Scandanavia

  • A Short but Convoluted History for Finland’s Jewish Community

    For any forthcoming edition of Jewish Trivial Pursuit, the Jewish community of Finland might become a source of inspiration. Consider just these two stumpers: Which Diaspora community contributed the most volunteers per capita during the Israeli War of Independence? In which front did Jews fight alongside Nazi soldiers in World War II? Jewish roots in… More ▸

  • In Finland, Immigrants from FSU Revitalize a Dying Jewish Community

    Before Tamara Tuuminen left her native Moscow in 1978 with her husband, an ethnic Finn, she distanced herself from her Jewish roots. In the Soviet Union in the 1970s, “it was dangerous to be involved” in Jewish life, said Tuuminen, 51, a specialist in immunology and clinical microbiology who lives in Helsinki. “You could lose… More ▸

  • At Center of Storm, Finnish Official Personifies E.u. Approach to Israel

    When Europe’s leaders met over the summer to discuss the Lebanon war, the person leading the criticism of Israel for its "disproportionate" response was a thin, bearded, bohemian-looking man who favors baggy corduroy jackets over gray suits — Finland’s foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja. Finland holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union and chairs… More ▸

  • Violence over Danish Cartoon Could Impact European-mideast Relations

    A Danish employee of the European Union in Brussels confides that she is so fearful of Muslim anger over the now infamous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper that she is afraid to go home. Unnerved Danish members of the European Parliament refuse to comment on the violent protests against the cartoons… More ▸

  • Jewish Studies Center in Sweden Opens with a Conference on Exile

    Fulfilling a pledge that Sweden’s prime minister made a year and a half ago, a Jewish college has been inaugurated in Sweden. Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies, opened its doors here over the weekend with an academic conference, filling in another piece of the puzzle of contemporary Jewish life in Europe. The institute,… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Sweden Fights Holocaust Ignorance by Hosting Forum, Sparking Education

    One of the first international political meetings of the new century dealt with ethics and values, rather than issues of war and money. That’s what French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin pointed out as the most significant legacy of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which closed last Friday. Previous Holocaust-related conferences have dealt with… More ▸

  • Swedish Initiative May Serve As Model for Holocaust Education

    In an attempt to ensure that money is not the last word on the Holocaust, an international task force of Holocaust scholars and government officials has launched a new project to promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance. The task force, which includes representatives from the United States, Israel, Sweden, Britain and Germany, met last week… More ▸

  • Norway’s Foreign Minister Visits Mideast in Effort to Revive Talks

    Norwegian Foreign Minister Bjorn Tore Godal is warning of bloodshed if the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were not resumed soon. Godal, whose country was closely involved in forging the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements, often referred to as the Oslo accords, made the comment Monday in Cairo after conferring with Egyptian officials. His visit to the Middle East, which… More ▸