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  • 1. Andreasson, Ulf
    et al.
    Lundqvist, Mikael
    Nordic leadership2018Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Nordic companies and organisations are often distinguished by committedemployees and a high degree of creativity. One reason is a specific Nordicleadership style, which sets itself apart through the delegation of power and responsibility to employees and a high degree of consensus seeking, among other things. Nordic leaders also stress the necessity of co-operation. In addition, they play down their authority and often function more as coaches for their employees. It is also important that leaders are able to inspire their employees, and be visionary yet realistic at the same time.

    This report describes how various studies on culture, leadership and values characterise the Nordic leadership style. The report also attempts to find factors in Nordic societies that could help explain the leadership style in the Nordic region. Particular attention is given to two of these: the creation of the Nordic welfare state and the tradition of balancing different interests in society, especially within the labour market. The discussion of these factors is also supplemented by examining the role played by the industrial structure.

  • 2. Andreasson, Ulf
    et al.
    Lundqvist, Mikael
    Nordiskt ledarskap2018Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Nordiska företag och organisationer präglas ofta av engagerade anställda och hög grad av kreativitet. En anledning är en särskild nordisk ledarskapsstil vars kännetecken bland annat är delegering av makt och ansvar till medarbetare samt hög grad av konsensussökande. Den nordiske ledaren betonar också nödvändigheten av samarbete. Han eller hon nedtonar vidare sin auktoritet och fungerar ofta snarast som en slags coach för medarbetarna. Det är också viktigt att ledaren ska inspirera medarbetarna och vara visionär, men samtidigt realistisk.

    Denna rapport beskriver hur studier om kultur, ledarskap och värderingar karaktäriserar den nordiska ledarskapsstilen. Rapporten försöker också finna faktorer i de nordiska samhällena som kan bidra till att förklara ledarskapsstilen i Norden. I synnerhet pekas på två faktorer: den nordiska välfärdsstatens utformning samt traditionen av att balansera olika samhällsintressen, inte minst inom arbetslivet. Dessa faktorer kompletteras med att även peka på den nordiska industristrukturens roll.

  • 3. Bergstedt, Cecilia
    Cultivating Gender: Meanings of Place and Work in Rural Vietnam2015Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    “The husband ploughs, the wife transplants, the buffalo harrows.” In rural Vietnam, this ancient saying has survived communist revolution, land reforms and the recent rise of market-oriented household farming. And yet, even if this trinity still pictures the ideal essence of farming life, the reality is that urbanization, labour migration and economic change in the Vietnamese countryside are leading to a feminization of farming. This transformation has profound implications not just for the agricultural sector and the individual women themselves but also for fundamental social structures and relations. By exploring in detail the lived reality of rural life in a northern wet-rice village, the author offers important insights into place, workand (not least) what constitutes femininity and masculinity in Vietnam today.

  • 4.
    Carter, Helen
    et al.
    Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University.
    Gutzon Larsen, Henrik
    Department of Human Geography, Lund University.
    Olesen, Kristian
    Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University.
    A Planning Palimpsest: Neoliberal Planning in a Welfare State Tradition2015In: European Journal of Spatial Development, ISSN 1650-9544, no 58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we analyse the evolution and transformation of Danish spatial planning from its tentative origins in liberalist politics, through its rise as a central feature of the welfare state project, to its more recent entrepreneurial forms in a context of neoliberalisation. The article demonstrates how transformations of Danish spatial planning discourses and practices must be understood in context of previous discourses and practices sedimented as layers of meaning and materiality through time and over space. These layers do not completely overlay one another, but present a palimpsest saturated with contradictions as well as possibilities. We propose the notion of the ‘planning palimpsest’ as a helpful metaphor for drawing attention to the historical-geographical characteristics of planning discourses and practices.

  • 5. Cohen, Paul
    Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism2017Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian ‘Buddha-land’. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar.

    The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites.

    Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.

  • 6.
    Giacometti, Alberto
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Teräs, Jukka
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Regional Economic and Social Resilience: An Exploratory In-Depth Study in the Nordic Countries2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    How capable are local and regional economies of recovering from global and local shocks and threats and ensure resilient long-term development paths?

    Answering this question was the challenge of the Nordic Thematic Group on Innovative and Resilient regions, set by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

    Thus, from 2017 to 2018, an exploratory in-depth study was conducted on economic and social resilience in the Nordic regions.

    The empirical research included a close examination of a variety of threats as well as factors driving resilience in regions in all five Nordic Countries.

  • 7.
    Gärdegård, Anna
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    Hadnagy, JuditNordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    School - a basis for successful inclusion: Newly arrived children and young people in the Nordic countries2018Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Between 2011 and 2016, nearly 200 000 children and young people arrived in the Nordic countries as asylum seekers, either unaccompanied or with their families. The most important platform for inclusion and integration of newly arrived children and young people is school.

    We know from research that completing primary education is the single most important protective factor for a number of social problems, regardless of a family’s socioeconomic background. There are many young people in the Nordic countries today who have not completed secondary education or vocational training; their employment prospects are significantly impaired, and they are at greater risk of social exclusion.

    Newly arrived children and young people must have the same opportunities as their peers to become established in the employment market in the future, to earn a steady income and play an active part in society. There is every reason, therefore, to mobilise and to study what has been learned from research and practical experience to see how we can create suitable conditions for learning and inclusion in school.

    In this publication we have interviewed researchers and practitioners with extensive experience and knowledge of this field. We hope that their experiences will provide inspiration and ideas to advance the important work that is being done now and in the future.

  • 8.
    Gärdegård, Anna
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    Tägtström, Jenny
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    Skolan en grund för lyckad inkludering: -Nyanlända barn och unga i Norden2017Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Mellan åren 2011–2016 har närmare 200 000 barn och unga kommit som asylsökande till de nordiska länderna, ensamma eller med sin familj. Den viktigaste arenan för inkludering och integration av nyanlända barn och unga är skolan.

