Nordic countries are world leaders in organising society and it is no wonder Finland has been ranked among the happiest places in the world with an enviable work-life balance. And so it was a major culture shock when journalist Anu Partanen moved from her Nordic home to America.
Basic activities, from buying a mobile to filing taxes, were so much more complicated. As Partanen got to know her new neighbours, she discovered that they too shared her deep apprehensions, and she set out to understand why society in America (and much of the Western world) is organised in such a convoluted way. In so doing, she reveals that the Nordic approach allows people to enjoy more individual freedom and independence from the government while promoting a greater sense of well-being.
Filled with fascinating insights, advice and practical solutions, The Nordic Theory of Everything makes a convincing argument that we can rebuild society, rekindle optimism and become more autonomous people by following in the footsteps of our neighbours to the North.
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'Partanen is a careful, judicious writer and she makes a careful, judicious case.. it s useful to know what the outsider knows: there are other ways of organizing humanity.' New York Times Book Review
'Could be a game-changer in national conversations about the roles that governments should play in their citizens lives. At the heart of Partanen s discussion is a concern with what we mean by personal freedom and opportunity.' Seattle Times
'This highly readable and entertaining work is timely, as the conversation about inequality and the role of social services in this country has never been more relevant.' Library Journal
'A passionate and intelligent argument.' Publishers Weekly
A Best Book of Summer 2016 O, The Oprah Magazine
A Best Nonfiction Book of Summer 2016 Bustle
A Must-Read, Summer 2016 New York Post