Encyclopedia of World Geography

The Nordic Countries - By Barbara Baines and Co.

The book, The Encyclopedia Of World Geography explains in detail every substantially recognized country, worldwide. For instance, the book explains some of the by far most interesting countries. The Nordic Countries, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the outlier of Iceland. Most important, the book explains the economies of those nations, their demographics, their history, their physical geography, and much, much, more. The book contains information on territories owned by these nations, their political views, their government, their state religions, and of course WHY all of this came to be. Overall, The Encyclopedia Of World Geography gives in depth looks into the Nordic Nations and other nations around the world.

The Nordic Countries, or Scandinavia?

Where is Scandinavia?

On Politics and Government: A Paragraph Using Information Obtained From T.E.O.W.G. to Better the Political System of the United States of America.

The government of the United States of America and it's systems are some of the worst in the developed world. While countries in northern and western Europe use highly developed systems with many different parties and popular votes, the United States of America is still stuck in the 18th century, with a voting system designed to be carried out by the pony express. For a better system, all the United States of America would have to do, is look to it's neighbors across the Atlantic Ocean in northern Europe. The Nordic Countries, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, all have superlative forms of Democracies, Republics and Constitutional Monarchies. One country in this region with a highly modernized election system is Sweden. But first, let's explain the problems with the United States of America's election system. First, the Electoral College. Now, if you live in the United States, and are over the age of 18, you can vote. But are you really voting for the president? No. You're voting for people inside of a body called the electoral college. This group of "electors" are each assigned a state. There are 538 electoral votes, or electors and each is distributed to the states by population, so, California, being the most populous state, would have many more votes compared to say, Vermont, with it's measly population compared to California. But this system is overrated and leads to many problems. For one, Electors aren't forced to vote as the people in their states did, and this can lead to skewed elections, if an elector is biased toward a candidate that didn't win in his or her state.

Second, the electoral votes, although distributed by population, aren't completely correct on that front. You see, to start, each state gets 3 votes, taking 150 votes away from the pool, and only then are the rest distributed by population. This does lead to real problems though, where one Wyomingite's vote counts for four Californians votes, because Wyoming has such a small population compared to California. The Electoral College also leads to other problems, such as, it is completely and feasibly possible, to win an United States presidential election, with only 21.91% of the popular vote. CGPGrey on Youtube has an excellent video explaining this on his channel titles "The Trouble With The Electoral College". So with that said, let's look at how Sweden has a much better system of electing their leaders. Finland uses a much better system of government known as a "Constitutional Monarchy". This means that instead of electing a single president like the United States does, Sweden elects many different people from all different parties to a board of leaders called parliament. This is done by a popular vote, and not by an 18th century system devised in a pre-technology world. Then in-turn, the parliament elects a prime minister, who ministers over the affairs of the country. In this system there is also a king/queen though, but, the king or queen in a constitutional monarchy is simply a figurehead, usually because constitutional monarchies develop from monarchies But, all the U.S. of A. would have to do is convert to a "parliamentary democracy" which is simply a form of a constitutional monarchy without a king or queen, but simply with a prime minister and a parliament controlling all affairs. This system is simple, but effective, and used in variation around the world by countries like Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In conclusion, the United States of America's election system is hugely flawed, and should be dealt with before the 2024 election cycle begins, although don't hold your breath, because congress isn't going to get around to it anytime soon, but, for inspiration on what the new system should be, all the U.S. of A. would have to do, is turn to their northern neighbor, Sweden.

Pronunciation Guide:

Electoral: Ee-leck-tore-ole

Scandinavia: Skan-din-ave-ee-ah

Nordic: Nore-dik

Populous: Pop-yu-luss

Parliamentary: Par-lih-men-taree