Baltic Rim Economies 3/2021

A special issue on COVID-19

Published on the 16th of June 2021

Lessons learnt from the Polish struggle against COVID-19

“The short description of the course of the pandemic and the mistakes made by the Polish authorities indicates several lessons for the future health crises. First of all, in order to ascertain the real picture of the situation, mass testing is an absolute must. Moreover, the governments cannot shy away from taking responsibility for its actions.”

Bartosz Arłukowicz,
Member of the European Parliament,
Chair of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer

Former Minister of Health (2011-2015),

EU’s international COVID-19 vaccination cooperation

“Sharing vaccines with partners is not only about international solidarity but also in the EU’s own interest to help break the circle of new mutations. For this speeding up safe and effective vaccination everywhere is key.”

Martin Seychell,
Deputy Director General for Human Development, Migration, Governance, Peace and Resources,
DG International Partnerships,
European Commission

Paradoxes of COVID-19 in Russia

“Initially, the Kremlin denied the coronavirus for some time and then played down its possible impact. When the Russian government turned its attention to the coronavirus, it uncharacteristically delegated its management to the regional governors.”

Anders Åslund,
Senior Fellow,
The Atlantic Council
Washington D.C., USA

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Finnish forest industry

“The strengthening of certain global megatrends has been noteworthy. Moreover, the demand of forest-based products has diminished. Megatrends have the same effect everywhere, but different countries have different capacities to adapt to change.”

Juha Palokangas,
Manager, Russian Affairs, M.Sc. (For.),
Finnish Forest Industries Federation

Baltic Rim Economies 3/2021 includes the following Expert articles

Bartosz Arłukowicz: Lessons learnt from the Polish struggle against COVID-19

Martin Seychell: EU’s international COVID-19 vaccination cooperation

Rauno Merisaari & Anette Sorsimo: Disinformation as human rights challenge

Alicja Mikołajewicz-Woźniak: Two faces of e-health in pandemic times

Muhammad Farhan Bashir: COVID-19 vaccine and Western pharmaceutical firms: A complex global picture

Dariusz Tworzydło: COVID-19 and its impact on the work of experts and public relations specialists in Poland

Peter Lund-Thomsen: Rethinking CSR in global value chains

Anders Åslund: Paradoxes of COVID-19 in Russia

Marina Lifshits: Mortality during the COVID-19 epidemic in Russia

Stepan Zemtsov & Vyacheslav Baburin: COVID-19 in Russia

Wesley R. Moy: Russian misinformation and COVID-19

Agnieszka Legucka: Russian disinformation during the pandemic

Heli Simola: COVID-19 and the Russian economy

Marina Danilina: Influence of COVID-19 on the labour market in Russia

Johanna Mack: Mediatizing the pandemic: COVID-19 and its effects on journalism in Europe and beyond

Anja Bauer: COVID-19 in Germany: A hiring crisis

Andrzej Jarynowski: Phenomenon of participatory “guerilla” epidemiology in post-communist European countries

Konrad Stańczyk: State interventionism in Poland during the COVID-19 crisis

Tímea Drinóczi & Agnieszka Bień-Kacała: Illiberal constitutionalism and COVID-19 in Poland

Robert Krzysztofik: The COVID-19 epidemic in Poland against the background of multidimensional challenges of the country and society

Rafał Nagaj: COVID-19 and energy poverty in Poland

Rafał Boguszewski: COVID-19 and religiosity in Poland

Konrad Sobański: Fiscal stimulus in Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic: Scope and implications for long-term sustainability

Ryszard Kamiński & Oksana Polinkevych: Anti-crisis strategies of insurance companies

Paweł Niedziółka: Polish banking sector during the COVID-19 crisis – performance and challenges

Robert Zajkowski: Challenges for Polish family firms tackling the COVID-19 crisis

Grzegorz Zimon: SMEs and COVID-19 in Poland

Rachel Irwin: Perils of cross-country COVID-19 comparisons

Jens Stilhoff Sörensen: Sweden’s failed pandemic crisis management

Steffen Juranek & Floris Zoutman: COVID-19: Sweden and its Scandinavian peers

Marin A. Marinov: Contemporary Denmark: A brief outlook

Olivier Rubin: Decision-making during societal disruptions

Torben M. Andersen: Managing lockdowns and re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Danish case

Per Lægreid: Norway’s handling of COVID-19

Danuta Aniela Tomczak: Combatting pandemics in Norway

Zhiyang Jia: Labor demand under COVID-19 pandemic in Norway

Marit Aure & Laura Assmuth & Marina Hakkarainen & Pihla Maria Siim: Labor migration and translocal families: Mobile lives during the pandemic

Sajal Kabiraj: COVID-19 outbreak in Finland: A path to recovery through action-oriented implementation

Hanna Tiirinki: Social and health care safety during the COVID-19

Matti Mörttinen: Managing and communicating corona strategy: A balancing act

Juha Palokangas: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Finnish forest industry

Tuula Luoma: Enhancing co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region – together we are stronger

Ringa Raudla: Budgetary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Estonia

Merle Erikson: What protection does a homeworker need?

Jana Silaškova & Ingrid Pappel: How COVID-19 has pushed Estonia towards next generation citizen services

Alari Purju: Estonia´s governance approaches to the COVID-19

Andrey Makarychev: COVID-19 and practical biopolitics: Estonian experiences

Anda Rožukalne: Two pandemic risks: disinformation and disease

Aleksandra Palkova: Disinformation in Latvia – a self-imposed trap of best practices

Vigita Vėbraitė: Is it possible to protect procedural rights in court proceedings during COVID-19 pandemic (Lithuanian perspective)?

Anna Maria Dyner: Belarus — Economic troubles ahead

Aliaksei Kazharski: Belarus’ prospects after 2020

Lars Erik L. Gjerde: Lessons from COVID-19 to our politicians

Kari Liuhto: What before the next pandemic?