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Voluntary Work in the Nordic Region – Societal Cohesion in a New Era

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Available online: https://pub.norden.org/nord2020-031/ Abstract [en]: Voluntary work is important in itself, but it also creates cohesion and other important resources for society. In the Nordic region, voluntary work has also been a key feature in the democratic debate, and has been important for creating political inclusion. This report indicates that voluntary work in the Nordic region remains stable but, under the surface, structural changes are taking place that suggest that voluntary work and organisations are now finding a different role to the one they occupied previously.

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Introduction

In 2017, the Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers published a report on social trust in the Nordic region – the trust that we have in other people and that is exceptionally high in the Nordic region in an international perspective. The report, which attracted a lot of attention, had the title Trust – the Nordic Gold, which reflected that social trust is a key resource and necessary for our Nordic societal model. Without trust, the societies would not work, similar to the way an engine would not work without lubricant.

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