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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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Winner of Peace Prize calls for ceasefire: “The law says we have two languages. That's all there is to it.”

MARTTI AHTISAARI was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work in achieving peaceful solutions to international conflicts. He has been in many centres of conflict and has succeeded in getting adversaries to lay down their weapons and make peace. One of his most important successes was his contribution to the status negotiations in Kosovo.

English Finnish, Swedish

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