    Vi vet genom forskning att en genomgången grundskola är den enskilt viktigaste skyddsfaktorn mot en rad framtida sociala problem, oavsett familjens socioekonomiska bakgrund. I dag står även många unga i Norden utan fullföljd gymnasie- och yrkesutbildning. För dem är utsikterna till arbete avsevärt försämrade och risken större att hamna i utanförskap.

    Nyanlända barn och unga ska få samma möjligheter som sina jämnåriga kamrater till att i framtiden kunna etablera sig på arbetsmarknaden, få en stabil inkomst och aktivt kunna delta i samhällslivet. Det finns därför all anledning till kraftsamling och att ta del av kunskap från forskning och praktiska erfarenhet om hur vi kan skapa goda förutsättningar för lärande och inkludering i skolan.

    I denna skrift har vi intervjuat forskare och praktiker med lång erfarenhet och kunskap på området. Vi hoppas att deras erfarenheter ger inspiration och idéer till det viktiga arbete som görs i dag och i framtiden.

  • 9. Hakamies-Blomqvist, Liisa
    et al.
    Knutsen Rydberg, EllenMuhonen Nilsen, Marika
    Nordisk Styrka: Perspektiv till samarbete inom forskningen2006Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapporten är framtagen av NordForsk för att belysa nordiskt samarbete inom forskningens område från många olika perspektiv. Vi har inbjudit olika typer av aktörer att beskriva sina erfarenheter och åsikter på ett personligt sätt; många röster och många olika språk har fått utrymme i denna bok.

  • 10.
    Heleniak, Timothy
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    From Migrants to Workers: International migration trends in the Nordic countries2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is one of several outputs of a project called From Migrants to Workers: Immigrants’ Role in Local Labour Markets in the Nordic Region for the 2013–2016 Nordic Working Group on Demography and Welfare (Nordregio, 2016). This paper analyses data on recent migration flows into the Nordic countries. Another working paper analysed case studies of the process of integration in selected Nordic regions (Harbo, Heleniak, & Hildestrand, 2017). The paper also provides additional detail for the chapter on migration in the State of the Nordic Region 2018 report.

  • 11. Hew, Wai Weng
    Chinese Ways of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia2017 (ed. 1st)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many recent works on Muslim societies have pointed to the development of ‘de-culturalization’ and ‘purification’ of Islamic practices. Instead, by exploring architectural designs, preaching activities, cultural celebrations, social participations and everyday practices, this book describes and analyses the formation and contestation of Chinese Muslim cultural identities in today’s Indonesia. Chinese Muslim leaders strategically promote their unique identities by rearticulating their histories and cultivating ties with Muslims in China. Yet, their intentional mixing of Chineseness and Islam does not reflect all aspects of the multilayered and multifaceted identities of ordinary Chinese Muslims – there is not a single ‘Chinese way of being Muslim’ in Indonesia. Moreover, the assertion of Chinese identity and Islamic religiosity does not necessarily imply racial segregation and religious exclusion, but can act against them.      The study thus helps us to understand better the cultural politics of Muslim and Chinese identities in Indonesia, and gives insights into the possibilities and limitations of ethnic and religious cosmopolitanism in contemporary societies.

  • 12. Hew, Wai Weng
    Chinese Ways of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia2017 (ed. 1st)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many recent works on Muslim societies have pointed to the development of ‘de-culturalization’ and ‘purification’ of Islamic practices. Instead, by exploring architectural designs, preaching activities, cultural celebrations, social participations and everyday practices, this book describes and analyses the formation and contestation of Chinese Muslim cultural identities in today’s Indonesia. Chinese Muslim leaders strategically promote their unique identities by rearticulating their histories and cultivating ties with Muslims in China. Yet, their intentional mixing of Chineseness and Islam does not reflect all aspects of the multilayered and multifaceted identities of ordinary Chinese Muslims – there is not a single ‘Chinese way of being Muslim’ in Indonesia. Moreover, the assertion of Chinese identity and Islamic religiosity does not necessarily imply racial segregation and religious exclusion, but can act against them.      The study thus helps us to understand better the cultural politics of Muslim and Chinese identities in Indonesia, and gives insights into the possibilities and limitations of ethnic and religious cosmopolitanism in contemporary societies.

  • 13. Hudson, Chris
    Beyond the Singapore Girl: Discourses of Gender and Nation in Singapore2013Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The branding of Singapore International Airlines with the image of a beautiful, petite and servile ‘Oriental’ woman dressed in figure-huggingsarong-kebaya is one of the world’s longest running and most successful advertising campaigns. But this image does not simply advertise a service; it is part of a global and national regime of symbolic constructions of gender that today is seen as outdated and sexist, and bearing little relation to modern Singapore where women have good access to education and increased life choices resulting from engagement in the wage economy. The nation’s economic success has been a force for their liberation. One catastrophic consequence of women’s changed lives has been the plunge in fertility rates.

    Singapore has one of the world’s lowest despite energetic government campaigns encouraging women to have more babies – and men to be more ‘masculine’. The failure of these campaigns and rethinking of the Singapore Girl highlight a key premise of this book: there are limits to the power of discursive constructions of gender in the national interest.

  • 14.
    Knudsen, Marianne
    Nordic Council of Ministers, NordForsk.
    Samfundssikkerhed i de nordiske lande2019Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [da]

    Hvad er samfundssikkerhed? Samfundssikkerhed omfatter blandt andet et samfunds evne til at opretholde vitale fornødenheder og sikre befolkningers liv, sundhed, basale behov og grundlæggende værdier under ekstraordinære belastninger, kendt som kriser.

  • 15.
    Knudsen, Marianne
    Nordic Council of Ministers, NordForsk.
    Societal security in the Nordic countries2019Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    What is societal security? Societal security comprises the ability of a society to sustain vital societal functions and secure its population’s life, health, needs and basic values under extraordinary stresses, known as crises.

