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Articles on inclusion.

Are left-handers discriminated against?

Are left-handers discriminated against?

(Aug 11, 2022) 13 August is Left Handers Day. The day celebrates the uniqueness and differences of left-handed people and was launched 46 years ago. Yet it has still not had a major impact, and it remains a bit of a mystery why left-handed people have never organised better.

Social sustainability under pressure from many sides

(Apr 25, 2022) Street battles in Sweden between people from disadvantaged areas and the police have less to do with a Danish politician wanting to burn the Koran and more to do with a lack of social glue between different groups.

The train to Russia stopped running. Lappeenranta limps on.

The train to Russia stopped running. Lappeenranta limps on.

(Apr 25, 2022) The borderless Nordic region turned out to be an illusion during the pandemic. It hit the Øresund region, border trade between Sweden and Norway and the citizens of Haparanda and Tornio. But Finland has an eastern border where traffic has ceased because of the pandemic. Today the war in Ukraine has made the situation even worse for Villmanstrand – or Lappeenranta in Finnish – the city with the closest links with Russia.

Russians in Finland "not fooled by Russian propaganda"

Russians in Finland "not fooled by Russian propaganda"

(Apr 25, 2022) Maria Taina-Parviainen is one of many Russians who have moved across the border to Lappeenranta. 21 years ago she moved from the Leningrad region to take up an apprenticeship in Finland.

Fast track for refugees took opposite directions in Sweden and Norway

Fast track for refugees took opposite directions in Sweden and Norway

(Apr 25, 2022) “Fast track was imported from Sweden, but came to Norway to die!” That is the subtitle of a chapter in a new book about how Norway’s welfare agency NAV has worked with inclusive workplaces, learning and innovation.

Swedish Employment Service wins award for anti-violence work

Swedish Employment Service wins award for anti-violence work

(Feb 12, 2022) Over the past four years, the Swedish Public Employment Service has worked to increase awareness around violence in close relationships, which is often a hidden cause of long-term unemployment. They have trained 6,000 staff as well as suppliers and clients. Now they have been awarded the 2022 Swedish Gender Equality Award.

Denmark's stricter requirements cut refugee employment rates

(Sep 08, 2021) A tougher immigration policy in Denmark has had the exact opposite effect of what it intended to have, a new analysis shows.

The many languages of working life

(May 28, 2021) In this edition, we look at work from several different points of view. But in reality, it all comes down to the same thing. Work gives us an identity and experiences we would not have otherwise. That is why we are vulnerable when our professional roles are under attack. Or if we never get the chance to work.

Improved labour market access for sign language users

Improved labour market access for sign language users

(May 28, 2021) Earlier this year the Norwegian parliament passed a new language act that states that Norway is multilingual. For the first time, Norwegian sign language was recognised as the national sign language, equal to spoken and written Norwegian as a language and cultural expression.

Iceland: Immigrants are better protected, says MIPEX

(Jan 22, 2021) Sweden is still top, but Iceland saw the greatest increase in the 2020 MIPEX migrant integration policy index. The country’s index rose by seven points from 49 to 56 between 2014 and 2019, on a scale of 100. Sweden got 86 points, down one.

Magdalena Nour: Raze barriers against international talent

Magdalena Nour: Raze barriers against international talent

(Dec 10, 2020) Sweden lacks doctors, nurses, teachers and IT engineers, yet foreign-born job seekers struggle to access the Swedish labour market. If they make it as far as an interview, the experience often makes them feel surprise and frustration.

Theme: A lost year for integration?

Theme: A lost year for integration?

(Nov 11, 2020) Will 2020 and perhaps even 2021 be lost years for integration of immigrants who have recently arrived in the Nordics? Will the consequences of the corona pandemic turn everything on its head?

Internship crucial for learning language and culture

Internship crucial for learning language and culture

(Nov 11, 2020) Rafet Adem Daban (24) arrived in Norway a couple of years ago after fleeing Turkey. He believes an introduction programme has been of great help and is very happy to have had the chance to get an internship in a newspaper.

 Norwegian pilot project: get work-ready in the workplace

Norwegian pilot project: get work-ready in the workplace

(Mar 04, 2020) Nordic employment authorities usually use one of two approaches when trying to help people far removed from the labour market. The traditional one is to make the job seeker “job ready” before starting work. The other is to train people for the labour market in an actual workplace.

A Monday in the service of the Nordics

A Monday in the service of the Nordics

(Jan 20, 2020) Paula Lehtomäki heads the secretariat for the Nordic governments’ official body of cooperation. Yet she has no lifeguards, she cycles to work and gets on the train to open a conference.

A gender change in the cleaning profession

A gender change in the cleaning profession

(Nov 27, 2019) Cleaning is about to become a male-dominated occupation. It used to be nearly exclusively women who worked the mop. Now men, especially those with an immigrant background, are taking over according to a report from the Oslo Institute for Social Research.

A more precise view on inclusion

(May 26, 2019) It is hard to generalise about labour market inclusion. Everyone who fails to join or who drops out have their own story. But we are getting more detailed comparisons between the different Nordic countries.

“It is our environments which make us handicapped”

“It is our environments which make us handicapped”

(May 26, 2019) Kristine Ronæss Årdal has cerebral palsy, and certain environments make integration difficult. In her experience, positive attitudes combined with physical facilitation is often easier to achieve than many think.

Inclusion on a labour market with ever increasing demands

(May 26, 2019) Inclusion is something which all the Nordic countries treasure. Yet while they agree on the goal, they often use different measures and have different ideas for how the labour market should work. How, for instance, does an education system using a lot of workplace training impact on those who do not finish their education? Does strong employment protection help youths?

Torstein Lerhol is responsible for 700 staff. Now he wants to become mayor.

Torstein Lerhol is responsible for 700 staff. Now he wants to become mayor.

(May 26, 2019) Torstein Lerhol can only move one finger, but feels he can contribute to society just like anybody else thanks to the support he gets from his home municipality of Vang in Oppland, Norway. He wants to give something back. That is why he will run for mayor this autumn.

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