Social Inclusion of Youth in Iceland

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Nabo is a project launched under the Swedish presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018. The project is run by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society over the period 2018-2020 and seeks to make the youth perspective visible through the words of Nordic youth. Young people’s voices will be heard in questions regarding their lives. And based on that knowledge they will be given the opportunity to participate and influence political decisions. Young people are asked to describe their everyday lives and how they perceive their opportunities and obstacles. From their stories Nabo builds a framework of success factors for social inclusion in the Nordic region. This study is based on six focus group interviews with youth in different places in Iceland. In this report you find the result from the Icelandic study. Similar studies are carried out in the other Nordic countries and in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.



Experience of social inclusion and participation

Generally, the participants felt like they belonged to the neighbourhood/area where they grew up, but not as much to the new neighbourhood/area if they had moved. In the Reykjanesbær-group, the two women raised in Reykjanesbær felt like belonging there and calling it their home: “It’s so nice to live in a town of 3,000 people. Really nice.” They talked about their experiences of Reykjavík being a big city and feeling lost there.


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