The Scandinavian Outlier
Outlook Traveller|November 2020
Scandinavian countries search for simplicity
NITIN CHAUDHARY

MANY A TIMES I AM asked by my friends to describe the Scandinavian countries. Recognising that the mind searches for simplicity, I try to express my opinion in a few words. For instance, I find Denmark surprisingly entrepreneurial of the lot despite it being the smallest in size. Fairness and simplicity come to mind when I think of Sweden. But I always struggle while describing Norway in a few words. Allow me to explain why.

Norway is by far the most beautiful country that I have ever visited. Its fjords and mountains carve out an unparalleled dreamscape. With the fourth-highest per capita income in the world, it is also one of the richest countries in the world. And where does the money come from?

Oil.

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