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Does the Nordic Region Speak with a FORKED Tongue?

The Queen of Denmark, the Government Minister and others give their views on the Nordic language community

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Why is it impossible to talk Swedish while queuing for a hamburger on a Friday night in Helsinki without getting into a fight, despite Swedish being an official language in Finland? The Queen of Denmark, the Government Minister, the Nobel Prize winner and the young editorinchief all have an intense relationship with language. In this book, they – along with a number of other people with a keen interest in language – talk about how language has shaped their lives, both private and professional. Language affects people – it engages and provokes. And power lies in language. Icelanders and Finns only have access to translated and interpreted material if they have not learned a Scandinavian language. Does the way we handle language in Nordic collaboration mean that we are creating a democratic deficit? How are we affected by tradition on the one hand and by the accelerating change brought about by globalisation on the other? Is it a question of generational boundaries? Would young people in Nordic countries rather speak English than Norwegian? These are some of the issues touched upon in this book. The author is a former journalist in the Swedish media world and has previously been Head of Communications at the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council.

English Finnish, Swedish

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Political map steers Nordic language development

In 1997, a Danish woman left her one-year-old child in a buggy outside a bar in New York and went in for a drink. The police were called, the mother was arrested for ‘child neglect’, the child was taken into care, and a legal process initiated. A similar thing happened a few years later involving a Swedish woman in the USA and, in both cases, the women claimed this was completely normal behaviour in their home countries – something that the American authorities found totally improbable to begin with.

English Finnish, Swedish

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