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Words of the Years

Heatwave and Finlandisation

What word defined 2016? What’s going to be the word we’re all saying in 2017? As we end a troubling year, our Finnish contributor suggests redefining a term that his country helped coin
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A cool capital for overheated times (Photo: Mikko Paananen)

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Words of the Years
What word defined 2016? What’s going to be the word we’re all saying in 2017? Follow along with our Words of the Years series, from Dec 23-Jan 1.

December 23: Mikhail Pogodaev, executive director of the Northern Forum (Russia)
December 24: Nils Wang, rear admiral in the Royal Danish Navy
Yesterday’s contributor: Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of Norsk Polarinstitutt/the Norwegian Polar Institute

Today: Tero Vauraste, president and chief operating officer of Arctia (Finland)
Tomorrow: Björn Dahlbäck, director-general of Polarforsknings Sekretariatet/the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

As 2016 draws to a close, The Arctic Journal will be giving the floor to public figures from Arctic countries and ethnic groups. We gave them a challenge: tell our readers what word or idea they think described the year in the Arctic in 2016, and which word they predict will describe it in 2017.

We’ll be publishing their responses through to January 1.

Today’s contributor is Tero Vauraste, of Finland. He is the president and chief operating officer of Arctia and the vice-chair of the Arctic Economic Council.

Read yesterday’s contribution from Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of Norsk Polarinstitutt/the Norwegian Polar Institute

2016
Heatwave:
Firstly because of the record-high and alarming temperatures throughout the year and secondly because of the various heated international debates on preserving the nature as well as geopolitical developments.

2017
Finlandisation:
Redefined as a process by which a small country offers powerful solutions. Finland celebrates 100 years as an independent nation and takes over as chair of the Arctic Council providing solutions for the Arctic and possibly also geopolitical developments elsewhere.