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State of the Nordic Region 2020

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State of the Nordic Region 2020 gives you a unique look behind the scenes of the world's most integrated region, comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The report presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of play within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, labour market and economy. In addition, you can read about wellbeing and energy pathways towards a carbon neutral Nordic Region. State of the Nordic Region 2020 is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Births, Children and Young People

The Nordic Council of Ministers has explicitly stated that it wants the Nordic countries to be the best place in the world for young people and children (Nordic Council of Ministers, 2018a). However, despite the favourable family policies that have been enacted in support of this goal, the birth rate is below replacement levels in almost all Nordic countries. We look into the changes in relation to the composition of the young age groups growing up in the different regions. Knowledge about young people across the regions is of crucial importance if the Nordic countries are to meet their aspirations towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and support young people to play a key role and actively participate in society (Nordic Council of Ministers, 2018a).

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