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Don't Worry, Be Happy

State of Democracy in the Nordic Countries

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The Nordic Council of Ministers has analysed data from interviews with residents of the Nordic Region to explore how democratic participation and perceptions of democracy have changed since the beginning of the 2000s. The study shows that although interest in politics has increased in the region since 2002, there is no discernible trend with regard to trust in national parliaments or trust in politicians. Compared with the rest of Europe, those living in the Nordic Region have a high level of trust in the European Parliament. Interest in politics in the region is also greater than in the rest of Europe. This report is authored by the policy analysis unit at the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers. It forms part of the unit’s report series exploring current key topics from a Nordic perspective.

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The Nordic Region and Europe

Studies and articles regularly point to the high level of trust that the Nordic countries have in their political institutions compared with the rest of the world. This also holds true when the Nordic countries are compared to other European countries. In the Nordic countries the level of interest in politics and the level of trust in national parliaments were higher than the European average. Election turnout is also higher in the Nordic Region than in the rest of Europe.

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