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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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Infrastructure

Federations are bound together by their infrastructure - the first regular steamship line across the Öresund in 1828 formed the practical backdrop for the emergence of the student "Scandinavism" movement (Hemstad, 2008). Infrastructure and communications have been both means and ends towards cohesion ever since. During the financial crisis of 1878-1879, the need for cross-border rail links lay behind the Swedish government's decision to subsidise the Bergslagen railway line.

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