There is no question that Norway advances Norwegian interests first
in the Arctic. They have been successful in marketing Tromsø as a
locus for Arctic cooperation and they are definitely a big Arctic player.
Russia and Canada are the geographically bigger northern states, and
Norway navigates the waters between these two well. But then if you
look at Norway’s northern population, economy/wealth and the size of
the sea areas that Norway manages, Norway is big too. (76)
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Another North American observer noted that Norway has worked
medicine, ‘pagan’ mysticism and general irrationalism.
This brings us to a central conflict
within the green outlook, which is its attitude to reason and rationality.
Although greens claim to uphold a uniquely science-based ideology, they
harbour a deep and abiding suspicion of the scientific tradition and its
rational and mechanistic understanding of the universe as a universe that
can be analysed and understood rather than