  • 16. Kosunen, Niina
    et al.
    Asikainen, Anna-Rosa
    Gústafsdóttir, Guðný
    Haggrén, Heidi
    Lång, Karolina
    Regulation of Gender - Discriminatory Advertising in the Nordic Countries2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the media’s normative power to reflect daily life and to shape our understanding of gender, media plays a vital role in constructing – or deconstructing – gender equality. In modern societies, the advertising industry plays a major role in the media landscape. In the Nordic countries gender discriminatory advertising has been on the public agenda since the 1970s and 1980s, the time when gender equality legislation was adopted. However, the Nordic countries have chosen different ways of combating and regulating gender discriminatory advertising. This report presents results of a survey on how gender-discriminatory advertising is regulated in the Nordic countries. The survey was conducted as part of a project on gender equality in the media carried out during the Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016.

  • 17. Kristiansen, Jens
    et al.
    Tilly, Hans
    Söderberg, Lena Maier
    Dreesen, Flemming
    Norðdahl, Magnús
    Johannessen, Christen Horn
    Stefánsdóttir, Hrafnhildur
    Sebardt, Gabriella
    Lorentzen, Ane Kristine
    Hellsten, Jari
    Kragh, Jens
    Sjödin, Ella
    Europe and the Nordic Collective-Bargaining Model: The Complex Interaction between Nordic and European Labour Law2015Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    One of the special features of the Nordic countries is that the determination of wages and working conditions is largely left up to the negotiations between the social partners. The purpose of this report is to illuminate a number of the challenges faced by the labour-law systems of the Nordic countries in the light of an increasingly well-developed European law system.The first part of the report was prepared by Dr. Jur. Jens Kristiansen, the editor-in-chief, and focuses on a number of the general challenges facing the labour-law systems of the Nordic countries in the form of European rules and court decisions.The second part of the report was prepared by various representatives of employer and employee organisations in the Nordic countries and illustrates some of the challenges faced by the social partners in their interaction with the European court system and the way in which these challenges have been addressed in the individual countries.

  • 18.
    Langlais, Richard
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Tepecik Diş, Aslı
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Dymén, Christian
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Perjo, Liisa
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Larsson, Veronique
    Addressing social sustainability through everyday life: Experience from a pilot study in four Nordic city-regions2017Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Increasing globalization, climate change and shifting demographics are creating a new context for discussion of development and its spatial distribution. This is a new challenge for planners and politicians, who are expected to develop and approve plans encompassing the existing built environment, new settlements and urban infrastructure, at the same time as the context rapidly shifts. This forces a re-assessment of how growth and development are envisioned in planning interventions. Some policymakers support a major shift towards green growth, based on radical improvements in energy systems, as the new paradigm leading to sustainability. Green growth has been embraced in order to mobilize green investments and to mitigate the current economic and environmental crises. It is often criticized, however, for neglecting the effects on the everyday lives of the individuals who reside in the city-regions where green growth is envisioned. Nordic cities are not only growing, but becoming more culturally and socioeconomically diverse. In that context, the quest for green growth raises profound professional, technical, theoretical and ethical questions for planners and politicians, including implications arising from increased socio-cultural diversity and associated perspectives.

    The objective of the pilot study presented here is (1) to consider whether, and if so, how, knowledge about everyday life practices of different groups of women and men are present and integrated into Nordic cityregion planning; and (2) to test the usefulness, for researchers and planners, of assessing city-region planning through the eyes of everyday life theory. The research included several interviews, a workshop, and text analysis of documents concerning city-region policy and the processes of sustainable urban and regional planning. Local perspectives were scrutinized through the lens of gender, then extended to consider intersectionality. Intersectionality is a theoretical tool that attempts to foster understanding of a multiplicity of social contexts, including the different discourses of power and their implications for individuals and how they relate to their social, economic and ecological situations. Preliminary findings indicate that although the theory of everyday life is not a highly visible and literal component of Nordic city-region planning, the four city-regions all, to varying degrees, express its philosophical inclinations. Awareness of everyday life conditions and perspectives, and consequent fundamental objectives, present particular challenges to planners, who are responding with a number of innovative practical approaches.

  • 19. Larsen, A.D.
    et al.
    Albrecht, S.
    Hansen, J.
    Hansen, Å.M.
    Harris, A.
    Hjarsbech, P.U.
    Härmä, M.
    Järnefelt, H.
    Karhula, K.
    Kecklund, G.
    Kolstad, H.A
    Leineweber, C.
    Lie, J.A.S.
    Lowden, A.
    Matre, D.
    Møller, S.V.
    Puttonen, S.
    Pylkkönen, M.
    Ropponen, A.
    Sallinen, M.
    Sihvola, M.
    Specht, I.O.
    Tucker, P.
    Vanttola, P.
    Vedaa, Ø.
    Vistisen, H.T.
    Waage, S.
    Garde, A.H.
    Working hours and health - 2014: Coordination of research on working hours and health in the Nordic countries - Future perspectives 20142015Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The 2014 workshop on "Co-ordination of research on working hours and health in the Nordic countries" was held at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health on the 23rd-24th October 2014. The overall purpose of the workshop was to provide a platform for cooperation and development of high-quality research projects on working hours and health in the Nordic countries. The project is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The present report summarizes the presentations and discussions at the workshop with main focus on opportunities for future collaborations.

  • 20.
    Lindberg, Gunnar
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Johnsen, Ingrid H.G.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Kristensen, Iryna
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Teräs, Jukka
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Developing a greener economy in Nordic regions: interventions to overcome the challenges2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This study specifically examines the main challenges that impede green growth in Nordic countries, and identifies potential ways of overcoming these challenges and driving the green growth agenda forward. The methodology of the research comprised a survey, sent out to all 74 NUTS 3 (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 3) regions in the Nordic countries, and interviews with key national experts, focusing on challenges and government interventions related to the implementation of green growth initiatives. The results highlighted differences between Nordic regions in their work on green growth. In addition, we conducted a policy review of existing Nordic national-level bioeconomy and cleantech strategies, identifying their main focuses, explicit (or implicit) mentions of challenges to developing green growth and government interventions necessary to promote it. Based on the survey, interviews and our national policy review, we identified several such challenges and government interventions in Nordic regions.

