Jakarta. The embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden jointly celebrated their respective national days for the second consecutive year in Jakarta on Saturday (28/05).
The embassies promoted the Nordic social model of equal rights to a quality education, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
"Gender equality is at the core of European values and is promoted across the European Union through concrete actions and effective steps. In the Nordic countries however, we are at the forefront in the implementation and we are proud of what this brings to our societies," Swedish Ambassador Johanna Brismar Skoog said in a statement.
Skoog also emphasized that the balance between personal and professional life as one of the pillars of gender equality policies in Nordic countries.
"Through this midsummer celebration, we want to share some of our experiences to see if and how they can inspire – how the Nordic model can make it easier to reconcile equality, parenthood and work," the ambassador said.
Norwegian Ambassador Stig Traavik said the oil and gas industry and popular brands such as IKEA, Lego and Nokia have helped to make their nations rich and strong.
"The key to success is affordable, safe and high-quality daycare for children," Traavik said.
Safe, high-quality daycare for children creates room for women to play an active and essential part in the labor market, he added.
"Working women make the Nordic economies the strongest in the world – they are the reason Nordic countries outperform other rich countries. Two working parents make the family and the nation twice as rich. And that gives all little girls and boys the hope that they can be who they want to be," Traavik pointed out.
Despite the fact that Nordic countries have small populations, their concern for educations remains key to building a better community to boost their success.
"People are the nations' most important resource. Everyone has an equal right to a quality education regardless of their social background, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs. In the modern world, a well-educated, skillful population forms the key to a country's success. 'Leave no child behind' is a slogan for Nordic schools," Finnish Ambassador Päivi Hiltunen-Toivio said.
The Nordic countries have a unique friendship. They do not only share many values, but basically consider each other brothers and sisters. "There is one big Nordic family, in other words. So it is not a coincidence that the theme of our Nordic event this year is families," Danish Ambassador Casper Klynge said.
The midsummer has been celebrated in the Nordic countries for more than 2,000 years and it is still one of their annual highlights. Many people living in the northern latitudes celebrate the midnight sun, which is also the brightest time of the year, with friends and families.