Davos: That’s a wrap

I have one more presentation before Davos comes to an end — moderating the "risk wrap-up" from the forum. It’s likely to be heavy on media, very light on participants … 9am on sunday.  Grr. Some random bits: I spent some time with Iceland President Olafur Grimsson — thoroughly impressive, talking about his government’s response ...

By , the president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media.

I have one more presentation before Davos comes to an end -- moderating the "risk wrap-up" from the forum. It's likely to be heavy on media, very light on participants ... 9am on sunday.  Grr.

I have one more presentation before Davos comes to an end — moderating the "risk wrap-up" from the forum. It’s likely to be heavy on media, very light on participants … 9am on sunday.  Grr.

Some random bits: I spent some time with Iceland President Olafur Grimsson — thoroughly impressive, talking about his government’s response after two massive europe-shaking risks (a financial crisis and a volcano). How do you get such a capable head of state from such a tiny country? Let’s get him on as European commission president or some such. Apparently, volcanic eruptions are increasingly likely in iceland because of climate change — unmelted glaciers limit eruptions by "tamping them down," melted glaciers not so much. I had no idea.President Grimsson is also oddly into pineapple. Grabbed a heaping plate from an otherwise distributed fruit bowl and plowed right through it. (Ed note: Could it be there’s no pineapple in Iceland?) I hadn’t thought of that.

Theme today: Northern European heads of state and fruits of preference. Great buffet lunch today, sponsored by the Norwegian government. Think red king crab, reindeer with mushroom sauce, and milk pudding with cloudberries. I bumped into Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon later on (yes, we talked some politics, but it’s Sunday and I’m tired) and gave the cloudberries very high marks. He said norwegians frequently make cloudberry liquor at home).

The recent food marketing institute’s announcement that food packaging will now have front of package easy to understand nutritional information made me think the (oft derided and hierarchical) world economic badge system should be updated too. I mentioned to Harvard law prof and stand up guy David Kennedy, he thought a little box listing net worth, Google hits, and political orientation would be helpful. I might add pet ownership (never trust someone that doesn’t have a dog).

I’ve had my big furry hat here all week in an effort to keep warm trudging up mountains … and it’s been perfectly pleasant outside. So I haven’t worn it. Not so historian Tim Garton Ash, who is wearing his even more outlandishly furry hat pretty much everywhere. Can’t miss him.

That’s it for Davos, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming …

Ian Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media. He is also the host of the television show GZERO World With Ian Bremmer. Twitter: @ianbremmer

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