PIAAC Nordic: many adults poor at problem solving using computers

Nordic countries get top scores in OECD’s survey of adult competencies. Now new comparative Nordic research reveals that far from everyone is on the winning team. A surprising 10 percent of the population have poor skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving using a PC. If nothing is done, many risk being excluded from working and public life. These are the results from the first PIAAC for the Nordic countries which measures adult competencies.

The Nordic Labour Journal has been given a preview and features interviews with representatives from the Nordic research network. In the photo, from top to bottom: Aune Valk, Estonia; Ann-Charlott Larsson, Sweden; Hanne Størset, Norway; Antero Malin, Finland; Erik Mellander, Sweden and Anders Rosdahl, Denmark. 

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Norway’s female boardroom quotas: what has been the effect?

Eight years after Norway introduced the law on gender equality in boardrooms, there are zero female CEOs in the country’s 60 largest companies.

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Iceland strikes front June general strike looms in Iceland

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. 

Deputy leader for Iceland’s Association of Academics (BHM), Páll Halldórsson leads the negotiation for his members. Here he also leads a demonstration in Reykjavik, which more than 2000 people attended. "Wages according to education" is the slogan for the day.

 

 
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Denmark 6.4 -March

Finland 10.3 - March

Norway 4.1 - February

Iceland 4.6 - February

Sweden 8.3 - April

OECD 7.0 - February

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