King County Executive, will introduce the event.

Parking is available in the Red Square Garage

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