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Nordic cooperation - a question of survival

Nordic cooperation - a question of survival

There are those who ask whether Nordic cooperation still has a part to play in a Europe run by the EU. That does not apply to Per Unckel. The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers is all enthusiasm. If all doubt regarding the Nordic cooperation has not been dispelled by the time he leaves, he shall consider himself a failure, so goes his postulate.

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Between East and West

“Talking about a northern dimension, it is quite easy to disregard the northernmost parts of the North, and the cooperation carried on between these parts of the countries of the so-called “North Calotte” and Russia,” Governor Eino Siuruainen of the Finnish province Oulu claims.

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The Mental Bridge

The Mental Bridge

Education and research in the Øresund region has created strong connections between Denmark and Sweden – but there’s a small difference.

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The Nordic labour market in an extended Europe

Ever since the early Nineties there has been a close cooperation between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. As the Baltic countries and Poland become members of the EU, the professed openness acclaimed by the Nordic countries through fifty years of cooperation is being put to the test.

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A free labour market demands practical solutions

“We shall spare no efforts to make the Nordic and the Baltic countries the best when it comes to integration within the EU. Not until then may we influence the other member states, and further broaden the common labour market.”

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The house on the borderline

The house on the borderline

Some 40,000 individuals commute between Sweden and Norway. For the purpose of assisting the commuters, a “Border Service” was established one year ago at Morokulien, between Kongsvinger in Norway and Arvika in Sweden. The “Border Service” offers guidance to which rules apply in each country, and shows one result of a unique cooperation between the county employment services in both countries.

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Nordic cooperation - two sides to the coin?

“The Nordic countries are unique” “The Nordic countries are a model” “The Nordic countries may serve as an example”. The reputation of the Nordic countries is on the whole rather favourable.

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Need for closer co-operation on labour force mobility between Nordic and Baltic countries

Ministers of labour from the Nordic countries and Baltic states have agreed to increase bilateral and multilateral dialogue and the exchange of views on common labour market policy issues actively and on all levels.

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Nordic PESs cooperate effectively - but continued obstacles to a true common labour market

«The public employment services (PESs) in the Nordic countries cooperate effectively when employers are looking for labour from neighbouring countries. Contacts are made easily and trustfully, and are based on confidence and familiarity. » So says international director Peter R. Myklebust, of the Norwegian Directorate of Labour.

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Is Volvo a car or a computer?

Is Volvo a car or a computer?

The Nordic countries are well advanced in the use of the new technology. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are at the forefront of Europe in terms of home PCs, Internet connections, and, not least, ownership of mobile telephones. But the lack of skilled labour can be an obstacle to continued rapid development, warn many experts.

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