Month: October 2021

  • The Nordic Paradox – part 2

    No doubt about it: There is more domestic violence (“Intimate Partner Violence” or IPV) in the Nordic countries and the UK than in, for instance, Spain, Italy and Ireland. In spite of greater gender parity! Allow me to draw your attention to an Icelandic TV series, “The Flatey Enigma”. This is to all appearances a…

  • The Nordic Paradox – part 1

    Have you heard of the Nordic Paradox? I quote a paper on the subject: Intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW) is a global public health issue often assumed to be associated with gender inequality. The so-called Nordic Paradox, the apparently contradictory co-existence of high levels of IPVAW and of gender equality in Nordic countries, has…

  • Democracy

    Have I made fun of the term? I bow my head in shame. Yes, it is true that being allowed to vote once every four years for some caudillo to lead your country is not really worth fireworks. However, Democracy is not only about ballot boxes! Sometimes, you only understand that, when Democracy has been…

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