  • 21.
    Lohenoja, Camilla
    University of Helsinki.
    From subordination to “own work”: Perceived life changes of former Haliya bonded labourers after their liberation2015In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 1, p. 31-38Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The article discusses the perceived life changes of former Haliya bonded labourers in Nepal after their liberation. It concentrates on the subjective perceptions of the labourers, a field that has had little attention in literature to date. Nineteen semi-structured, in-depth interviews of former Haliyas, were conducted in a rural village in Baitadi, Far-Western Nepal in the summer of 2013. These were then analysed, using qualitative content analysis. The paper is constructed on the concept of social status, more precisely subordination, and it suggests that diminishing subordination, such as caste discrimination, dependency and forcing, is more important in former bonded labourers’ lives than the lack of improvement in material benefits. Therefore it can be argued that the literature on bonded labour stresses too much the quantitative data and the meaning of material conditions, and fails to see the importance of the personal experience and improved social status as the most important change in their lives. This suggests that it might be useful to examine the importance of social status when tackling inequality questions as well.

  • 22. Lund, Ragnhild
    et al.
    Philippe, DoneysResurrección, Bernadette P.
    Gendered Entanglements: Revisiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia2015Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    •  First of its kind with a specific Asia focus, covering a wide set of contemporary issues relating to gender.

    • Explores if gender as a social analytic has remained true to its earlier feminist promise for emancipatory and empowering outcomes.

    The overall objective of this volume is to revisit gender as a concept that can engage simultaneously with change and continuity in today’s Asia, but with greater intellectual reflexivity to examine multiple, intersecting, and complex dimensions of identity and difference, and formerly unacknowledged sources of social power from institutions and their emerging discourses. Individual chapters, written by gender scholars from Europe and Asia, critically examine the concept of gender in the context of emerging development issues relating to four broad thematic areas: ‘Gender over Time’, ‘Power, Policy and Practices’, ‘Environment and Resources’, and ‘Justice and Human Rights’. In so doing, they also address how gender has been changed, both as a normative process influencing social roles and relations and as an object and/or a concept of research.

  • 23.
    Lundqvist, Martin
    Lund University.
    Everyday conceptualizations of sustainable peace in Nepal: post-liberal peace and beyond?2015In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 1, p. 45-52Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    By employing semi-structured interviews this article investigates the peacebuilding environment in Kathmandu, Nepal, with an eye in particular to capture everyday conceptualizations of sustainable peace, and to investigate whether these might contribute to more holistic peacebuilding approaches in the country. The article draws initial inspiration from the post-liberal peace framework put forth by Oliver Richmond, which problematizes the liberal peace model by highlighting its tendency to neglect the local context and needs, as well as its frequent reliance on top-down and technocratic measures. Instead, Richmond calls for peacebuilding approaches which are more holistic and sensitive to the everyday needs of inhabitants of post-conflict societies. It is found that the post-liberal peace approach largely corresponds to the manner in which the interlocutors of this article conceptualize sustainable peace, i.e. by highlighting everyday issues such as material improvements, social justice, and national political stability. However, the article concludes by arguing that there are also issues of practical concern with both the post-liberal peace framework and the manner in which sustainable peace is conceptualized by interlocutors in Kathmandu.

  • 24.
    Medeiros, Eduardo
    Universidade de Lisboa.
    Territorial Cohesion: An EU Concept2016In: European Journal of Spatial Development, ISSN 1650-9544, E-ISSN 1650-9544, Vol. 60, p. 1-30Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the concept of Territorial Cohesion, which has been gaining increasing interest within academia and the EU policy circles. In particular, this article examines its relevance and main dimensions, and also suggests a comprehensive definition based on those dimensions. Additionally, this paper proposes a methodology which can be used to measure Territorial Cohesion in a given territory. Furthermore, the article also highlights the importance of the territorial dimension as a key topic in the EU political agenda and, at the same time, gives a contribution to answer several questions for debate expressed in the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion.

  • 25.
    Montefusco, Maria
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    The Nordic region for all: Nordic co-operation on universal design and accessibility2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]
    • Start
    • A Nordic region for all

    Alla publikationer

    A Nordic region for all

    • Funktionshinder

    The Nordic countries, including the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland islands, want to work together as effectively as possible to make society more accessible. The Nordic Council of Ministers has commissioned a report with proposals for areas of co-operation with regard to universal design and accessibility. The work is funded by the Council of Ministers’ Sustainable Development Strategy. Since the report was commissioned, the UN has adopted sustainability goals as part of Agenda 2030.

    The report is primarily aimed to policy makersat the Nordic level. It may also be of interest topeople who work with sustainable developmentas well as universal design and accessibility atthe national, regional or local level. Differencesin the conditions for participation and equalopportunities between women and men orgirls and boys, respectively, were also describedwhere such information exists. The project andthe panel were coordinated by the Secretariatfor the Council for Nordic Co-operation onDisability at the Nordic Centre for Welfare.5Introduction

  • 26.
    NOSOSCO, Editorial Group
    Nordic Council of Ministers, NOMESCO-NOSOSCO. SSB Norway.
    Nordic Welfare States, challenged by ageing and immigration?: - Comparable indicators2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report is the third in a series of reports financed by the Nordic Social Statistical Committee (NOSOSCO), discussing future challenges to the Nordic Welfare states. Building on the assumption that there are some key common traits shared by the Nordic welfare states justifying the use of the label “Nordic welfare model”. The purpose of the report is to use comparable indicators to analyse some key challenges faced by the welfare states. Identifying and describing comparative indicators for common challenges may be suitable both for analysing the challenges and for policy making in the Nordic countries. At their best, indicators are measures that condenseinformation on relevant issues and facilitate policy making. More emphasis on the challenge coming from increased immigrationto the Nordic countries in the recent years, since this has reached the forefront ofpublic and political debate in all of the Nordic countries.

