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Finland’s school reforms won’t scrap subjects altogether

OPINION: Despite the reforms, Finnish schools will continue to teach mathematics, history, arts, music and other subjects in the future.

No baby boom from cash-for-care benefits

The number of births per woman has declined since cash for childcare benefits were introduced in Norway.

Neutrality of government communications challenged by political PR-spin

Media have too big an influence on politics, according to Norwegian ministry communication advisers who feel that their neutrality is challenged.

Ancient ring brings Vikings and Islamic civilizations closer together

Ring with Arabic inscriptions found in Swedish Viking grave.

We are much too ready to blame

Do we really deserve to be blamed for actions that we have no direct control over? No, says philosopher Andreas Brekke Carlsson.

Worsted wool was once Norway’s ersatz silk

There was a time when the King forbade Norwegian commoners from wearing silk clothing. The result caused British worsted wool to become all the fashion in Norway.

Swedes in Oslo are tired of negative stereotypes

Young Swedes in Oslo laugh at Swedish jokes in the beginning. But it's not so funny after a few years.

Out on a limb after forced marriage

They have fled from forced marriages and “honour” related violence. After receiving shelter and help for half a year, many find themselves left to cope single-handedly.

Sweden’s view of what makes ideal parents

The ideal parents see children as bringing meaning to their lives.

Teachers gain health by gaining knowledge

The health of educators is affected by how much they learn at the schools where they teach.

Doctor of hollandaise

Not too much heat, whisk well, and make sure you use enough water. Then you’re on your way to a good butter sauce.

New book shows you how to work creatively

Come 'Behind the Scenes of Artistic Creativity' when scientists interview 22 artists on what makes them creative.