Nordjobb 30 years: creating the future Nordic enthusiasts

Nordjobb is one of the most concrete of the many Nordic cooperation projects. Giving 750 youths the chance to spend a few months working in a different country might not sound like much. But the experience changes many people's view of the Nordic region. For others the experience is life-changing.

22.06.2015 | Photo: Private, Gunhild Wallin, Cata Portin

The Nordjobb youths travel across the Nordic region to take up a huge variety of jobs. All the experiences are unique. Above: Emilie Sommervold and her friends Oda Bjellum and Simon Finnäs, on a roadtrip in Iceland

Below: Two Nordjobb veterans - Loa Brynjulfsdottir and Gunvor Kronman

Front page Loa and Gunvor

 

Editorial: A space for Nordjobb?

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Complicated relationship between EU and Nordic labour law systems (Jun 22, 2015) The courts have acquired a greater role in the labour law system at the expense of politicians and the social partners. And knowing what the law actually means is becoming so difficult for employers and trade unions that the rule of law is under threat, argue the authors of a new book from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
New portal for Nordic jobs (May 13, 2015) Today jobseekers in the Nordic countries must apply to the individual countries’ employment services which advertise jobs in their own individual languages . Now a new service aims to make it easier to find jobs.
Poul Nielson to map Nordic labour cooperation (May 12, 2015) The entire Nordic labour sector will be analysed by Poul Nielson, a former Danish government minister and EU Commissioner, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nielson will present recommendations for how to strengthen Nordic labour market cooperation.
June general strike looms in Iceland (May 12, 2015) Iceland is already dealing with several strikes and more trade unions are threatening industrial action. There will be a general strike in June if the parties fail to reach a collective agreement. The strikes have already become the largest labour market conflict in Iceland in 25 years.
Experts propose a more labour targeted and user friendly NAV (Apr 15, 2015) One year has passed since Norway’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Robert Eriksson appointed the Expert group tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of the Labour and Welfare Administration NAV under the motto ‘From bureaucratic reform to user reform’. Now the report is ready: ‘A NAV with possibilities.’
Mediator needed to help with working conditions for posted workers (Apr 15, 2015) The Swedish government should appoint a mediator or a working group to help the parties in certain trades agree on which conditions in their collective agreements that should also cover posted workers. This is the proposal from the Inquiry into new rules on postings, which presented its conclusions on 31 March. Another proposal is to introduce subcontracting liability for subcontractors’ debts to posted workers in the construction industry.
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Editorial: a space for Nordjobb? (Jun 22, 2015) Comments “Ambitions are often bigger than the results when it comes to Nordic cooperation, but that does not change the fact that the dogma is alive and well. And so is the feeling that we still have something valuable which should be looked after, nurtured and developed. So there is something at the core of all this,” says Poul Nielson in Portrait. Perhaps a perspective worth a thought as the Nordic Labour Journal focuses on Nordjobb.
New Danish government: A new and challenging course for Danish labour market politics (Jun 22, 2015) Analysis Denmark’s new centre-right government faces the hard task of reforming the country’s unemployment benefit model.
Former EU Commissioner Poul Nielson: The Nordic region plays a role (Jun 22, 2015) Portrait “The Nordic region is not an island in the global society. If we want to protect what we care about and make sure we are not overrun by the values of others, we need to enter that fight,” Poul Nielson tells the Nordic Labour Journal.
Editorial: Basic skills - use them or lose them (May 21, 2015) Comments The results from the first ever Nordic PIAAC report are both exciting and frightening. It shows a surprising number of people have such poor basic skills that it affects their chances in working and public life, and it does not improve with age either.
Norway’s female boardroom quotas: what has been the effect? (May 21, 2015) Research Eight years after Norway introduced the law on gender equality in boardrooms, there are zero female CEOs in the country’s 60 largest companies. Mari Teigen and other researchers have written a book about why the boardroom quota system has had such a small “contagious” effect.
Greenland — worth the journey (May 21, 2015) Analysis The fisheries producing the Greenland prawns and halibut still represent Greenland’s most important industry, and the grant from Denmark is still the country’s largest source of money. The dream is for mining and perhaps oil to make up a larger part of the revenue. Our short trip to Ilulissat, Greenland’s third city, gave us a good insight into the nature, culture and a changing society where tourists are offered four star experiences.
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New Danish government: A new and challenging course for Danish labour market politics 

Denmark’s new centre-right government faces the hard task of reforming the country’s unemployment benefit model.

 

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Poul Nielson portlet Former EU Commissioner Poul Nielson: The Nordic region plays a role

“The Nordic region is not an island in the global society. If we want to protect what we care about and make sure we are not overrun by the values of others, we need to enter that fight,” Poul Nielson tells the Nordic Labour Journal.

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Unemployment

Per cent of workforce -
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Denmark 6.0 - June

Finland 8.4 - July

Norway 4.5 - June

Iceland 4.3 - July

Sweden 7.4 - July

OECD 6.9 - May

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Courses The Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health

8th International course on
Age Management - Life Course Approach calls for Diversity Management
5 - 8 (9) October 2015
Hämeenkylän kartano, Vantaa (Helsinki area), Finland

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Some earlier themes:
The sharing economy threatens Nordic trade unions The sharing economy threatens Nordic trade unions
The minimum wage — fit for the Nordic region? The minimum wage — fit for the Nordic region?
Media in crisis - a challenge for democracy? Media in crisis - a challenge for democracy
Celebrating 60 years with a borderless labour market Celebrating 60 years with a borderless labour market