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Former EU Commissioner Poul Nielson: The Nordic region plays a role

Former EU Commissioner Poul Nielson: The Nordic region plays a role

(Jun 22, 2015) “The Nordic region is not an island in the global society. If we want to protect what we care about and make sure we are not overrun by the values of others, we need to enter that fight,” Poul Nielson tells the Nordic Labour Journal.

Ingrid Ihme, chosen to sort out NAV

Ingrid Ihme, chosen to sort out NAV

(Apr 15, 2015) “This must be the most demanding and exciting group of the decade. I am proud to have been part of it,” says Ingrid Ihme, head of Telenor Open Mind, and one of the seven people chosen to sit in the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs’ Expert group which has been assessing possible changes to Norway’s Labour and Welfare Administration, NAV.

Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir: The Bishop who is spring cleaning the church

Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir: The Bishop who is spring cleaning the church

(Mar 06, 2015) Bishop Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir has been sitting in her office in Laugavegur in Reykjavik city centre preparing the Sunday’s sermon in peace and quiet. Now she is sat facing me, answering my questions quietly and to the point. The first question goes straight to the point; what is it like being a bishop?

Minister for Strategic Development Kristina Persson: make the Arctic “green”

Minister for Strategic Development Kristina Persson: make the Arctic “green”

(Feb 07, 2015) So far she has been the least visible minister in the Swedish government. That’s about to change as she is setting up a think tank in the government offices.

Gerd Kristiansen: Norwegian LO leader with a backbone

Gerd Kristiansen: Norwegian LO leader with a backbone

(Dec 12, 2014) There is tension in the air. The leader for Norway’s largest labour organisation is incensed with the government’s labour policies and its lack of cooperation on the proposed new work environment act which would grant employers more powers to hire people on temporary contracts. Her determination can be felt across the room.

Ylva Johansson: Minister for Employment with a feminist agenda

Ylva Johansson: Minister for Employment with a feminist agenda

(Nov 11, 2014) Her ambitions are clear: youth unemployment is priority number one. Second on the list is to match jobseekers and jobs. She wants to improve working conditions in female-dominated workplaces and she will fight for more social rights within the EU.

Kvinfo Director: The Nordics can’t afford not to be gender equal

Kvinfo Director: The Nordics can’t afford not to be gender equal

(Oct 15, 2014) Modern gender equality must liberate both sexes, and the Nordic region must be at the forefront of this. It is too expensive not to, says Nina Groes, Director at the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, Kvinfo.

Mikael Sjöberg: rebuilding trust in the Public Employment Service

Mikael Sjöberg: rebuilding trust in the Public Employment Service

(Sep 11, 2014) Mikael Sjöberg again leads one of Sweden’s most important working life institutions. His challenge is to build trust in the Public Employment Service, which has come in for a lot of criticism.

Stine Bosse: Keep the Nordic region a sweet spot

Stine Bosse: Keep the Nordic region a sweet spot

(Jun 17, 2014) The Nordic region is a privileged sweet spot, and should remain one. But it means fully embracing the EU says Danish Stine Bosse, named one of the world’s most powerful businesswomen many times over.

Ólafía Rafnsdóttir: Women needed in the wage rate decision process

Ólafía Rafnsdóttir: Women needed in the wage rate decision process

(Apr 11, 2014) Iceland is known internationally for its strong female leaders, but men have been the ones deciding wage rates. Ólafía B. Rafnsdóttir became the first female President in 122 years of Iceland’s trade union for commercial workers, VR, when she was elected last year.

The salary gap: a stain on Finland’s reputation

The salary gap: a stain on Finland’s reputation

(Mar 05, 2014) When it comes to female representation in business and politics, Finland is a leader in the EU in a range of fields. The Ombudsman for Equality, Pirkko Mäkinen, is particularly pleased with the fact that Finland has better female representation in boardrooms than any other EU country - 27 percent - without having to use gender quotas.

Solveig Horne, minister with a blue-blue view of Norwegian integration

Solveig Horne, minister with a blue-blue view of Norwegian integration

(Feb 11, 2014) “I am now in government,” says the Progress Party’s Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne. She will stick to the cooperation agreement with the Conservatives and the supporting parties the Liberals and Christian Democrats. There’s a lot of good Progress Party politics right there, says the government minister. She has “no comment” about party colleagues who call for more Progress Party politics.

Kaj Leo Johannesen: The Faroe Islands’ challenge is to keep hold of its youths

Kaj Leo Johannesen: The Faroe Islands’ challenge is to keep hold of its youths

(Dec 11, 2013) Since 28 August the Faroe Islands have been boycotted by the EU and Norway because of a dispute over North Atlantic herring and mackerel. Faroese vessels are banned from landing these two species in the EU, Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen tells the Nordic Labour Journal.

Sture Fjäder challenges Finland’s trade union culture

Sture Fjäder challenges Finland’s trade union culture

(Nov 07, 2013) Strengthening the Nordics as an economic region, cutting income tax, reviewing the priorities of the welfare state – these are just a few of the issues on union boss Sture Fjäder’s agenda for Finland and the Nordic region.

Dagfinn Høybråten’s new Nordic project: health cooperation

Dagfinn Høybråten’s new Nordic project: health cooperation

(Oct 08, 2013) Much tighter cooperation between Nordic health services is in the pipeline and if it succeeds the cooperation model can easily be expanded to include other policy areas which would help develop the Nordic welfare model. That’s the vision of the project’s chief architect, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten.

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