Individually, the countries find it difficult to make their voices heard in major international bodies like the EU, G20 and UN, and so have a limited impact on world affairs. A federal Nordic state with a population of 25 million would make the Region the world’s 10th-largest economy. The Region would have a seat at the G20 table and a say in the big decisions forced upon the world by globalisation and the financial crisis.
Like it or not size matters and, being an avid reader of the international press, he has a point. A swift review of the week's Economist, Herald Tribune and Guardian reveals almost zero articles about this cutting edge region. And instead we are treated with the familiar column inches on the US and China, the (once) great powers of Europe - Germany, UK and France, Berlusconi's foibles, Spain's agony, all mixed up with the numerous trouble areas of the world. If the press aren't talking about this region, you can pretty much expect few others to do so either.
I am with Wetterberg on this one, but if he is being endorsed by the Nordic Council does this mean he also enjoys the implicit support of the 5 governments of the region? I suspect the jury is out on that one.
The debate comes to Copenhagen Friday.