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Freedom of Movement within the Social and Labourmarket Area in the Nordic Countries

Summary of obstacles and potential solutions

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Removing barriers to mobility and encouraging crossborder freedom of movement have long been priorities for the Nordic countries. A series of analyses and reports have addressed the issue. In Punkaharju in 2007, the Nordic prime ministers decided that it was time for this work to enter into a more operational phase and they set up the Freedom of Movement Forum. In addition to safeguarding citizens' rights, work on this issue makes the Nordic countries more competitive and promotes economic growth.

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Invalidity benefits

People who move between the Nordic countries and are affected by illness or disability can face difficulty supporting themselves. Qualifying conditions for the payment of invalidity benefits vary and the benefits are designed in different ways in the different Nordic countries. This can lead to people receiving higher or lower benefits than those who have worked in just one country.

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