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The Nordic Future of Work

Drivers, Institutions, and Politics

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The Nordic future of work How will work and working life in the Nordic countries change in the future? This is the question to be addressed in the project The Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges for the Nordic Models. This initial report describes the main drivers and trends expected to shape the future of work. It also reviews the main distinctions of the Nordic model and recent developments in Nordic working lives, pointing towards the kind of challenges the future of work may pose to the Nordic models. Too often, debates about the future narrowly focus on changes in technology. This report draws attention to the broader drivers and political-institutional frameworks influencing working life developments, aiming to spur debate about how the interaction of changes in demography, climate, globalization and digital technologies may influence Nordic working lives in the coming decades.

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How will work and working life in the Nordic countries change in the future? This is the overriding question in the project “The Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges for the Nordic Models” (NFoW) commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers. This initial report describes the main drivers and trends expected to shape the future of work. Further, the report reviews the Nordic models’ main distinctions and recent working life developments in the Nordics, and points to the kind of challenges the future of work may pose to the Nordic models.

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