  • 27.
    Purkarthofer, Eva
    Aalto University.
    When soft planning and hard planning meet:: Conceptualising the encounter of European, national and sub-national planning2016In: European Journal of Spatial Development, ISSN 1650-9544, E-ISSN 1650-9544, Vol. 61, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite continuous research efforts, the role of the European Union regarding spatial planning remains unclear. This article proposes to employ the concepts of soft spaces and soft planning to better comprehend how European spatial planning finds its way into the national planning systems. The EU contributes to the creation of soft spaces, differing from administrative entities, while at the same time, it acts as a driver of soft planning, focusing– both for strategic and legal reasons – on coordination, cooperation and mutual learning, rather than ‘hard’, regulatory planning. The article claims further that instead of depicting the connections between the EU and its member states, research should pay increased attention to the encounter of European and domestic planning within a country. The scales, actors and instruments that deal with EU inputs within a country might prove to be crucial factors that ultimately determine the impact of EU policies on spatial planning. To illustrate the encounter of European and domestic planning in the light of soft and hard planning, the article introduces a conceptual framework and thereby provides an outline for further empirical research.

     

  • 28.
    Reardon, Mitchell
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Nordregio News 3 2014: Poverty and Social Exclusion2014Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Finding durable solutions to poverty and social exclusion arguably requires multi-sectoral and multi-level governance approaches to foster territorial cohesion and address socioeconomic disparities in the continent’s metropolitan regions. In this issue of Nordregio News, we explore the issues of poverty and social exclusion in an urban European context, consider how these issues are dealt with in a suburban municipality in the Stockholm Region and learn about a distinct approach to raise awareness among policy-makers. 

  • 29. Rebien, Claus C.
    Effekten af nordiske projekter: En udredning af udvalgte projekters gennemførsel og effekt2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [da]

    Projektaktiviteterne under Nordisk Ministerråd er omfattende, og projekt- og programlignende aktiviteter udgør over halvdelen af budgettet. Nordisk Råds Kontrolkomite har på den baggrund igangsat en udredning af udvalgte projekters gennemførelse og effekt. Udredningen omfatter projekter inden for miljø- samt social- og sundhedsområdet (afsluttet i perioden 2011-2013). Udredningen har særlig fokus på a) projekternes nordiske nytteeffekt, b) eventuel politisk opfølgning og c) hvordan resultaterne og de positive effekter er gjort synlige og tilgængelige for offentligheden.

  • 30. Rebien, Claus C.
    Pohjoismaisten hankkeiden vaikutus: Selvitys hankkeiden toteutuksesta ja vaikutuksesta2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [fi]

    Pohjoismaiden ministerineuvoston projektitoiminta on mittavaa, ja projekti- ja ohjelmatoiminnan osuus budjetista on yli puolet. Pohjoismaiden neuvoston tarkastuskomitea on käynnistänyt tämän nojalla selvityksen tarkastelun kohteeksi valittujen hankkeiden toteutuksesta ja vaikutuksesta. Selvityksen kohteeksi on valittu ympäristöalan sekä sosiaali- ja terveysalan hankkeita (jotka ovat päättyneet kaudella 2011–2013).

  • 31. Rostgaard, Tine
    et al.
    Høy Worm, Vibeke
    Sigurjónsson, Jón Anton
    Næs, Jónas Tór
    Finne-Soveri, Harriet
    Österlund, Maj-Len
    Sigurdardottir, Sigurveig
    Ouren, Thorstein
    Granberg, Ann-Kristin
    Ældreomsorg i Norden2015 (ed. 500)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    FRÅGAN om kvalitet i äldreomsorgen är viktig och mer aktuell än någonsin. Avsikten med denna rapport är att skapa en överblick över situationen i Norden och därmed ge varandra inblick i och inspiration till hur utmaningarna inom äldreomsorgen bäst kan mötas.

    I TAKT med befolkningens stigande medelålder blir det under många år framöver en utmaning för de nordiska länderna att tillfredsställa behoven inom äldreomsorgen.Antalet äldre ökar samtidigt som födelsetalet faller och det blir allt svårare att rekrytera personal till äldreomsorgen.

    PROGNOSER pekar på att gruppen äldre blir långt mer differentierad än någonsin tidigare och kräver mer individuellt anpassad omsorg och vård. Äldreomsorgen ska således tillfredsställa både de resursstarka och dem som har långvariga och kroniska sjukdomar.

    RAPPORTEN sätter fokus dels på den nuvarande situationen i Norden, dels på hur vi framöver kan hantera kvalitetsbegreppet och lära av varandras olika kvalitetssystem

  • 32.
    Rottem Krangnes, Lars
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    Fra like rettigheter til like muligheter: Rapport fra Det andre nordiske ekspertseminaret om arbeidsliv og funksjonshinder (Oslo, 19. april 2017)2017Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [no]

    Denne rapporten er utarbeidet av Nordens velferdssenter (NVC) på grunnlag av Det andre nordiske ekspertseminaret om arbeidsliv og funksjonshinder (Oslo 19. april 2017). Ekspertseminaret var finansiert av Nordisk ministerråds embetsmannskomite for arbeidsliv (EK-A), og ble arrangert av NVC i samarbeid med Kompetansesenter for arbeidsinkludering på Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus.

    Hovedmålet med seminaret var bidra med et faglig fundert funksjonshinderperspektiv til arbeidet med Nordisk ministerråds samarbeidsprogram for arbeidslivssektoren 2018-2021. Samarbeidsprogrammet skal beskrive de nordiske landenes hovedutfordringer på arbeidslivsfeltet, og stille opp målsetninger innenfor delområdene arbeidsmarked, arbeidsmiljø og arbeidsrett. Programmet er planlagt vedtatt høsten 2017.

    Denne rapporten presenterer anbefalinger om prioriteringer i programmet, og anbefalinger om konkrete tiltak innenfor rammen av programmet. Tiltakene vil også kunne inngå i en eventuell ny handlingsplan for nordisk samarbeid om funksjonshinder.

