Refugees bring new life to Finnish Punkalaidun, known for its coffins
Feb 02, 2017
The road to Punkalaidun is beautiful, but treacherously winding and slippery in the wintertime. This is far out into the countryside. The municipality is more than 150 kilometres north-west of Helsinki.
Nordic working life facing up to changing times
Dec 15, 2016
The labour market is changing. When the Nordic labour ministers met in Helsinki on 29 November, the integration of refugees into the labour market and challenges like demographics, new technology and a fragmented labour market were among the central issues. Together with the ILO, the discussion carried on around the future of work and gender equality.
Nordic Council session 2016
Nov 08, 2016
Here we have collected the articles we wrote about the Nordic Council session in Copenhagen.
Digitalisation - The Nordics showing the way
Oct 14, 2016
Everyone, from the cradle to the nursing home, is affected by the digitalisation. Nordic Labour Journal looks at how the Nordic countries tackle the challenge.
A labour market without work contracts
Jun 20, 2016
New ways of organising the labour market through online platforms are shaking up entire trades. can the Nordic model survive the sharing economy?
From psychosocial sick leave to well-being and attendance at work
May 20, 2016
The psychosocial working environment in the Nordic region is changing as a result of big changes and increasing demands at work. But there are also innovative solutions.
The threat to Nordic freedom of movement
Apr 19, 2016
“The aim must be to normalise the situation and to remove borders obstacles when the refugee situation comes back under control,” says Bente Stein Mathisen, chair of the welfare committee at the Nordic Council. But before that happens, Danish politicians want to introduce new obstacles – this time for travellers between Sweden and Denmark. Refugees, border obstacles and integration are themes when the Nordic Council meet in Oslo on 19 April.
Gender equality in war and peace
Mar 04, 2016
Positions of power are still being conquered for the first time by Nordic women. But the one position of power no woman has yet held is commander-in-chief.
How are you doing in the Nordic countries?
Feb 08, 2016
Kick off in Turku/Åbo for the Finnish Presidency and a great drive for Nordic cross-sector cooperation. How can work, welfare and culture be combined?
Refugees - burden or resource?
Nov 27, 2015
In a short amount of time refugees’ chances of getting to the Nordic countries have been dramatically reduced. In the first ten months of 2015 , before the tightening of rules, more than 170,000 people applied for asylum in a Nordic country. Many of the new arrivals will be turned down. The Nordic region will still get a solid boost of labour. The future challenge will be integration. Are refugees a threat to Nordic welfare societies? Can refugees be included in working life without lowering wages and risking the creation of a new economic underclass?
Working life research and the future
Oct 23, 2015
Where are the working life researchers in the debate about the future? asks Ann Bergman, Professor in working life science at the University of Karlstad.
Shadow economies - the Nordic strategies
Sep 29, 2015
Carrot or stick? The Nordic countries have different strategies for fighting the shadow economy. Finland and Sweden have used tax incentives to make it cheaper to buy declared labour. Norway and Denmark use controls as a main tool. In Norway six authorities coordinate the work, while Denmark's new government feels controls have gone too far.
Nordjobb 30 years: creating the future Nordic enthusiasts
Jun 22, 2015
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.
PIAAC Nordic: many adults poor at problem solving using computers
May 21, 2015
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.
A Nordic helping hand to marginalised youths
Apr 15, 2015
A large group of youths are not in education, employment or training - so-called NEETs. There is increased focus across Europe on ways to prevent this group of young people from permanently falling outside of the labour market. The Nordic countries have good experiences with finding, motivating and preparing these youths for work.
Faith, gender and the Nordic region
Mar 05, 2015
Magdalena Andersson and Margot Wallström in Sweden’s feminist government lift the country’s position in this year’s gender equality barometer. For the fifth year running the Nordic Labour Journal measures gender equality using our own barometer. It shows steadily improving gender equality in the Nordic region. This year we focus on churches where women are conquering top positions, Denmark where women are entering the boardrooms and Sweden’s drive for critical innovation with women in the lead.
The minimum wage — fit for the Nordic region?
Feb 07, 2015
While Nordic trade unions consider a minimum wage to be a catastrophe, employees in many other EU countries see it as protection against social dumping and unreasonable labour market conditions. We have to debate a statutory minimum wage so that everybody can see the strengths of the Nordic collective agreement system, and the value this represents for employees and for society as a whole, says Bente Sorgenfrey, President for the Council of Nordic Trade Unions.
The sharing economy threatens Nordic trade unions
Dec 12, 2014
The sharing economy is a brand new phenomenon which has exploded into fast moving marketplaces with names like Uber, Netflix and Airbnb. It’s all about renting, not owning — be it a car, a boat, a bike or using your own home to make a little extra cash. New online technology creates new opportunities for both consumers and producers, without anyone really knowing the future extent or consequences of this market. The Nordic Labour Journal looks at how the sharing economy is shaping up in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and how it affects the labour market.
Work environment: getting positive results
Nov 12, 2014
One in four workers in Europe suffer from stress or other psychosocial difficulties according to Eurofound’s latest survey. But the work for a better work environment is a fight against a many-headed troll. The number of challenges typical of modern working life are increasing. The dangers in the service industry are different from those on the factory floor. As work to improve work environments shifts focus to psychological factors and positive measures, new dangers emerge because of new technology, like nano technology.
Youth unemployment — light at the end of the tunnel?
Oct 14, 2014
The tide is turning. Starting this year, Europe’s working-age population is falling, but that does not solve the problem of youth unemployment. Clear political priorities are needed. We have looked at some of the current measures in the Nordic region. We went to North Sweden to see how a small municipality is dealing with the challenges. We have looked at apprenticeship systems in Norway, Denmark and Finland to see what works, and we met Finnish youths who have been given a new chance through the youth guarantee — which is meant to be a model for the rest of Europe. The question remains: is there light at the end of the tunnel?