The first authoritative account concerning the lack of conflict in the Nordic region, this text evaluates why the area is more peaceful than the rest of Europe and whether there is a lesson to be learned from the area. Looking at cases where parts of the Nordic area have started to break away from the others and how this was achieved without violence, it also explores the settlement of demarcation disputes. By using this region as an example for the rest of Europe, this book tests the hypothesis of the Nordic Peace using a number of approaches including historical, political science, peace research, sociology and law. This highly insightful piece of research is relevant for courses in international relations and European studies.

chapter 1|23 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

The Case of Norway and Sweden

chapter 6|17 pages

The Åland Islands Issue

chapter 7|7 pages

The Hesselø Episode

chapter 10|14 pages

The Language Issue in Finland