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Gissur Pétursson, Permanent Secretary with thermometer and yardstick

Gissur Pétursson, Permanent Secretary with thermometer and yardstick

(Feb 15, 2019) Gissur Pétursson worked in the Icelandic Directorate of Labour for more than 20 years, but has moved on to become the top civil servant in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Children. The ministry has just changed to focus on four areas; children, housing, social insurance and the labour market.

Drífa Snædal, Iceland’s new ASÍ leader: Taking the helm in turbulent times

Drífa Snædal, Iceland’s new ASÍ leader: Taking the helm in turbulent times

(Nov 15, 2018) Icelandic trade unions are going through serious changes. The more than 100 year old Icelandic Confederation of Labour ASÍ has elected a new President – Drífa Snædal. For the first time ever, ASÍ is being led by a woman.

Nader Ahmadi heads the new work environment authority with “ears to the ground”

Nader Ahmadi heads the new work environment authority with “ears to the ground”

(Oct 16, 2018) In Swedish Gävle a new public body in work environment knowledge is emerging, which will be responsible for creating and disseminating knowledge. “The work environment is extremely important for socially sustainable societies,” says the Director General Nader Ahmadi.

Stein Olav Henrichsen: Taking Munch into the future

Stein Olav Henrichsen: Taking Munch into the future

(Sep 07, 2018) The new Munch Museum already towers 13 stories over old Viking plots by the Oslo fjord. Stein Olav Henrichsen is the museum director who has taken on the task of managing an historic milestone, as the Munch collection is moved and visitor numbers must double. Who is he, and what does he want? Is Munch relevant enough to fill the grand new museum?

OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi: Sticks to facts and fears protectionism

OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi: Sticks to facts and fears protectionism

(Jun 22, 2018) Former Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi has spent nearly a lifetime in Finnish politics. As OECD Deputy Secretary-General she has spent most of her time advising the world’s governments on development and growth. At year’s end it is over. Now she wants to help Finland prosper as leader for the Finnish Commerce Federation.

Britt Östlund: Technology is made by people – so we can influence it

Britt Östlund: Technology is made by people – so we can influence it

(May 28, 2018) 80 year olds are considerably more different from each other than 40 year olds, yet older people are often described as an homogenous group with no real knowledge of how to use technology. This limits innovation and influences how welfare technology for older people is created, says Britt Östlund, a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology specialising on older people and welfare technology.

Anna Söderbäck: #metoo shows a need for a new type of leadership

Anna Söderbäck: #metoo shows a need for a new type of leadership

(Apr 19, 2018) #metoo has spread like wildfire across the Nordic region. In Sweden, 65 different trades gathered their stories under different banners. First were the artists with hashtags like #tystnadtagning (silence, filming) and #ViSjungerUt (we’re singing out). Anna Söderbäck also shared her experiences. Now she is calling for a new type of leadership.

OsloMet’s Rector Curt Rice wants to shake up academia

OsloMet’s Rector Curt Rice wants to shake up academia

(Mar 12, 2018) Oslo has a new university, the third largest in Norway. OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, will educate the future labour force across a range of professions. If Rector gets his way, gender equality will permeate everything. Digitalisation will be a top priority and programmes will be developed at the intersection of research, teaching and practice.

Ásmundur Einar Daðason: Time to overhaul the social safety net

Ásmundur Einar Daðason: Time to overhaul the social safety net

(Feb 08, 2018) Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Ásmundur Einar is also responsible for labour market issues. He met the labour market parties already the first week after becoming a government minister. Right now two issues are extremely important, he believes: To maintain the good relations with the labour market parties and strengthening the trust between the ministry, the government and the parties.

Magnus Gissler: Growing international interest for Nordic agreement model

Magnus Gissler: Growing international interest for Nordic agreement model

(Dec 10, 2017) “In my view the trend has changed, and the interest for and understanding of the Nordic model has grown internationally. This also gives more energy to the Nordic cooperation,” says Magnus Gissler, General Secretary of The Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS).

Matilda af Hällström, entrepreneurial Nordic Council lobbyist in Brussels

Matilda af Hällström, entrepreneurial Nordic Council lobbyist in Brussels

(Nov 23, 2017) It is an active 24-year-old which the Nordic Council has chosen to be its first local representative in Brussels. Matilda af Hällström is already busy finding out how the Nordic Council can improve its cooperation with the EU and within the EU.

Pål Molander: The Nordic region must not forget the importance of a good working environment

Pål Molander: The Nordic region must not forget the importance of a good working environment

(Oct 23, 2017) A good working environment is good for business, says Pål Molander, Director General at the National Institute of Occupational Health. What is more: The Nordic countries have successfully adapted the working environment in the face of a changing labour market. The working environment has been a strength in the past, and must remain so in the future, he says.

Ragnhild Lied – Head of Nordic trade unions guarding the Nordic model

Ragnhild Lied – Head of Nordic trade unions guarding the Nordic model

(Sep 19, 2017) Globalisation, technological developments and a changing labour market are all challenges to organised work. Trade union leader Ragnhild Lied is at the frontline fighting labour market crime, the shadow economy, new organisational structures and the weakening of the working environment act.

Luca Visentini: The OECD must follow up its new narrative of inclusive growth

Luca Visentini: The OECD must follow up its new narrative of inclusive growth

(Jun 21, 2017) The European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC, criticises what they see as poor correlation between the OECD's macro-economic analysis and the strategic recommendations given to individual member countries. The advice does not reflect a new narrative about inclusive growth.

Britt Lundberg: President of the entire Nordic region

Britt Lundberg: President of the entire Nordic region

(May 04, 2017) Border obstacles must go. That is crucial for both growth and employment. And important for the 2017 Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, says the President of the Nordic Council, Britt Lundberg from Åland and Finland.

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