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Swedish employment law – a drama with many acts

Swedish employment law – a drama with many acts

(Nov 11, 2020) The rules covering the labour market still create heated debate in Swedish politics. Time and again, this issue has challenged the government’s survival. It also highlights disagreements between the governing Social Democrats and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO.

Danish drive against sexual harassment at work

Danish drive against sexual harassment at work

(Nov 11, 2020) Sexual harassment in the workplace must end, say the government and the social partners. Clearer rules for psychological work environments came into force on 1 November 2020.

Iceland starting to miss "overtourism"

Iceland starting to miss "overtourism"

(Nov 11, 2020) Few countries have seen a more rapid tourism growth than Iceland. For many years, the number of tourists rose by 20 to 25% every year. This led to a debate over whether Iceland was a victim of “overtourism” like Barcelona and Venice.

Vaasa wants to attract more people by making them the world’s happiest

Vaasa wants to attract more people by making them the world’s happiest

(Nov 11, 2020) The Finnish city of Vaasa was at the very start of a campaign to make it the happiest city on Earth. Then corona hit. Now it remains to be seen whether the city and its inhabitants can create greater happiness in the depths of a crisis and a pandemic.

 Akureyri’s “unity government” to tackle the crisis

Akureyri’s “unity government” to tackle the crisis

(Oct 07, 2020) All five political parties on the city council of Northern Iceland’s largest city, Akureyri, have formed a coalition. Until the next election, they must work together to tackle the crisis created by the Corona pandemic and the loss of tourism income.

Anti toll road party came third in Bergen

Anti toll road party came third in Bergen

(Oct 07, 2020) Old political parties which spend years gathering too few votes fail to engage generations, while new one-issue parties are emerging. Political constellations change while we are waiting to see who might gain some power.

Norway's richest are richer than we thought

Norway's richest are richer than we thought

(Oct 07, 2020) Top leaders on dizzyingly high salaries who pay little tax. A small elite who takes home a big chunk of the national income. No, we are not talking about the USA or the UK – this is Norway in 2020, according to Statistics Norway.

Would-be exchange students losing out

Would-be exchange students losing out

(Sep 07, 2020) International experience is important in a lot of occupations, but for many, the corona pandemic has left the dream of a colourful CV in tatters.

Which student cities do students prefer?

Which student cities do students prefer?

(Sep 07, 2020) What are students most and least happy with in 10 Nordic student cities? Statistics Norway have used data from the Eurostudent VI survey to compare students’ situations in different countries.

Danish Presidency: The Nordic cooperation passed the Corona test

Danish Presidency: The Nordic cooperation passed the Corona test

(Sep 03, 2020) Closed borders, economic confusion in Nordic cooperation forums and hundreds of millions of kroner for environment and climate work. These are some of the issues on the agenda for Nordic Ministers for Cooperation when they meet face-to-face for the first time since before the pandemic.

A silver lining for working life during corona

A silver lining for working life during corona

(Aug 14, 2020) Improved gender equality, less stress and more people who feel they have a meaningful job with positive challenges. Those are some of the surprising results found in the 2020 Norwegian working life barometer.

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.

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