Palestinian, woman, dyslexic – and successful businessperson in Iceland
Feb 14, 2017
Fida Abu Libdeh arrived in Iceland aged 16. “I didn’t even understand whether my teacher was trying to teach me Icelandic or Danish. It wasn’t until many years later I learnt I had dyslexia,” she says.
Þorsteinn Víglundsson: Legislating for an equal pay standard
Feb 02, 2017
Iceland’s new Minister of Social Affairs and Equal Rights, Þorsteinn Víglundsson, will introduce a brand new labour market policy based on the Nordic model. He will also present proposed legislation to implement an equal pay standard. Þorsteinn knows the labour market well, having been the Director General of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA).
The ILO’s Deborah Greenfield: In dialogue with the Nordics on gender equality and the future of work
Dec 15, 2016
Deborah Greenfield was part of the transitional administration from Bush to Obama, she served as Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labour, she was a legal expert for the USA’s largest trade union AFL-CIO. Now, as the Deputy Director General, she is about to take the ILO into a new era. Meeting Nordic labour ministers, Deborah Greenfield is impressed with the discussion.
NIB’s Henrik Normann – the welfare sector needs a bank director too
Nov 16, 2016
Henrik Normann heads one of the most successful Nordic institutions, the Nordic Investment Bank. It is celebrating 40 years in business, and was founded with capital from all of the five Nordic countries.
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, the government minister in charge of Nordic cooperation in 2017
Oct 13, 2016
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker is Norway's Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, and the Minister of Nordic Cooperation. She comes from Troms, Norway's northernmost county and is used to working across the Cap of the North. She has enjoyed a solid career in local politics, has been an advisor and state secretary in several centre-right governments and is well prepared for 2017. That is when she will be in charge of Nordic cooperation. What will be her priorities?
SAK President Jarkko Eloranta: Poorer Finns cannot be a good thing for Finland
Sep 16, 2016
Since June this year, Finland’s largest trade union SAK has been run by Jarkko Eloranta. In this portrait interview with the Nordic Labour Journal he attacks the government’s labour market politics for its aim of making Finnish labour cheaper.
Birgitta Forsström – The fresh thinking Nordic region’s working environment director
Jun 14, 2016
Good leadership is crucial for well-being at work thinks NIVA’s new director, Birgitta Forsström. NIVA now offers courses in health promoting leadership and diversity leadership in addition to more traditional themes. This is how she wants to create new Nordic arenas for training in the working environment area.
Åland’s Premier Katrin Sjögren: Multi-talented law maker
May 20, 2016
The Liberal Katrin Sjögren has been the head of Åland’s autonomous government since November last year, and the challenges are queuing up. Cuts are needed everywhere, Åland’s largest factory is threatened with closure and a high profile wind power project looks set to get blown away.
Carola Lemne: Optimist on behalf of Swedish businesses
Mar 22, 2016
Carola Lemne is first among equals at The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and spokeswoman for 60,000 small and large companies. Her recipe for better inclusion of newly arrived people into work is cutting costs for employers. Lower pay and lower tax leave both employers and employees better off.
Kristin Lund: No shortcuts to gender equality in the armed forces
Mar 04, 2016
Major General Kristin Lund from Norway is the UN’s first female commander of a peacekeeping force. She believes there will be a female commander-in-chief in one of the Nordic countries within four years.
Finland’s Anne Berner: We must not loose the right to Nordic freedom of movement
Feb 08, 2016
It has been eight months since business woman Anne Berner became a minister in Finland’s new centre right Sipilä government. She plans to stay in politics for one term, which means she has no more than three years and four months to implement her plans. And she has her plans laid out.
New President of LO-Denmark defends the Nordic model
Nov 27, 2015
The new first lady of the Danish trade union movement, Lizette Risgaard, is a staunch defender of Nordic cooperation and has already proven that she will fight to the bitter end in defence of the Nordic collective bargaining model.
Norway's new NAV Director: Sigrun Vågeng wants less central control and better leadership
Oct 23, 2015
“I have clear instructions to increase the focus on labour within NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration). That is my mission,” says Labour and Welfare Director Sigrun Vågeng. She believes less centralised control and more leadership will help her in that mission.
Jari Lindström: The Minister of Employment who switched sides
Sep 29, 2015
A few years ago Jari Lindström was an unemployed paper mill worker in an industrial town with no future. Today he is Minister of Justice and Employment in the Finnish government planning considerable benefit cuts. Lindström has been forced to defend decisions he was fighting against not long ago.
Former EU Commissioner Poul Nielson: The Nordic region plays a role
Jun 22, 2015
“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.
Ingrid Ihme, chosen to sort out NAV
Apr 15, 2015
“This must be the most demanding and exciting group of the decade. I am proud to have been part of it,” says Ingrid Ihme, head of Telenor Open Mind, and one of the seven people chosen to sit in the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs’ Expert group which has been assessing possible changes to Norway’s Labour and Welfare Administration, NAV.
Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir: The Bishop who is spring cleaning the church
Mar 06, 2015
Bishop Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir has been sitting in her office in Laugavegur in Reykjavik city centre preparing the Sunday’s sermon in peace and quiet. Now she is sat facing me, answering my questions quietly and to the point. The first question goes straight to the point; what is it like being a bishop?
Minister for Strategic Development Kristina Persson: make the Arctic “green”
Feb 07, 2015
So far she has been the least visible minister in the Swedish government. That’s about to change as she is setting up a think tank in the government offices.
Gerd Kristiansen: Norwegian LO leader with a backbone
Dec 12, 2014
There is tension in the air. The leader for Norway’s largest labour organisation is incensed with the government’s labour policies and its lack of cooperation on the proposed new work environment act which would grant employers more powers to hire people on temporary contracts. Her determination can be felt across the room.
Ylva Johansson: Minister for Employment with a feminist agenda
Nov 11, 2014
Her ambitions are clear: youth unemployment is priority number one. Second on the list is to match jobseekers and jobs. She wants to improve working conditions in female-dominated workplaces and she will fight for more social rights within the EU.