  • 33.
    Schmitt, Peter
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Volgmann, Kati
    Münter, Angelika
    Reardon, Mitchell
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Unpacking polycentricity at the city-regional scale: Insights from Dusseldorf and Stockholm2015In: European Journal of Spatial Development, ISSN 1650-9544, E-ISSN 1650-9544, no 59, p. 1-26Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The normative concept of polycentricity has become a promising tool to pursue spatial policy goals such as spatial equity and justice, sustainable and balanced development, and, more recently territorial cohesion, at various scales across Europe. As earlier research has shown, a number of cityregions use the concept for their planning and development work. In pursuit of polycentric development, they call for a robust terminology, solid analysis and methods. As a result, literature analysing polycentricity at the city- or mega-regional scale has grown significantly and it appears that some consensus has been achieved in regards to the main facets and dimensions. Recognizing that the potentials to comprehend city-regional dynamics by focussing on the extent to which polycentric urban patterns evolve has not yet been fully utilised, this paper intends to contribute to a more comprehensive view on polycentricity at the city-regional scale. In doing so, we study the (potentially) emerging urban patterns of two cases, the Dusseldorf and Stockholm city-regions, employing different theoretical starting points and analytical approaches. With this in mind, we aim to unpack the concept of polycentricity at the city-regional scale and to offer academics, as well as planning professionals and policy-makers, further insights into qualifying, analysing and understanding the complexity of the topic at hand. Likewise, we argue that sound strategies to promote and mobilise different facets of polycentric development should be carefully reflected and related to the theoretical, methodological and even normative starting point of any attempt to comprehending polycentricity.

  • 34. Sjöberg, Sofi
    Nordic development project on Mobile Positioning Data for Tourism Statistics: Feasibility Study2020Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this feasibility study is twofold; to investigate the prerequisites for a Nordic development project on mobile positioning data for tourism statistics, and to present a proposal for such a project. The project proposal is based on two levels where each level builds a fundament necessary for the other level. Information and learnings flow between the levels creating an iterative process and a learning eco-system.

  • 35.
    Smas, Lukas
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Oliveira e Costa, Sandra
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Fredriksson, Christian
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Towards sustainable Nordic city-regions: A synthesis of the activities of the Nordic Working Group for Green Growth: Sustainable Urban Regions2016Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    During the period 2013–2016, the Nordic Working Group for Green Growth: Sustainable Urban Regions (NWG4) and Nordregio have developed and shared knowledge about sustainable urban development, planning and green growth. Working in close collaboration with representatives from ministries and national authorities, policymakers and municipal and regional planners within larger Nordic city-regions, we have identified a number of common challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban development. City-regions are important arenas for addressing the many challenges associated with urban sustainability, inclusiveness and attractiveness. This synthesis highlights some of these key challenges, indicates where there is potential to develop more sustainable and co-ordinated planning and policy-making. It also provides insight into implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various plans and policies through different tools, models and concepts. In addition to outlining common challenges and opportunities for Nordic urban areas and governing city-regions, this report highlights some of the specific national concerns for cityregional planning in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It also provides an overview of municipal reforms and regional reforms in the Nordic region as well as an introduction to all the Nordic spatial planning systems. First comes a brief overview of the challenges addressed in this report. The different sections describe these in more depth and contextualising them with relation to the main findings from connected projects carried out by Nordregio. This is followed by national overviews of the spatial planning systems and regional reforms in all Nordic countries, as well as national concerns for city-regional planning. The report is concluded with a section about the NWG4 and a list of the related Nordregio publications.

  • 36. Stendal, Anja Weber
    et al.
    Iversen, Lisbeth Mørk
    Beskæftigelse og traumatiserede flygtninge: En undersøgelse af virkningsfulde beskæftigelsesindsatser for udsatte og traumatiserede flygtninge i de nordiske lande2019Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Rapporten formidler resultaterne af en undersøgelse af virkningsfulde beskæftigelsesindsatser for flygtninge og familiesammenførte til flygtninge, der er psykisk sårbare, har symptomer på traumer eller er traumatiserede. Undersøgelsen består af et litteraturstudie og en afdækning af eksisterende praksisser for målgruppen i Danmark, Finland, Island, Norge og Sverige. Studiet viser, at vidensgrundlaget om effektive beskæftigelsesindsatser for målgruppen for nuværende er spinkelt. Alligevel er der identificeret en række lovende praksisser, der har god sandsynlighed for at have gode beskæftigelseseffekter for målgruppen. Rapporten formidler det eksisterende vidensgrundlag i litteraturen, detaljerede beskrivelser af lovende praksis og den identificerer centrale forudsætninger for at lave effektive beskæftigelsesindsatser for målgruppen.

  • 37. Stendal, Anja Weber
    et al.
    Iversen, Lisbeth Mørk
    Employment and traumatised refugees: A study of effective employment initiatives for vulnerable and traumatised refugees in the Nordic countries2019Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    This report presents the results of a study of effective employment initiatives for refugees and reunited refugee family members who are psychologically vulnerable, have symptoms of trauma or are traumatised. The study consists of a literature study and an exploratory investigation of existing practices for the target group in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The study shows that the knowledge base about effective employment initiatives for the target group is currently limited. Nevertheless, several best practices are identified that have a good probability of showing positive employment outcomes for the target group. The report presents the existing knowledge base in the litterature, detailed description of best practices and it identifies key prerequisites in creating effective employment initiatives for the target group.

  • 38.
    Søndergård, Dennis
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues.
    Fokus på: Velfærdsteknologi oguddannelse af personale2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Välfärdsteknologi är något som berör allt fler människors vardag i takt med att många kommuner implementerar välfärdsteknologiska lösningar, både i hemmen och på institutioner. För vårdpersonalen betyder tekniken mycket.

