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A “Nordic”, independent Scotland post-Brexit?

A “Nordic”, independent Scotland post-Brexit?

(Dec 01, 2020) The last time the Scots went to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom, there was speculation whether an independent Scotland would seek to link up with the Nordic region. Next year things might get serious.

Sweden’s century-long relationship with the ILO

Sweden’s century-long relationship with the ILO

(Nov 23, 2020) Sweden has had a relationship with the ILO for 100 years. Yet the country never ratified the labour organisation’s first convention. There have been tensions behind the scenes from time to time – like when the conventions have clashed with the Swedish model for collective agreements.

Internship crucial for learning language and culture

Internship crucial for learning language and culture

(Nov 11, 2020) Rafet Adem Daban (24) arrived in Norway a couple of years ago after fleeing Turkey. He believes an introduction programme has been of great help and is very happy to have had the chance to get an internship in a newspaper.

Migration to the OECD nearly halved during Corona pandemic

(Nov 11, 2020) As a result of the Corona pandemic, the number of migrants being granted visas and residence permits for an OECD country has fallen dramatically. During the first six months of 2020, the number fell by 46% compared to the same period last year, according to the OECD’s International Migration Outlook 2020.

Norway falling on integration index – or is it?

Norway falling on integration index – or is it?

(Nov 11, 2020) Over the past five years, Norway has lost its position among the top ten countries with the most inclusive and generous migration policy, according to MIPEX 2020. But what does that really mean?

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.

Susanna Gideonsson: We must defend the Swedish model

Susanna Gideonsson: We must defend the Swedish model

(Sep 08, 2020) Swedish LO’s new President, Susanna Gideonsson, has deep roots in the trade union movement. At 16 she started getting engaged in work against unfair conditions at work, and now she represents 1.4 million LO members across 14 unions. Her current main challenge is to protect the Swedish model against political interference in labour law reform.

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.

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