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Can the Nordic region show the way for Kosovo?

In an analysis about the Kosovo peace process, Martin Woollacott singles out Scandinavia as "a region which has dealt with its disputes in an exemplary way" (The Guardian, 4 June 1999).

"Norway separated from Sweden without bloodshed, as did Iceland from Denmark. Finland managed its difficult relationship with Russia for 50 years before events allowed it to make freer choices about its future. Finland has also reconciled itself to the separation from the territories in Karelia which were the site of its national myths, areas which played a role not dissimilar to that which Kosovo has for Serbs. No wonder sane voices in former Yugoslavia have in the 1990s called for the Scandinavisation of the Balkans."

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