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Snapshot,
Bo Rothstein

The days of Swedish exceptionalism are over. The country no longer has an exceptionally strong social democracy. Its level of inequality is no longer exceptionally low, and its level of public spending will no longer be exceptionally high. From now on, it will be closer to average.

Video,
Stuart Reid and Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Stuart Reid, senior editor at Foreign Affairs, sits down with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland.

Snapshot,
Jan Joel Andersson

Western leaders should start booking flights to Stockholm and Helsinki to make the case that Sweden and Finland would not only be most welcome in NATO but that the countries have a responsibility to their own citizens -- as well as to the citizens of neighboring countries -- to join and become part of a long-term solution to counter Russia in Eastern Europe.

Interview, Jan/Feb 2014
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Iceland’s president speaks with Foreign Affairs about Arctic cooperation, the financial crisis, WikiLeaks, Nordic culture, and the advantages of being a small island nation.

Letter From,
Anna-Katarina Gravgaard

Global power brokers once dismissed Greenland as a white blot on the world map. No longer: Investors from Australia to Canada to China are flocking to the island in the next great contest for mineral riches. Large-scale mining, however, will not be without risks.

Comment, Jan/Feb 2013
Roger C. Altman

While the grim effects of the 2008 financial crisis still resonate across the globe, the recession wasn't all bad: it triggered fundamental economic restructuring, and the result is a U.S. economy poised to emerge stronger than it was before. Although it's too soon to say with certainty, even Europe may come out ahead.

Letter From,
Anna-Katarina Gravgaard and Hakon Mosbech

The Danish People’s Party, the long-successful anti-immigrant faction of Copenhagen politics, has served as inspiration to political factions across Europe for years. But as voters turn away, there is a chance that Europe may be changing, too.

Snapshot,
Øyvind Strømmen

Like many of the violent jihadists he so feared, the man responsible for last week’s attacks in Norway seems to have been radicalized via the Internet.

Snapshot,
Shoaib Sultan

The attacks in Norway last week targeted the very idea behind the country's multicultural society and, in particular, the place of Muslims within it. As Norway comes to terms with the tragedy, how will the fallout affect the country's Muslim community?

Reading List,
Kathleen R. McNamara

An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on the European Union.

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