Nordic Newsbits Update 3/17

How Finland solved homelessness

Finland is the only EU state not in the midst of a housing crisis thanks to a long term ‘Housing First’ strategy.

Later Rather Than Sooner is the Right Age For Nordic Kindy 

Researchers found that Nordic kids who started kindergarten just one year later than the average age of their peers in school had significantly better outcomes in testing for hyperactivity and inattention four years later.

How to be as happy as Nordics?

The World Happiness Report was launched on the UN’s International Day of Happiness this week. It asks people from every nation how happy they feel – there’s no solid science to it. Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland came out as the top five (Swedes were also pretty happy).

Denmark is debt free 

Denmark may have just been officially replaced as “the world’s happiest country” by Norway, but there was reason to celebrate as it announced that is has paid off its final foreign currency loan of €1.4 billion. It is now completely rid of foreign debt for the first time since at least 1834.

….and get its first purpose-built architecture school

A trio of Danish architects will design Denmark’s first new-build architecture school, a sprawling campus on the outskirts of Aarhus.

 Aussie Mick Fanning surfing under the Nordic Lights in Lofoten

Mick Fanning spent most of the 2016 season on a kind of soul-searching mission. Part of Fanning’s walkabout included a surfing trip through Norway. Fanning headed to the Lofoten archipelago, where the sun only shone for three hours a day but the surf was always up.

Finland turns 100!

In 2017, Finland is celebrating the Centennial of its independence. What has Finland given to the world during this time other than Tom of Finland, Finlandia Vodka and Nokia?

#NordicMade StartUps get $1.6 M 

The NordicMade delegation of prominent entrepreneurs and central figures within Nordic startup ecosystems rang the bell to open Nasdaq this week in New York. In doing so, they inaugurated a new $1.67 million ‘Rising North Fund’ for a joint promotion of Nordic startups.

NostalgiaTech – Nokia’s Answer To Tech Anxiety

The most hyped phone of 2017-  the Nokia 3310 is back, and it’s better than ever. And it has the snake!

Why Is Bluetooth Called “Bluetooth”? How Did It Get Its Name And Logo?

Did you know that Bluetooth got its name and logo from a Viking King named Harald Gormsson? He was nicknamed Bluetooth due to his dead tooth that looked blue. Special Interest Group (SIG), which was behind the technology decided to adopt his nickname. Harald united Scandinavia, just like SIG “intended to unite the PC and cellular industries with a short-range wireless link.” Hence Bluetooth!

The Nordic countries are generally considered to unambiguously refer to Denmark, Finland, IcelandNorway and Sweden also including their associated territories (Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Åland Islands).

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