The American Dream is alive and well—in Northern Europe. Q&A with author Anu Partanen
To be the happiest country, having the top economic growth isn’t necessarily the answer. Are you listening, U.S.?
The Washington Post
The U.S. can chart a different political and sociocultural path to the universal programs Scandinavians enjoy. And for starters, we already have Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and universal public schools.
New York magazine's The Cut
It started when Bernie Sanders tweeted that it costs an average of $12,000 to have a baby in the United States, compared to just $60 in Finland — at which point former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley decided to weigh in.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to make sense of American life. Anu Partanen was surprised to find that the lives of her American colleagues were wrenched by anxiety and dependency.
The New York Times
Pamela Druckerman explores the dawning sense among American voters that our lack of government support for child care, and the anxiety this causes, isn’t normal
For a different model, look to The Nordic Theory of Everything, an excellent book that outlines how universal social insurance benefits the middle class.
A British politician summed it up perfectly when he said, "If you want the American dream, go to Finland." Q&A with author Anu Partanen.
The New York Times Book Review
Partanen is a careful, judicious writer and she makes a careful, judicious case. It's useful to know what the outsider knows: There are other ways of organizing humanity.
Partanen's sensible book should be required reading for those who wonder why so many Americans feel resentful and alienated.
The U.S. should learn a few lessons from Nordic nations, especially if they want to have a happier, healthier workforce. Q&A with author Anu Partanen.
The Seattle Times
Anu Partanen's book is a game-changer in national conversations about the roles that governments should play in their citizens' lives. At the heart of Partanen's discussion is a concern with what we mean by personal freedom and opportunity.
Anu Partanen's new book challenges "socialist nanny state" stereotypes of her native Finland, and its neighbors.
American Enterprise Institute
Could it be that the American dream is actually not being lived in America anymore? Could it be alive and well, not in our free market, diverse, high stress, high opportunity culture but … in Scandinavia? A Q&A with author Anu Partanen.
Using studies and anecdotal evidence, Anu Partanen debunks misconceptions and shows why Nordic people rank among the healthiest and happiest in the world. Her case is compelling.
The Washington Independent Review of Books
The institutions of marriage, healthcare, tax structure, and employer benefits in America differ from other Western cultures. America is indeed world-class, but it may not be quite so modern after all. Author Q&A.
The Buffalo News
Anu Partanen admires America’s can-do, dynamic, free-wheeling spirit and its energy, creativity and diversity. But she’s afraid that income inequality, a shrinking middle class and fears for the future are causing America to lose its soul.
Bernie Sanders Voices
Finland was named the Happiest Country in the World. Anu Partanen explains why, in this video post to the 7 million followers of Bernie Sanders. Surprise: Finland embodies the most American of values: freedom and independence.
The Young Turks
The story of the Finnish school system is amazing, and Anu Partanen explains the surprising reasons why.
In this episode of the podcast Know What You See with Brian Lowery of Stanford Business School, Anu Partanen explains the Nordic approach to "Firing the office, freeing the workers."
Radio / Podcast
Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
Finland has just been named the world's happiest country for the fourth year running. To celebrate, we're going on a virtual Nordic trip to explore the secrets behind their success.
April 13, 2021
Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer
"Contrary to popular belief, Nordic countries aren’t actually socialist! No, friends, the Nords are capitalists—but they pull it off much better than we do."
February 11, 2020
Public Radio International's The World
"This journalist never worried about health care — until she moved to the US." Public Radio International host Marco Werman interviews Anu Partanen about her experiences with universal health care in Finland compared with health care in the United States, after the publication of her New York Times article "The Fake Freedom of American Health Care."
March 22, 2017
Groks Science Radio Show & Podcast
Interview with Anu Partanen about her book The Nordic Theory of Everything
July 27, 2016