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"Comprehensive and occasionally downright hilarious... I was laughing out loud" (Mariella Frostrup Observer)
"An affectionate and informative study of a region." (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)
"[An] entertaining, warts-and-all, English expat look at the Nordic miracle." (Daily Telegraph)
"A thoroughly entertaining read, written brilliantly" (Bernard Porter Literary Review)
"A welcome rejoinder to those who cling to the idea of the Nordic region as a promised land...the substance, more often than not, is spot on." (Financial Times)
As heard on Book of the Week, Radio 4
The whole world wants to learn the secrets of Nordic exceptionalism: why are the Danes the happiest people in the world, despite having the highest taxes? If the Finns really have the best education system, how come they still think all Swedish men are gay? Are the Icelanders really feral? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastical oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes?
Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear.
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 each other. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades.
They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.
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Descripción Jonathan Cape, 2014. Soft cover. Condición: Very Good. VG paperback. Taking each of the five Nordic countries in turn, Michael Booth examines the 'miracle' of their perceived success in the modern world. A fascinating read - did you know that the Danes both have the highest taxes in the world and are claimed to be the happiest people in the world? Or that 54% of Icelanders believe in elves?. Nº de ref. del artículo: 003056
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