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NMR announces funding for research on Corona measures

(Jun 11, 2020) The Nordic Council of Ministers has set aside DKK 1 million for a research project to look at the effects of the measures in connection with the covid-19 pandemic.

When Uber met the Nordics

When Uber met the Nordics

(Jun 02, 2020) The taxi platform company Uber spent little time getting four Nordic countries to change their legislation to better suit the company’s business model. Despite this, the number of people working for Uber remains low, according to a report on the platform economy commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Labour shortage for Nordic agriculture and forestry

Labour shortage for Nordic agriculture and forestry

(May 15, 2020) As unemployment rises rapidly, many Nordic farmers worry how they will get hold of foreign seasonal workers. The hardest hit are gardens, strawberry farms and other agriculture.

Interim Norwegian study of the corona epidemic’s effect on workers

Interim Norwegian study of the corona epidemic’s effect on workers

(May 15, 2020) Many Norwegian workers have become pessimistic about the future since the corona epidemic broke out. Those with the lowest levels of education and lowest pay have been the hardest hit. People between 30 and 44 are exposed shows a study from the Norwegian Work Research Institute WRI.

Prolonged sitting an increasing health and safety risk in Europe

Prolonged sitting an increasing health and safety risk in Europe

(May 15, 2020) Sedentary work has become one of the main challenges identified in the third major study of European work environments from the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work.

Infection control key as Rambøll reopen open-plan office

Infection control key as Rambøll reopen open-plan office

(May 14, 2020) Rambøll employees enjoy working in open-plan offices, but also see the need to follow Norway’s infection control rules. Researchers are warning people to be even more cautious.

Letter to the EU exposes cracks within European Trade Union Confederation

(Apr 15, 2020) It is with regret that we need to inform the Commission that the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reply regarding the consultation on European minimum wages is not representative for us. That is what ten trade union confederations from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden write in a letter which highlights a historic crack in ETUC.

 Norwegian pilot project: get work-ready in the workplace

Norwegian pilot project: get work-ready in the workplace

(Mar 04, 2020) Nordic employment authorities usually use one of two approaches when trying to help people far removed from the labour market. The traditional one is to make the job seeker “job ready” before starting work. The other is to train people for the labour market in an actual workplace.

Record low unemployment in the Faroe Islands – just 296 people

Record low unemployment in the Faroe Islands – just 296 people

(Feb 27, 2020) Nowhere in the Nordics will you find a higher employment rate than in the Faroe Islands right now. It stands at 90%, and unemployment is only 0.9%. What is it like in a society where nearly everyone has a job, and where being unemployed is correspondingly difficult?

Labour Ministers invite Nicolas Schmit to meeting

Labour Ministers invite Nicolas Schmit to meeting

(Feb 16, 2020) Nordic governments are joining forces to explain the Nordic labour market model to EU lawmakers. The Labour Ministers have sent a letter to the new Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, inviting him to a meeting in Copenhagen in early April to discuss the Nordic countries’ chosen priorities.

The Nordics lack children – only Greenland stands out

The Nordics lack children – only Greenland stands out

(Feb 15, 2020) The Nordic countries often top global rankings for happiness and gender equality. But who will benefit from this in the future, when fertility rates are falling and populations are ageing? According to the State of the Nordic Region 2020 report, only in Greenland are there far more children than old people.

Varða – Iceland's new labour market research institute

(Feb 05, 2020) The Icelandic Confederation of Labour ASÍ and the Federation of State and Municipal Employees BSRB have agreed to set up a new institute for labour market research in the country.

Rail suicides: a joint Nordic approach to reduce numbers

Rail suicides: a joint Nordic approach to reduce numbers

(Jan 28, 2020) Every year, 3,500 people in the Nordic region take their own lives. The Nordic Council Welfare Committee wants to stop this happening and has presented a vision to prevent all suicide. One of the group’s proposals is a vision zero for rail suicides by 2025.

"We must protect our police force"

"We must protect our police force"

(Dec 16, 2019) There is a parliamentary majority in Sweden for recruiting more police officers. There has been a tripling of police training places in recent years. 546 new police officers recently graduated.

Tuula Haatainen new Finnish Minister of Employment

Tuula Haatainen new Finnish Minister of Employment

(Dec 16, 2019) Experienced Haatainen (59) joins a government which features numerous young female minister. So what experience do Finnish politicians have from real working life? The question arose with Finland’s sudden change of government in mid-December.

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