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How the Scandinavians got it right — and how we can, too
by George Lakey
Melville House Publishers, NY and London, 2016
George Lakey is a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and a climate justice activist… and Bill McKibben called his book “Completely fascinating”
Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are pace-setters in responding to the climate crisis. Copenhagen aims to be carbon neutral by 2025; the Church of Sweden fully divested from fossil fuels two years ago. Norway bests the world in electric cars and bicycle highways.
The four countries are at the top of the international charts in equality, individual freedom, accountable police and low crime. Their economies are marked by a powerful co-op sector. They provide free higher education, health care, and good pensions for all. Only Norway struck it rich in oil. What’s their secret?
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In this book a retired Swarthmore College professor who has lived and worked in Norway tells an uplifting story. What economists call “the Nordic model” puts Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the top tier of international ratings. That includes education, abundance of jobs, health care, and security for all people. Only Norway found substantial oil. All four Nordics were nimble in bouncing back from the 2008 crisis that still bedevils Europe and the U.S.
The book tells a human story: what is it like to be a professional in Norway, or a parent or student or worker or entrepreneur or farmer or retired person or immigrant? …
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