August 2000

"Scandinavisation" of world values

Recent research shows that as the world becomes more wealthy and more democratic, people turn towards Scandinavian values. According to Finnish historian Päivi Setälä, typical to Scandinavians is strong individualism combined with a sense of responsibility and mutual trust.

Speaking at a journalists' convention in Savonlinna, Setälä added that tolerance is a central value and individualism stems from collective security.

According to a report in the journalists' union paper, Journalisti (18 August 2000), Setälä said that culture is the basis of European identity and also the motor for the future.

"It is European to enjoy opening a book and listening to music", Setälä said, quoting French historian Fernand Braudel.

Common to European society has been the fact that no segment of public life has had a hegemony over the others. The state, the economy, science, religion, ethics and art have been self-regulating and autonomous.

"Now the economy aims to gain a leading role. Stopping this is important", Setälä said.

See also:

"Would inefficiency create more happiness?"

23 June 2000

Nordic model seen as a trump card

24 May 2000

Doubts about Blair's 'third way'

10 May 2000

Lutheran bishops in defence of the Nordic welfare State

24 February 2000

Poverty assumes modern disguises

1 February 2000

Bishops attack Anglo-American economic doctrines

March 1999

Nordic model defended by Finnish Prime Minister

January 1999

Importing and exporting social problems by Marja Keränen

July 1997

Lutheran worries about welfare state

March 1997

From Lutheranism to the crisis of modern welfare state by Torkel Jansson

March 1997


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