The Almost Nearly Perfect People - The Truth About The Nordic Miracle

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05Sweden, The Perfect Society2014021420190208 (BBC7)
20190209 (BBC7)

Sweden – a country held up as a beacon of perfection by the Western world and yet disliked by its neighbours.

Journalist Michael Booth embarks on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Scandinavia and its curious tribes explored in Michael Booth's book.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

01Denmark, The Happiest Country In The World2014021020190204 (BBC7)
20190205 (BBC7)

The Danes are consistently rated as the happiest people on earth but pay the highest taxes

In the year that sees a major new exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum our fascination with all things Scandinavian shows no sign of abating.

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Across the week, five post-cards from each of the countries which challenge the often rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. Along the way, a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of the region - it isn't always easy being Nordic.

First up the Danes - consistently rated as the happiest people on earth and yet they pay the highest taxes.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

In the year that sees a major new exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum our fascination with all things Scandinavian shows no sign of abating.

Journalist Michael Booth's book sees the author embark on a revealing and humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Across the week, five post-cards from each of the countries which challenge the often rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. Along the way, a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of the region - it isn't always easy being Nordic.

First up the Danes - consistently rated as the happiest people on earth and yet they pay the highest taxes.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

02Modern-day Icelanders And Their Viking Past2014021120190205 (BBC7)
20190206 (BBC7)

Michael Booth explores Iceland and its response to the 2008 financial crash.

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Today, Iceland and the part the Viking spirit played in the country's response to the 2008 financial crash.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Iceland and the part the Viking spirit played in the country's response to the 2008 financial crash.

In a time where we have a fascination with all things Scandinavian, journalist, Michael Booth's book sees the author embark on a revealing and humorous journey
through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Scandinavia and its curious tribes explored in Michael Booth's book.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

03Norway And Its Oil Riches2014021220190206 (BBC7)
20190207 (BBC7)

Michael Booth examines the impact of the nation's colossal oil wealth on the Nordic psyche

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Today, Norway - a country taking stock post-Breivik and the impact of the nation's colossal oil wealth on the Nordic psyche.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Norway - a country taking stock post-Breivik and the impact of the nation's colossal oil wealth on the Nordic psyche.

In a time where we have a fascination with all things Scandinavian, journalist, Michael Booth's book sees the author embark on a revealing and humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Scandinavia and its curious tribes explored in Michael Booth's book.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

04Enigmatic Finland2014021320190207 (BBC7)
20190208 (BBC7)

A visit to what lies at the heart of Finland's social and political life - the sauna.

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Today, Finland and a visit to what lies at the heart of the country's social and political life - the sauna.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Finland and a visit to what lies at the heart of the country's social and political life – the sauna.

Journalist, Michael Booth embarks on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Scandinavia and its curious tribes explored in Michael Booth's book.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

05 LASTSweden, The Perfect Society20140214

How the country held up as a beacon of perfection is actually disliked by its neighbours.

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Today, Sweden - a country held up as a beacon of perfection by the Western world and yet disliked by its neighbours.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.