State of the Nordic Region 2018

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State of the Nordic Region 2018 gives you a unique look behind the scenes of the world’s most integrated region, comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The report presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of play within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, economy, the labour force and education. In addition, you can read about the latest developments within the Nordic bioeconomy, get the status of Nordic digitalisation as well as the latest on health and welfare, plus culture and the arts. State of the Nordic Region 2018 is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, along with the Nordic Welfare Center and Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.



Towards inclusive nordic labour markets

High levels of labour market participation are the cornerstone of the Nordic Welfare State and a key component of the Region’s high standard of living (Halvørsen et al., 2012). All Nordic countries share the ambition of promoting inclusive labour markets where as many people as possible can participate in employment. Work provides identity and contributes to economic independence, participation and social inclusion. It gives the individual an opportunity to develop and use their abilities which is another common goal in respect of Nordic integration and the inclusion of as many people as possible in labour market policies, mobilising people to be active citizens (Karlsdóttir et al., 2017). This chapter begins with a broad focus on unemployment and inactivity, detailing the present situation and providing some context for current statistics through an analysis of trends over time. It then goes on to address the specific situations of two groups who frequently experience marginalisation in the labour market – young people and immigrants.


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