    Tekniken erbjuder en bättre arbetsmiljö och hjälper till att effektivare arbetet men innebär samtidigt en utmaning. Välfärdsteknologi kräver nya kompetenser, tillvänjning och inlärning. Behovet av utbildning inom välfärdsteknologiområdet ökar. Detta häfte handlar om hur vi i Norden gör för att säkra att personal som arbetar med välfärdsteknologi har den kompetens de behöver.

  • 39. Thörnqvist, Christer
    et al.
    Fleming, Daniel
    Søborg, Henrik
    Knudsen, Herman
    Andersson, Monica
    Heiret, Jan
    Håkansson, Kristina
    Isidorsson, Tommy
    Bregn, Kirsten
    Thörnquist, Annette
    Fransson, Susanne
    Schiller, Bernt
    Thörnqvist, Christer (Editor)
    Nordic Management-Labour Relations and Internationalization: Converging and Diverging Tendencies2004Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An important query for the book Nordic Management-Labour Relations and Internationalization is whether there has been any convergence towards the American or Anglo-Saxon neo-liberal model for management-labour relations or not, model which is rather hostile to corporative industrial relations in general and trade unions in particular. The result, however, is that although private and public management have introduced different flexibility reforms and international human resource management (HRM) models in all Nordic countries, the strong management-union cooperation has remained relatively intact, both centrally and locally.

    Contrary to many other countries unions and employees have often been positive to competence development, participation and flexible assignments, which were part of unions' co-determination policy of the 1970s aiming for workers to act as equal partners. The book covers different aspects and themes of the global influence on Nordic working life:

    ­ A theoretical introduction to convergence versus divergence regarding industrial relations and Nordic management-labour relations; ­ Influence of international HRM policies in Nordic multinational companies and on national IR systems studied in four chapters: in Norway; in Sweden; in Malaysia and Singapore; in European Works Councils; ­ Flexibility strategies and consequences for industrial relations in Sweden; ­ Individualization of salaries in the Danish public sector; ­ Industrial relations and occupational health and safety; ­ Increasing male-female employee difference regarding IR strategies.

  • 40. Tunström, Moa
    et al.
    Wang, Shinan
    The segregated city: A Nordic overview2019Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Issues related to segregation and integration are major responsibilities and challenges for cities, and a segregated urban environment can be understood as a symptom of wider social injustices. In this brief overview of current research on residential segregation the focus is on structural reasons to segregation. This means that it is planning policies and tendencies in socio-economic development that are discussed, rather than specific social integration measures and projects. But, there is an obvious arena where these two approaches to segregation meet, and that is in the local community and its spaces for social interaction. This is important to keep in mind, that the integrated city is both a result of strategies and initiatives on a micro scale, in the neighbourhood and between individuals, and initiatives and development on a macro scale. This report is part of a theme on segregation within the Nordic collaboration programme for effective integration and inclusion of refugees and immigrants in the Nordic countries. Read more at www.integrationnorden.org

  • 41. Tønnesson, Stein
    Explaining the East Asian Peace: A Research Story2017Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a personal story of a multinational research programme that, instead of explaining conflict, has sought to explain peace, and to gauge its quality and sustainability. The Uppsala Conflict Data Programme has shown a dramatic drop in East Asian battle deaths between the 1970s and ’80s, just as wars got worse in the rest of the world. Since 1989, East Asia has been exceptionally peaceful. The book recounts heated discussions over how to explain a regional transition to peace.

  • 42. Vainio, Anna
    Japan's Family Friendly Policies: Why Fathers Matter2015In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 1, p. 3-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article is a research report introducing the main findings of the study conducted as a part of the researcher’s Master’s Thesis on Japanese Family Friendly Policies (FFPs) and the effect they are having on advancing a gender balanced society in Japan, focusing on the influence fathers may have in this equation. The research included a three month field work on the experiences of parents who had utilised Family Friendly Policies since their implementation in the 1990s. The research found that the Japanese FFPs have failed to achieve their aims to increase the fertility rate and women’s employability for the following three reasons. Firstly these aims are based on the foundations of gender neutrality in a society that is in reality highly divided along gender lines. Secondly the aims are narrow in scope and target group, and thirdly do not address the real causes of low fertility and employment problems. I argue that promoting the role of fathers as carers would disrupt established gender norms and the benefits of FFPs would cross gender lines and produce practical outcomes that the current FFPs are unable to produce.

  • 43.
    Vainio, Anna
    University of Turku.
    Japan's Family Friendly Policies: Why Fathers Matter2015In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 1, p. 3-11Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This article is a research report introducing the main findings of the study conducted as a part of the researcher’s Master’s Thesis on Japanese Family Friendly Policies (FFPs) and the effect they are having on advancing a gender balanced society in Japan, focusing on the influence fathers may have in this equation. The research included a three month field work on the experiences of parents who had utilised Family Friendly Policies since their implementation in the 1990s. The research found that the Japanese FFPs have failed to achieve their aims to increase the fertility rate and women’s employability for the following three reasons. Firstly these aims are based on the foundations of gender neutrality in a society that is in reality highly divided along gender lines. Secondly the aims are narrow in scope and target group, and thirdly do not address the real causes of low fertility and employment problems. I argue that promoting the role of fathers as carers would disrupt established gender norms and the benefits of FFPs would cross gender lines and produce practical outcomes that the current FFPs are unable to produce.

  • 44. Vall, Berta
    Nordic Countries Overview of Work with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the Nu Räcker Det was to map out the models used in the Nordic countries to help the perpetrators of IPV to end violence. The project questionnaire was filled in by the service providers. The number of invited programmes was 68, and the response rate was around 80%. Results indicate that still some services are not free of charge and are not equally distributed geographically. In terms of safety, although most programmes contact the (ex-) partner at the beginning of the treatment, still half of the programmes do not contact the (ex-) partner during the treatment or at the end of it, moreover nearly half of the programmes do not use any risk assessment instrument. Outcome is measured by most of the programmes however partner and official reports should also be included. Finally, those results are compared and discussed in light of the European context.

