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Interviews and opinions

Interviews and opinions

Taking the northbound train. On Nordic-Baltic railway infrastructure

“Railway infrastructure planners need to stop staring themselves blind on national borders, and start to see the big picture,” says Oddgeir Danielsen, Director of the Nordic Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) in this interview.

Sep 2012

VATT's Juhana Vartiainen: Work incentives must be sharpened

The Nordic economic model is experiencing a renaissance as the region seemingly tops every international benchmark ranging from educational results, quality of life and competitiveness. Juhana Vartiainen, new Director General of the Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT) in Finland, says gone is the cold war-era perception of Nordic economies “being half-way to socialism”.

Jun 2012

Iceland: Rebuilding stability

Iceland is regaining stability in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The main task now is to sustain economic growth. The country has many fundamental strengths - highly educated and young population, good legal framework and connections to the rest of the world, says Ms Oddný G. Harðardóttir, Finance Minister of Iceland, in this interview.

Apr 2012

Henrik Normann: NIB’s role elevated during hard times

Henrik Normann has been appointed President and CEO of NIB. Mr Normann will take up his new position on 1 April 2012. The NIB Newsletter interviewed the incoming president who is currently working as the Managing Director of Danske Markets.

Feb 2012

Johnny Åkerholm: Basel III outdated before the ink has dried

"Like generals who fight the last war, the new Basel model is set to solve the previous problems. I doubt the wisdom of regulating the financial system in such great detail. It will provide wrong incentives to the financial sector," said NIB President Johnny Åkerholm in his remarks delivered at a conference held by Finland's Financial Supervision Authority.

Jan 2012

Pascal Gauthier: Our job is to assess projects' potential from NIB mandate point of view

Mr Gauthier who joined NIB in June 2011 as head of the competitiveness analysis, explains the function he is in charge of at the Bank.

Dec 2011

Johnny Åkerholm: Further cooperation between the Nordic countries needed to make green growth projects attractive for financiers

Introductory remarks delivered by NIB Presidnet at the Nordic Prime Minister's Globalisation Forum in Copenhagen on 31 October 2011.

Nov 2011

Odd Per Brekk on economic prospects for Russia's recovery

In this interview with the NIB Newsletter, Odd Per Brekk of the IMF talks about the determinants of long-term economic growth in Russia.

Oct 2011

Hans Brask: A digital agenda for the Baltic Sea region

To boost its global competitiveness, the Baltic Sea region needs to develop its own digital agenda.

Oct 2011

Jannik Lindbæk: More money, more responsibilities

Jannik Lindbæk, former President of NIB, says NIB is living up to its reputation as a long-term lender with a strong environmental mandate.

Sep 2011



NIB finances new pier at Arlanda Airport in Sweden

A long-term loan agreement with the Swedish airport operator Swedavia AB will finance the construction of a new pier at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

21 Dec 2017

NIB loan to NEFCO to boost energy efficiency in Ukrainian universities

NIB's loan will be used for the renovation of university buildings in Ukraine for better energy efficiency and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

21 Dec 2017

NIB finances construction of undersea tunnels in western Norway

A loan to the Norwegian toll road company Ryfast AS will finance the construction of an undersea tunnel system in Rogaland County, Norway.

21 Dec 2017