If you read the news about Iceland you must understand that my country tends to be a projection of journalists' wishes. Reporters talk about the place that threw out the government, crowd-sourced a new constitution and made a brand new economic system
Sweden projects an unrealistic image to the world. It is a small country with a thriving cultural export industry that sells whatever the outside world will pay for, which is mostly escapism. Economists call this creativity
The European Union's southern member states have turned the EU into one of the sicker regions of the world. In contrast, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have stood out by keeping much of their reputation and self-confidence intact
The Nordic countries have fared better than other parts of Europe during the financial crisis. What is this down to?
While the Nordic welfare model has demonstrated its strength as a shield against the global financial crisis there were also indications that the model was in urgent need of adjustment
The euro crisis is now threatening to turn the European Union into something fundamentally different. The member countries are divided into two classes -- creditors and debtors -- with the creditors in charge
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia posted a net loss of $1.72 billion. Last year during the same period, Nokia also posted a loss, which only amounted to $451 million
Denmark scored the first major upset, shocking heavy favorites Netherlands, 1-0 in the opening match of Group B or otherwise known as 'Group of Death'. In another Group B match, Germany defeated Portugal, 1-0
Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for a third straight game and Sweden ended its Euro 2012 preparation with a 2-1 victory over Serbia
Travelers to Germany, Switzerland, and Scandinavia will encounter their share of renovations, red tape, and reinvigorated neighborhoods and sights this year
Copenhagen is a thriving metropolis and the main attraction in Denmark. But a trip here isn't complete without a swing through the cute Danish countryside
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange will be able to ask the U.K. Supreme Court to block his extradition to Sweden following an appeals judge's ruling
The stage is set for the 2012 Euro Cup following Friday's draw that saw host Poland and Ukraine getting the top draws while Spain placed in a tougher group. Poland was drawn in Group A along with Greece, Russia, and Czech Republic
According to the IMF, Iceland has graduated from its Fund-supported programme with unqualified success. This column begs to differ
Iceland's economic meltdown has led to a change in its constitution. This can be a lesson for other countries
It is important to understand that the crisis is not fundamentally about Greece. After all, Greece represents only 2.5 percent of the eurozone's GDP, and the bloc's fiscal numbers are not that bad when looked at in the aggregate. The real crisis is the more fundamental question of how the European continent is to be ruled in the 21st century
A little over a week after announcing an agreement with two Chinese investors to help with its liquidity, troubles continued for Saab on Thursday after unions threatened court action over unpaid wages
In Oslo, Norway's capital, a big statue of a tiger sits in front of the train station. A local once explained that Oslo is nicknamed the Tiger City because in the 19th century, when country boys would visit the wild and crazy 'New York City of Norway,' it would 'make a mark on their soul.'
Europe faces a banking crisis it has not wanted to admit even exists
Many people travel across the Atlantic in search of 'Old World' Europe and to witness traditional culture in action. These days, the easiest way to experience traditional culture is by exploring Europe's great open-air folk museums
Welcome, world, to 'Cold War Reloaded: The Arctic Frontier.' Time to pull the pin out of the top of that dusty globe you have on your desk and have a look at the battle line of the future -- rife with oil and high-value raw minerals
Rugged is putting it mildly when it comes to 80 percent of Norway. But I find excuses to return to Norway almost annually. But it's more than how they look. I head for western Norway to experience the best of natural beauty
With several countries in Europe on the verge of default the continent may seem like a bad bet for investors, at first glance. But outside Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain, countries often referred to as the PIIGS, there may be some bright spots for investors
Helsinki and Tallinn are two great capitals in Northern Europe. Just 50 miles and a two-hour ferry ride apart, these two cities -- facing each other across the Baltic Sea from their respective countries of Finland and Estonia -- are not only neighbors, but soul sisters.
The idea sounds positively loony on its face (and it is). But the hope by some anti-whaling countries is that by allowing the three nations that slaughter whales commercially to whale commercially, they can save more whales by persuading those nations to whale in lower numbers. The argument against lifting the ban is that Japan, Iceland and Norway are not trustworthy
The Social Democratic Party in Denmark won the national elections, making party leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt the first woman prime minister
Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde termed as 'farce' the barrage of charges he faces as the first day of his trial began in connection with the collapse of Iceland's banking sector at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis
My sense is that Norway's reaction to its tragedy transcends much of the media coverage about it. Something the headlines can't capture seems to be going on in Norway, some determination among the people, above and beyond any political agenda, to stand -- though wounded, though shattered by grief -- for their highest values
A young man, one considering himself a modern Crusader Knight Templar, initiated the 'terrible' war that he expects will save European Christian civilization from Marxism and the ultimate threat of Muslim conquest
The killer, Anders Behring Breivik, had an agenda, of course. The Utoya murders, along with the deaths meted out by the bomb he detonated in Oslo a short while earlier -- 76 victims in all -- were explicit political killings; but first, they were the product of some psycho-social kink in the human condition, some dark permission to do evil in the name of good
Anders Breivik, the far-far-right-wing monster charged in Norway with the biggest mass murder by a single gunman in modern memory, reminds me of how often delusional minds hate others for what they really see in themselves
Five NATO governments made it known that they want American nuclear weapons removed from their territory. They include the Benelux three, together with Germany and Norway. The five reportedly will ask that all the European NATO governments endorse their position before a meeting in New York in May.