State of the Brand #3: Nordic Equilibrium
Brandingmag sat down with branding experts from the exemplary Nordic countries of Europe to uncover the Nordic brand thinking – perceptions, struggles, opportunities, and solutions. Together with 7 guests from the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark – we discuss how Nordic brands are built and try to catch a glimpse of their recipe for success.
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