Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, & Halla Tomasdottir, runner-up, President of Iceland

Air Dates: September 30-October 2, 2017

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This week's guests on REPORT FROM SANTA FE are TARJA HALONEN, President of Finland 2000-2012, and HALLA TÓMASDÓTTIR. runner-up for President of Iceland in the 2016 election.

These two notable women were recently in New Mexico speaking about “Leadership Values in a Changing World,” at an event sponsored by the Women’s International Study Center (WISC), discussing gender equity in politics, and how the cultural and political values of Nordic countries are implemented.

TARJA HALONEN served as President of Finland for twelve years from 2000-2012 and was the first woman president of Finland. This year, the country of Finland celebrates 100 years of independence.

HALLA TÓMASDÓTTIR, is a “Change Catalyst,” and Icelandic entrepreneur who believes that if you’re going to change things, you have to do it from the inside. She infused the world of finance with “feminine values," which helped her survive the financial meltdown in Iceland and nearly made her president. In 1980, Iceland was the first country to democratically elect a woman head of state. The New Yorker Magazine called her the '“most sincere politician and the most sincere human being” and named her the “Living Emoji of Sincerity!”

These Nordic stateswomen discuss their goals to improve equality and gender balance, with an in-depth look at gender and politics. Taking lessons from Nordic leadership, they evaluate whether women bring different values to leadership, and the relevance of those values in today’s political climate.

Finland, Iceland, and the other Nordic states always rank in the top ten in national rankings of happiness, public services, education, and health care. Tómasdóttir and Halonen talk about the national values and traits that allow nations to make such strides toward a high quality of life.