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Here’s the paradox: To shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources, we need more raw materials for things like solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars.

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Slowing down fashion

Will it soon be cooler to rent, swap or buy secondhand clothes than to fanatically follow...
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Duty to Inspire

Duty to Inspire

Do countries that have a positive global impact have a special responsibility to share...
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The Nordic way to peace

The Nordic way to peace

Does a tiny cluster of islands on the border between Sweden and Finland hold the key to...
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Play for a green world?

Play for a green world?

Can we game our way to a sustainable future? There are now more than 2.6 billion active...
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A green forest of selfies

A green forest of selfies?

Can we store data in plants? Sending an email, streaming a video, uploading photos to the...
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Exercise your democratic muscle

Exercise your democratic muscle

Governments around the world are exploring ways of getting citizens more involved in...
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Game changing protein

Game-changing protein

What do you throw on the grill when you are having friends over for a barbeque but still...
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Putting sound to global challenges

‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcasts addressing the biggest global challenges. 

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world we want to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.


Thinkers and doers from around the world who are concerned about the planet we all share.

ane serreli

Ane Serreli (Norway)

Ane Serreli is a youth delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate...

dovydas kaminskas

Dovydas Kaminskas (Lithuania)

Dovydas Kaminskas is the mayor of Tauragė District municipality in Lithuania, making him...

Kicki Norman

Kicki Norman (Sweden)

Kicki Norman is the founder and editor-in-chief of leading Scandinavian beauty magazines...

Roger Dupé

Roger Dupé (Sweden)

Roger Dupé is an international model and entrepreneur, who recently founded the skincare...

Johan Hellström

Johan Hellström (Sweden)

Johan Hellström is the owner and director of Business Development at Björn Axén, a top...

Hanna Aho

Hanne Aho (Finland)

Hanne Aho is the president of the Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF). As a trade union...



All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the SDG challenges. We want to inspire each other to act – for a better, more sustainable future.

In August 2019 The Nordic Council of Ministers set the ambitious goal for the Nordic Region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Read the council's 'Vision 2030' here.