The Nordic Welfare Watch

Final report

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The Nordic Welfare Watch was a leadership programme during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014 and consisted three main projects: Nordic Welfare Watch – in Response to Crisis, Welfare Consequences of Financial Crises, and Nordic Welfare Indicators. The project period was from 2014–2017. The goals of the programme were to find better ways to measure and monitor citizens' welfare and to explore the role of financial structures and austerity measures in mitigating the effects of financial crises in different societies, with special emphasis on the Nordic welfare societies. Another goal was to examine how well municipal social services were implemented in the Emergency Management systems and to map future welfare challenges. Five reports and two main proposals were made, one to establish a Nordic Welfare Forum and the other to publish a set of Nordic Welfare Indicators (NOVI). This report is the final report of the Nordic Welfare Watch and contains a summary of the main outcomes of the programme.




The Nordic Welfare Watch was a part of Iceland’s leadership programme in Nordic Cooperation in the field of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The programme was active during the period 2014–2017. Its goals were to find better ways to measure and monitor the welfare of citizens, to support and inform policy formulation on welfare, explore the effect of financial structures on the Nordic welfare systems in times of crisis, map future challenges to welfare, and explore how social services in the countries’ municipalities were implemented in the Emergency Management systems. The programme was also intended to evaluate whether it would be appropriate to base a Nordic Welfare Watch on Icelanders’ experience with the Icelandic Welfare Watch established in 2009, following the banking collapse.


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