András Simonyi and Debra Cagan, Editors


The project Nordic Ways is a book of 45 insightful essays, written by highly esteemed authors each of them leaders in their fields, and shed light on a wide range of topics that show The Nordic Way of doing things.  And, they aim to underpin the fact that the Nordics have a good thing going! They can help show the way in areas that are relevant to the future and have the capacity to inspire political leaders and decision makers in the world to think differently. There is growing interest in the United States in Nordic societies and attention being paid to Nordic solutions: cutting edge innovation in technology and design, in social policies,  livable cities, arts, culture, liberal democratic values, including gender equality and a free press, environmental responsibility, and economic success achieved on a global level in partnership with employees. Today, at the United States is marked by widespread dissatisfaction among the electorate, it is abundantly clear that Nordic Ways can help  guide this new and increasingly important dialogue. Perhaps most important they have the ambition to make a difference.

How is this relevant to an American audience?

The historic ties between the Nordic countries and the United States, that strong transatlantic bond, are important underpinnings to their achievements. But then, as it is often stated: There is no country big enough to face the global challenges alone, and there are no countries too small not to be able to make a difference. In a totally interconnected world inspiration and the broader concept of design can and should come from everywhere and anywhere. This is what makes the Nordic countries exciting, interesting and relevant in the context of the road ahead for the United States.

Click here to see an interview with Andras Simonyi about Nordic Ways on Bookman’s Corner.

Click here to see the Table of Content.

The book can be purchased through the Brookings press.

“Yet there is a group of countries which have done remarkably well in the face of these challenges to our modern, democratic societies. Their search for ideas does not cease. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are an endless source of inspiration. They might just hold the clues to solving the security, social, political, environmental and technological threats and challenges of the 21st Century.”

– Andras Simonyi


Press Coverage:

Huffington Post (10/10/2016)

Values rather than ideology

– “[The book] reflects the myth about the Nordic countries as “socialistic utopias” but tells the truth about liberal democracies and capitalistic systems with a heart.

Star Tribune (3/10/2017)

Rash Report: Three key 2017 elections will reflect, shape Europe’s future

– “Scandinavian nations’ governance can be an antidote to European malaise and Moscow’s malevolence…

City of Helsinki (10/10/2016)

Pekka Sauri presents Helsiniki’s approach to optimal city in the U.S. capital

– “We experience demand for Nordic solutions, and we see this book as an opportunity to offer Nordic solutions to global challenges.


For the biographies of the authors, please click here.

  • Urban Ahlin,
  • Anne Sofie Allarp,
  • Ragna Árnadóttir,
  • Ragnar Árnason,
  • Gertrud Åström,
  • Nicklas Bergman,
  • Carl Bildt,
  • Ulla Börestam,
  • Grete Brochmann,
  • Karsten Dybvad,
  • Vigdís Finnbogadottir,
  • Jonas Gardell,
  • Ingólfur Gíslason,
  • Bertel Geismar Haarder,
  • Rögnvaldur Hannesson,
  • Gunnar Haraldsson,
  • Auður Hauksdóttir,
  • Connie Hedegaard,
  • Karin Helander,
  • Øystein Holter,
  • Emmi Itäranta,
  • Katja Iversen,
  • Christina Jutterström,
  • Naser Khader,
  • Deeyah Khan,
  • Mininnguaq Kleist,
  • Hugo Lagercrantz,
  • Johanna Lammi-Taskula,
  • Jørn Lund,
  • Claus Meyer,
  • Per Stig Møller,
  • Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison,
  • Ilkka Paananen,
  • Mårten Palme,
  • Joanne Payton,
  • Nasima Razmyar,
  • Johan Rockström,
  • Jeff Risom,
  • Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir,
  • Pasi Sahlberg,
  • Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard,
  • Pekka Sauri,
  • Thor Sigfusson,
  • Signmark (Marko Vuoriheimo),
  • Kristin Skogen Lund,
  • Jonas Gahr Støre,
  • Paola Ivana Suhonen,
  • Ulf Sverdrup,
  • Henrik Syse,
  • Petter Stordalen,
  • Steen Thomsen,
  • Lars Trägårdh
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