We have this thing called corruption. And racism.

What a week. Murderers, expelled politicians, convicted politicians. Negative people everywhere. Pheew. I’ve been following the trial of the Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik via Twitter. There’s a Finnish journalist in Oslo, sitting in the court room and tweeting. It’s a completely new experience for me, to be following a trial with such intensity. Social…

Finding the eco-balance in Oslo

When visiting Oslo, the city was kind enough to show us beautiful weather and the best parts of winter, sunshine and proper snow. Not all the time, but most of the time. Despite having been to Oslo several times before, I’ve never visited the Vigelandsparken┬ábefore, seen the fancy, Western side of town, spent time in…

Transit – 42 million stories

How does it feel to have to live outside your country, apart from your family and friends? Maybe in constant fear of violence? These questions came to mind when visiting the wonderful Nobel Peace Center in Oslo last weekend. I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again: the Nobel Peace Center is my favorite…

Visiting slums

Someone at the opposite house is selling their flat. I saw the housing agent’s car and signs on the door as I came back from a walk. Houses, the places we live in, flats, small rooms, large villas, log cabins, tents. Some time ago I went through a phase of defining what home means to…

Blindness

As I’m following discussions in Finland about the tragedy of Norway and reasons behind it, I remembered something. An earlier posting, where I quoted the Finnish country brand report. The quote is so superb that I’ll repeat a part of it here. The ideal of a safe and functional society is turning towards a hierarchy-free…

No more tacit acceptance

What a confusing, devastating and disturbing weekend. In theory, I know what happened in Norway. In practice, I have no idea. I’ve read about a bomb explosion and I’ve seen videos of young social democrats being helped after someone opened fire at them. I have no idea what it feels like to run for your…