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The United Nordic Federation

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The Nordic Region 2030: The five Nordic countries have formed a federal political entity – the United Nordic Federation. The new federation, with its joint constitution, joint government and population of 25 million, is a brand-new and major player on the European stage – well it would be if the countries have the courage to make it happen. The controversial historian Gunnar Wetterberg provides objective and detailed arguments for a new Nordic federation. A real federation, with responsibility for foreign and defence policy, the economic framework and all of the key legislative areas, from immigration to social policy. Last year, Wetterberg breathed new life into the debate about the rebirth of the Kalmar Union. The emotional, hard-hitting debate resonated all the way to Germany, Spain and Italy. He now presents his vision of the United Nordic Federation in theNordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers’ Yearbook 2010. His highly controversial proposal is expected to reignite the debate in all five of the Nordic countries.

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Business

One of the important changes in recent decades has been the increasing integration of the Nordic economies. After World War II, the countries began to trade with each other to a much greater extent than before. The first electricity cable across the Sound between Sweden and Denmark was laid in 1915. Subsequently, the network of cables and overhead power lines led to the emergence of a Nordic market for electricity, which was co-ordinated by Nordel (founded 1963).

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