Obama: Nordic Countries Are Models of Security and Prosperity


Obama says the world would be better if we let leaders of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland run things.   They could help “maintain international order.”

Welcoming Nordic country leaders to the White House Friday, Obama praised their wealth redistribution, income equality, pluralism, and willingness to welcome refugees as reason why their citizens are “some of the happiest people in the world.”


He said, “So I really do believe that the world would be more secure and more prosperous if we just had more partners like our Nordic countries.  There have been times where I’ve said, why don’t we just put all these small countries in charge for a while? And they could clean things up.”

Obama said, “They have been extraordinarily important for us in shaping and maintaining an international order that is rule-based, that is fair, that is just.”

(L to R) Mrs. Solrun Lokke Rasmussen and Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Mr. Sindre Finnes and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mrs. Ingibjorg Elsa Ingjaldsdottir and Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland; U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama; Mrs. Jenni Haukioin and President of Finland Sauli Niinisto; and Mrs. Ulla Lofven and Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister of Sweden pose for a portrait at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington, U.S., May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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