  • 45.
    Visser, Jacco
    VU University Amsterdam.
    Rural-urban migration and redefining indigeneity in Dhaka, Bangladesh2015In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 1, p. 53-58Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines how students from indigenous groups from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Southeast Bangladesh who migrated to Dhaka navigate the city. It does so by investigating how students relate to discourses of modernity and urban lifestyles while not disregarding the importance of belonging to an indigenous group. This way challenging notions of being indigenous as related to a non-industrial mode of production and essentially rooted in rural areas. In addition, by revealing the ways in which these students redefine themselves as Bangladeshi, the dominant notion of a Bangladeshi as ethnic Bengali and Muslim are challenged since indigenous migrant students are neither ethnic Bengalis nor Muslims.

  • 46.
    Weber, Ryan
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Tammi, Iilpo
    Wang, Shinan
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    Anderson, Timothy
    Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio.
    A Spatial Analysis of City-Regions: Urban Form & Service Accessibility2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To understand the urban form of a city, planners must engage with complex questions of density, land use distribution, and accessibility to services and amenities. These issues, in turn, relate to critical strategic planning goals, such as regional equity, attractiveness, and environmental sustainability. In our research, conducted on behalf of the Nordic Working Group for Green Growth - sustainable urban regions, we tested a new methodological approach for integrating and measuring several of these dimensions. In doing so, we provided a spatial analysis of population density, service accessibility, and commuting pattern metrics of four case study areas in the Nordic Region: Funen (DK),Stockholm (SE), Tampere (FI) and Trondheim (NO). This analysis was applied with the following general principle in mind: where many types of services, public transportation and other amenities that people take benefit from in their everyday life are available within a convenient time distance, we can talk of well-functioning nodes in the urban form of a city. By considering this principle in relation to the urban patterns that are mapped, we aimed to determine how our analytical approach can be relevant for strategic planners working at the municipal or regional level. 

  • 47.
    2018-2021-mut suliffigisami Nunani Avannarlerni Ministerit Siunnersuisoqatigiivisa suleqatigiinnissamut ingerlassassai2018Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [kl]

    Nunat Avannarlerni suleqatigiinnermi ataatsimoorussatut suliffeqarfik tassaavoq qitiutitanut ilaasoq. Sulisartut amerlallutillu piginnaasaqartut tassaapput isumalluutitsinni pingaarnerpaat, tassaappullu Nunat Avannarlerni suliffeqarfimmut unammillersinnaasumut, aamma Nunat Avannarlerni atugarissaartutut inuiaqatigiit ineriartortitaanerannut tunngaviusut.

    Tamanna ilutigalugu Nunat Avannarlerni suliffeqarfiit allanngoriarfiit annertuut atugassaraat, ilaatigut inuit katitigaanerisa allanngoriartornerinik, nunarsuarmut siaruarnerup annertusiartorneranik, teknologiip ineriartorneranik aamma nunat tamalaani unammillernerup malitsigisaannik.

    2018-202 -mut suliffigisami suleqatigiinnissamut ingerlassassat suliffigisami suliassaqarfimmi unammillerfissat taakku pingaarutillit arlallit taakkartorpai, qanorlu Nunat Avannarliit suleqatigiinnermikkut iluarsiiviginissaannut ilapittuuteqarsinnaanerat nassuiarlugu.

  • 48. Iris, Group (Contributor)
    Digitalisation and automation in the Nordic manufacturing sector: – Status, potentials and barriers2015Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the beginning of the nineties, the total employment in Nordic manufacturing has fallen with app. 500.000 persons. In spite of this fall in the employment level, manufacturing still has considerable importance for the Nordic countries. This shows for example in exports, research and development, growth in productivity and the development of rural areas. The report points that manufacturing is on the brink of a new era, called “Industry 4.0.” Tomorrow’s successful manufacturing business will be characterized by the way they are able to integrate new advanced production technology, especially digitalisation and automation. The report goes through status, barriers and political initiatives taken concerning digitalisation and automation in all of the Nordic countries. The report also brings recommendations to common Nordic initiatives and opportunities for co-operation on the area.

  • 49.
    Growth, welfare and values: Programme for the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 20152014Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    In 2015, it will be Denmark’s turn to hold the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and lead the way in this important form of collaboration, which for many decades has served to nurture and enhance the strong sense of affinity between our nations.

    The people of the Nordic Region have close ties as a result of their shared history and values, on the basis of which a partnership has evolved that serves as a rich source of mutual inspiration and support. It has also given rise to ways of working together that provide relevant and topical answers to the challenges that we all face.

    One example of this is the long-standing commitment to promoting crossborder freedom of movement between our countries, which is crucial if Nordic companies and ordinary people are to reap the benefits of our geographical proximity, shared attitudes and sense of cultural affinity. This will continue to be a key component of Nordic co-operation. Nordic co-operation has celebrated many successes over the years, but we mustn’t rest on our laurels. It is crucial that we continue to generate real added value and come up with tangible solutions to new challenges as they arise.

    This is particularly important as we start to recover from the global economic crisis, which had a major impact on our countries. The crisis forced us to make a series of difficult decisions – not least in order to protect the Nordic welfare systems. The latter may well have proved robust but have not emerged unscathed.

    In the next few years, it will be of paramount importance that that we put the crisis behind us for good and cement the foundations of a society that will remain dynamic and innovative. We need to keep creating opportunities for those able to take advantage of them, and provide a safety net for those who find it difficult to cope on their own.

    The Danish Presidency will concentrate on four themes designed to strengthen and focus the Nordic partnership. We will turn the spotlight on growth and employment; we will uphold Nordic welfare; we will enhance knowledge of Nordic values by bolstering the Nordic “brand”; and we will focus on the Arctic.

    We look forward to a close and rewarding partnership with our Nordicneighbours and friends throughout 2015.

  • 50.
    Hållbar nordisk välfärd: Ett program för nya välfärdslösningar till människor i Norden2014Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Ett program för nya välfärdslösningar till människor i Norden. Status till de nordiska statsministranas sommarmöte den 27 maj 2014.

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