Norwegian and Nordic Impact in Seattle — And Elsewhere: Op-Ed by Amb. Aas

In an op-ed in the Washington Diplomat, Ambassador Aas talks about the Nordics' (and Norwegian) impact on the U.S., on the occasion of the grand opening of the Nordic Museum.

"This month, the former Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle dropped the middle third of its name and opened the doors to its spectacular new home. This landmark institution aims to serve as a cultural center with a focus not only on the past, but also on contemporary aspects of life — and the arts — in the five Nordic countries: Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

"Shared Nordic values such as equal opportunities, open societies, a climate-friendly economies and a strong belief in the merits of international cooperation seem to be attracting increasing interest throughout the world. Perhaps that’s partly due to the fact that Norway and the other Nordics seem to perform quite well in the informal rankings like the annual World Happiness Report."

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