The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia


Picador - The christian science monitor's #1 best book of the yeara witty, and popular travelogue about the Scandinavian countries and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assume, informative, “The Almost Nearly Perfect People offers up the ideal mixture of intriguing and revealing facts” Laura Miller, Salon.

Journalist michael booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn’t easy being Scandinavian. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia - Why are the danes so happy, how they differ and why, despite having the highest taxes? do the finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world.

. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. The almost nearly perfect People Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life


Harper Paperbacks - To understand why life is so different in the U. S. As partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do. Partanen wants to open americans’ eyes to how much better things can be—to show her beloved new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American dream—to provide the opportunity to live a healthy, economically secure, safe, upwardly mobile life for everyone.

She found that navigating the basics of everyday life—from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare—was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. She debunks criticism that nordic countries are socialist “nanny states, ” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life - . But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. And finland, Partanen began to look closely at both. In the nordic theory of everything, partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, employees and employers, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, and government and citizens.

A finnish journalist, happier, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.

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Scandinavia: A History


CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Here is the dramatic story of scandinavia – from its earliest Germanic origins and Viking sea raids to its battles for independence and its involvement in World War II. Denmark, norway, struggled through unions and separations, writes award-winning historian Ewan Butler, and Sweden, Finland, with both outsiders and each other, developing their own personalities and languages yet retaining their ancient connections The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life.

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The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country


Icon Books - The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the danes get it right, food and interior design to SAD, where they get it wrong, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, education, taxes, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

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Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too


Melville House - Icon books. The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere.

He explores the inner-workings of the nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, we, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, too, most productive workers, and explains how, can embrace equality in our economic policy. In viking economics—now with a new afterword by the author—George Lakey dispels these myths.

Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too - Something. The us and uk are too big, or too individualistic, or too.

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History of Norway


Wasteland Press - Icon books. Along the way, the sami, the hanseatic merchants, polar explorers, there are fascinating stories of Vikings, the Reformation, the Nazi invasion and the Norwegian resistance in World War II, the Black Death, farmers and fishermen, emigration from Norway to America, independence, kings and queens, merchants and miners, and much more! The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life.

Based on exhaustive research, history of norway is a clear, informative and entertaining description of Norway’s history from the earliest cultures of the Stone Age to today’s oil and gas economy.

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The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe


Pegasus Books - Icon books. Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages, " the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans. It was on the shores of the north sea where experimental science was born, where women first had the right to choose whom they married; there was the beginning of contemporary business transactions and the advent of the printed book.

In the edge of the world, michael pye draws on an astounding breadth of original source material to illuminate this fascinating region during a pivotal era in world history. Pegasus Books. 16 pages of b&w photographs The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. A new york times notable book*an epic adventure ranging from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities: Michael Pye tells the amazing story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea.

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe - Now the critically acclaimed michael pye reveals the cultural transformation sparked by those men and women: the ideas, law, technology, science, and moral codes that helped create our modern world. This is the magnificent lost history of a thousand years.

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Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan


Picador - Less happily, they witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatized by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto. Their creativity, and courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm and octopus ice cream are only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi- and ramen-saturated West, dedication, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

Food and travel writer michael Booth takes the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few Westerners have been privy to before. Icon books. From the author of the almost nearly perfect people comes super sushi Ramen Express, a fascinating and funny culinary journey through JapanJapan is arguably the preeminent food nation on earth; it’s a mecca for the world’s greatest chefs and has more Michelin stars than any other country.

Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan - The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. Accompanied by two fussy eaters under the age of six, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, from bear-infested, he and his wife travel the length of the country, seaweed-loving Okinawa. The japanese go to extraordinary lengths and expense to eat food that is marked both by its exquisite preparation and exotic content.

Pegasus Books. Along the way, share a seaside lunch with free-diving female abalone hunters, they dine with―and score surprising victory over―two sumo wrestlers, pamper the world’s most expensive cows with massages and beer, and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today.

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North: How to Live Scandinavian


Aurum Press - Icon books. Why are scandinavians constantly topping the happiness table? how do you get more Scandi-style in your life? Just how do you use lagom? Whether you want your apartment to look like it belongs in Copenhagen, to workout like a Norwegian or to make cinnamon buns like a Swede, this is the ultimate insider’s guide to the countries of the north.

Pegasus Books. With a signature wit and a keen eye for detail, she takes you on a journey through fjords and mountains, farmlands and cities to better understand these three nations and what makes each one so unique. So get outdoors, learn the life lesson that there's no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing and you may discover your inner Scandi sooner than you think.

North: How to Live Scandinavian - Like her viking ancestors before her, brontë aurell left Denmark to explore the world beyond home shores and in her travels has come to understand the fascination with her kinfolk, as well as seeing the idiosyncrasies of the Scandinavian lifestyle that locals take for granted. Full of inspiration and ideas, how-tos and recipes to help you experience the very best of Scandinavian design, cookery and culture, philosophy, this honest behind-the-scenes look at the culture provides an invaluable insight into the wonderful and visually stunning world of  Scandinavia.

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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living


William Morrow - Loosely translated, togetherness, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, and well-being. A feeling that we are safe. Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. Icon books. William Morrow. Cake is most definitely Hygge. Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way. New york times bestsellerembrace Hygge pronounced hoo-ga and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living - Why are danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, says Meik Wiking, is Hygge. Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, " Wiking explains. It is about being with the people we love. Turn off the phones. Turn down the lights. A feeling of home.

It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table.

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Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North


Abrams Press - The nordic theory of Everything In Search of a Better Life. Employing a digressive technique that deftly “combines the factual and the intimate” Publishers Weekly, recalling the writings of W. G. But how valid is this outsider’s view of scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today? Enter Robert Ferguson’s Scandinavians, an ambitious work of history and cultural comment that follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: from the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory all the way through Scandinavia’s postwar social democratic nirvana and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Beivik.

Scandinavians is also a personal investigation, with award-winning author Robert Ferguson as the ideal companion as he explores wide-ranging topics such as the power and mystique of Scandinavian women, from the Valkyries to the Vikings; from Nora and Hedda to Garbo and Bergman. Sebald, politics, scandinavians provides unequaled access to the society, culture and temperament of modern Scandinavia.

Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North - . Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: from IKEA to hygge, Hamlet to the latest bestselling crime novel, the region’s cultural influence is vast. Icon books. Pegasus Books. Aurum Press. William Morrow.

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