Largely privileged and with a strong welfare system, the Nordics are maybe not the first to come to mind when one reads the word “poor”. But Finnish Emilia Honkasaari found herself in that exact category when living amongst well-paid Norwegians and doing an unpaid internship in a city that has numerous times been named the world’s most expensive: Oslo.
Greece. A country actually flowing with milk and honey. And culture and beaches and all things nice. So how did this country, so rich in so much, end up being featured in the “poverty” section on this site?
"Access to justice is a human right in itself, and essential for tackling the root causes of poverty," the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlved, stressed on this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
While on exchange in the most northern of the three Baltic States, Matthijs Plijnaar found out that poverty is a common good in this “new” part of the European Union.
Economist Raúl Prebisch was among the first to realize that developing countries are better off producing their own goods than importing from the developed countries. But without “a little help from my friends”, ideas are not easy to spread.