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How Many Nordic States?

January 11, 2023

Three decades ago, the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania regained their sovereign independence and started on a path of radical democratic and economic development that would lead them to European Union and NATO membership in 2004. Baltic-Nordic cooperation throughout this period was intense and with the expectation, largely realized, that the Baltic states would gradually converge with their northern neighbors and adopt “Nordic models” of democracy, economy, and welfare. However, despite this radical transformation of Northern Europe, xenostereotypes of the “good” Nordics and the “shifty” Baltics persist. This talk discusses how and why these different identities endure and asks if, regardless of the continuing pigeon-holing of states, a New Norden is emerging in Europe’s north.

National Nordic Museum

2655 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA, 98107
(206) 789-5707

The Nordic Museum is an internationally recognized museum and cultural center where people of all backgrounds are welcomed to be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.

Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Museum is the largest museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.