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The hunt for innovation knows no borders

(Mar 01, 2004) Today, all countries are seeking the ultimate environment for innovation and creativity. The Nordic countries are looking to each other for help. In January this year the Nordic Innovation Centre, NICe, was established in Oslo. Financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, its ambition is to make the Nordic countries leading innovators in Europe

Women on the board - threat of quotas makes the debate pick up pace

Women on the board - threat of quotas makes the debate pick up pace

(Nov 01, 2003) In both Norway and Sweden, legislation is underway for the purpose of placing more women on the boards of private companies unless trade and industry, on its own initiative, increases the women’s share of these positions. Despite the strong presence of equality rights in the Nordic countries, this has still to reach the boardrooms.

A free labour market demands practical solutions

(Nov 01, 2003) “We shall spare no efforts to make the Nordic and the Baltic countries the best when it comes to integration within the EU. Not until then may we influence the other member states, and further broaden the common labour market.”

Swedes at the top

(Nov 01, 2003) In the ongoing debate, Swedes tend to be portrayed as suffering from illness most often, compared to the rest of Europe. “That’s totally wrong!” says Paula Liukkonen, Senior Lecturer of Business Management, who has carried out extensive research on personnel policy and working environment.

The house on the borderline

The house on the borderline

(Nov 01, 2003) Some 40,000 individuals commute between Sweden and Norway. For the purpose of assisting the commuters, a “Border Service” was established one year ago at Morokulien, between Kongsvinger in Norway and Arvika in Sweden. The “Border Service” offers guidance to which rules apply in each country, and shows one result of a unique cooperation between the county employment services in both countries.

The fight against increasing sick leave

(Nov 01, 2003) Sweden and Norway are well off compared to the rest of Europe when one considers the living standard, the working environment, social security and average life expectancy. The economy of these societies is threatened, however, by ill health and overwhelming numbers of sick notes. These numbers are actually topping those from other European countries. Even though the statistics may contain errors, the fight against sick leave tops the agenda.

Weekend in mid-week

(Oct 01, 2002) Three days’ work and three days off is a model that is increasingly being tried out in Sweden, especially in the health service and care of the elderly. The idea was considered ‘crazy’ when it was first tried out, but it is now attracting more and more attention even outside Sweden. Several Danish local authorities are going to introduce the model on an experimental basis in the autumn, and several large enterprises both in Sweden and other countries have expressed interest.

Aluminium, Jobs and Environment

Aluminium, Jobs and Environment

(Oct 01, 2002) Six hundred new jobs in a small fjord in eastern Iceland can save a community facing difficult times. This is the point of view of local people in the East fjords who now have high hopes that an aluminium plant will be built in Reydarfjördur in the nearest future.

In Hillerød they sleep at work

(Oct 01, 2002) Employees work better after an afternoon nap, which is a good thing both for them and for their employer.

Norwegian partnership for an inclusive workplace

(Nov 01, 2001) An "intention agreement for an inclusive workplace" was reached between the government and the Norwegian social partners at the beginning of October. Over the next four years, the parties will work actively towards reducing absenteeism by 20 %, getting more disabled people into work and encouraging people to stay working for longer. The agreement will be reviewed after two years.

Targeted measures for the unemployed

(Nov 01, 2001) By giving the jobless the 'right and duty' to work, the Danish government has managed to bring unemployment figures down. But, in a new reform, the Danish Minister of Labour recognises that compulsory activation in recent years has gone too far.

Nordic men want equal opportunities

(Nov 01, 2001) It's a myth that Swedish and Norwegian men only take paternity leave so they can go deer hunting. Research shows that men have the same reasons as women, according to the Nordic men's conference in Copenhagen.

Need for closer co-operation on labour force mobility between Nordic and Baltic countries

Need for closer co-operation on labour force mobility between Nordic and Baltic countries

(Nov 01, 2001) Ministers of labour from the Nordic countries and Baltic states have agreed to increase bilateral and multilateral dialogue and the exchange of views on common labour market policy issues actively and on all levels. The decision was reached at the first meeting between the Nordic and Baltic ministers of labour held in Tavastehus, Finland, on 22 October. The main issue of discussion concerned labour force mobility between the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Finnish Minister of Labour, Tarja Filatov, hosted the meeting. Due to regional differences in employment and the increasing average age of the labour force, questions concerning labour force mobility have played a key role during the Finnish chairmanship of the Nordic cooperation this year.

Co-operation and competition for success

(Nov 01, 2001) Gnosjö is home to one of Sweden's most successful industrial regions and, paradoxically, also one with the lowest level of education. Here, aspects other than theoretical training have combined to generate creativity and success. The central feature is and has been the ability to co-operate. The tie between research and development is now being drawn even tighter.

Kongsberg: Working together for growth

(Nov 01, 2001) By investing in networks, partnerships and closer co-operation between research and private industries, Norway intends to concentrate on growth and innovation over the next ten years. This initiative, entitled "Value Creation 2010", was launched at a conference in Kongsberg at the end of October.

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