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.



Migration - The wary welcome of new–comers to the Nordic Region

After the exodus of large portions of their populations in the early twentieth century, in recent decades the Nordic countries have predominantly been countries of immigration. The migration policies of the Nordic countries have long been welcoming to work migrants and the region has become a prime destination for people from the new EU member states. These migrants have been important to the Nordic countries as population growth slows and the populations age. Without migration since 1970, population growth in Sweden would have ceased and the population size would be 8 million rather than the 10 million it is today (Lundkvist, 2016). Migrant workers are especially important to rural regions with declining populations as they alleviate population decreases and provide a work force.


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