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Allan Little asks whether the Nordic economic model, which marries dynamic, open economies with high public spending and excellent public services, can be applied in Scotland.

The referendum debate will be dominated by the relationship between Scotland and England, but shouldn't we look further afield to define what Scotland's future, independent or not, will be? Many supporters of independence look north, to Scandinavia, for inspiration.

They talk of the Nordic model, which marries dynamic, open economies with high public spending, greater equality and excellent public services. Allan Little has reported for the BBC from more than eighty countries. In Our Friends in the North he asks whether we could pick the Nordic model off the shelf and use it here.

First shown: 25 Nov 2013
Available for 1 month Why? Duration 60 mins