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.




Young people in the Nordic region generally have good living conditions. However, at the same time the Nordic countries share some challenges, we have groups of youth that feel they do not belong in the community, feel that they are not listened to and are not taken seriously when participating. We also know that there is a geographical factor. The place where young people live and grow up affects their opportunities. Regardless if they grow up in a city, a disadvantaged neighbourhood, a rural village or a sparsely populated area, these preconditions differ, and it is important to emphasize. Youths are heterogenous groups with different needs. We have groups of youth that we know need more support and efforts, for example individuals in risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training), at risk of suffering from mental illness, immigrants and youth with disabilities.


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