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Social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Nordic countries  

Initiatives to promote social entrepreneurship and social innovation

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The Nordic countries are currently facing major challenges with regard to maintaining and further developing social welfare. Against this background, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided in autumn 2013 to appoint a working group to map initiatives to support social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Nordic countries. The main purpose of this mapping is to increase knowledge of initiatives to support social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Nordic Region in the work to include disadvantaged groups in employment and society. This report presents the results from the mapping and the working group's recommendations for further follow-up.

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Initiatives to support social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Iceland

The terms social entrepreneurship and social innovation are still relatively unknown in Iceland. There are no separate initiatives and measures specially targeted at social entrepreneurship and social innovation. But based on the definitions of social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the literature, it is nevertheless apparent that several actors and activities, particularly in the third sector, but also among more informal groups, fall into this category. Research has shown that the third sector in Iceland is deeply anchored in the welfare system. The sector plays an extensive role in delivering welfare services, some of which can be categorised as social innovation

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