In Norway, Stine Jensen explores the downsides of the Norwegian goodness regime. Why is Oslo the number one city in Europe for heroin consumption? And why are there long lines at the food banks in one of the most prosperous countries in the world? And what happened to the rock solid Norwegian belief in goodness and solidarity after the murders Anders Breivik committed on 22 July 2011 during a shooting on the island of Utoya?
In Light on the North, Stine Jensen gauges one after the other the Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish and Danish souls.
‘The good Scandinavian life is of course relative. As soon as you start to look at it from different eyes, the image topples.’
In four episodes, the philosopher Stine Jensen, who was born in Denmark but grew up in the Netherlands since her first year, is looking behind Scandinavia’s clichés of emancipation, prosperity, natural beauty and space.
Presented by: Stine Jensen
Director: Hans Pool
Editor: Matthieu Hes
Producers: Rosan Boersma, Karin Vermeulen, Jan de Ruiter, Niek Koppen
© VPRO October 2013
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