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Scandinavian Pandemic Response

Research
Society and economy

Panel with Professor Bengt Johansson, JMG, and others: Perspectives on Crisis Communication During the Pandemic in the Nordic Countries.

Webinar
Date
5 Mar 2021
Time
16:00 - 18:00
Location
Teams
Registration deadline
5 March 2021

Participants
Professor Bengt Johansson, JMG, Sweden
Professor Mark Blach-Ørsten, Roskilde University, Denmark
Professor Øyvind Ihlen, University of Oslo, Norway
Assistant Professor Jenny Lindholm, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Organizer
European Communication Research and Education Association, ECREA
Registration is closed.

The Nordic countries are in many ways similar in terms of political and media system. Nevertheless, they have chosen different strategies in managing the corona virus pandemic. Denmark, Norway and Finland followed many other countries in “shutting down” the society, combined with widespread testing and tracing infection contacts. Sweden chose a somewhat different strategy in rejecting lockdown and focus in “flattening the curve” and in comparison to other countries had the restrictive measures a light touch and relied on citizens voluntary adapting regulations about social distancing and other measures. Crisis communication was also organized differently, not at least in that politicians played a more prominent role in communicating the crisis in Denmark, Finland and Norway. A year after the pandemic started we see very different outcomes, not at least in that Sweden has a much higher death toll compared to the other Nordic countries. The panel will discuss similarities and differences in crisis communication, crisis management, media frames, and citizen response in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

All are welcome to attend; however, advance registration is required by the latest 11:00 AM, 5th of March – click here to register for the event. The link to the live video session will be sent to registered participants the day before the event.

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