Governmental Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic : A Quantitative Ethnographic Comparison of Public Health Authorities’ Communication in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden

Governmental Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic : A Quantitative Ethnographic Comparison of Public Health Authorities’ Communication in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden

Publication Type:
paper-conference
Date Issued:
2021
Authors:
K. Schnaider , S. Schiavetto , F. Meier , B. Wasson , B. B. Allsopp , Daniel Spikol
Publisher:
Springer
Language:
eng
Page:
406-421
DOI:
10.1007/978-3-030-67788-6_28
ISBN:
978-3-030-67787-9
Abstract:

The Scandinavian countries are often seen as a unity. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic striking differences on how the countries approached the crisis became evident. This quantitative-ethnographic (QE) study aimed to understand political and cultural similarities and differences between the three Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway and Sweden – through their crisis communications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we focused on how the health authorities of the three countries, in their press releases, treated information about COVID-19 and acted in four fields: reorganization of population behavior, containment of viral transmission, preparation of health systems, and management of socioeconomic impacts. As a methodology, the QE tools nCoder and ENA were applied, respectively: to code the press releases and to correlate the treatment of information with the four fields of action. © 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords:
COVID-19 Crisis communication Pandemic Quantitative ethnography Health Information management Public relations Crisis communications Denmark Governmental response Health systems Press release Scandinavian countries Socio-economic impacts Presses (machine tools)