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Articles on employment in chronological order.

Sweden's Södertälje: a public-private solution to immigrant challenges

Sweden's Södertälje: a public-private solution to immigrant challenges

Södertälje in Sweden has more than 40 percent immigrants of foreign heritage. For some years the municipality received more refugees from war-ravaged Iraq than the USA and Canada combined, so it's had its share of challenges when it comes to jobs, accommodation and traditional solutions. The result: extensive co-operation between municipality and businesses, with input from trade unions.

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Denmark's massive bid for youth employment and education

Denmark's massive bid for youth employment and education

Fighting youth unemployment is a top priority in Denmark. A range of new measures are in place to get more young people into education.

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Youth unemployment: Iceland fights on many fronts

Youth unemployment: Iceland fights on many fronts

Unemployment used to be a relatively unknown phenomenon in Iceland. But it skyrocketed with the 2008 financial collapse.

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Iceland's 0utdated benefit system

The Icelandic Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, used her National Day speech to point out that most households were still struggling with the fallout of the 2008 economic collapse.

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Italy's young hope to work before they're old

Italy's young hope to work before they're old

The path from higher education to a steady job is particularly painful in Italy. Many quit their studies or end up in long-term unemployment at the end of their studies. Teacher Francesca Seguela is happy to have a few hours of summer work after spending months unemployed.

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OECD: Urgent measures needed to fight youth unemployment

OECD: Urgent measures needed to fight youth unemployment

Youth unemployment is rising dramatically and the trend is set to continue in 2011 according to the OECD. At the G20 meeting of labour ministers Stefano Scarpetta encouraged governments to act immediately. The first thing to do, he said, is to make sure youths have something to live off while they're unemployed.

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The hidden costs of youth unemployment

Youth unemployment creates scars which follow people for the rest of their lives. One of the hidden costs of being unemployed when you're young is that decades later you take home less money than those who weren't unemployed when they were young. There is also the higher risk of becoming unemployed again, and many unemployed youths become marginalised with no links to work or school.

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Red cabinet member - impatient in the long run

Red cabinet member - impatient in the long run

Audun Lysbakken swears that it is he - and not the media - who will set the agenda for his ministry's work. That means working on long-term, preventative measures to avoid people becoming social outsiders - results of which will not show up on statistics for another 10 to 15 years.

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Joint Nordic drive for more foreign labour

Nordic cooperation could help market the region as an attractive labour market for highly educated third-country nationals.

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Finland's welfare system appeals to Indian IT engineers

Finland's welfare system appeals to Indian IT engineers

Indian IT engineers Naveen Kumar Korupolu (32) and Basa Ravikiran (33) arrived in Helsinki from Hyderabad with their families five years ago. They have successfully fought off both long, dark winters and cultural differences. Finns are nice and life feels safe.

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Finns want to work longer

The debate on retirement age has been intense in Finland in recent years, and now it is really starting to take off. New research shows more and more Finns are prepared to work after the age of 63. Meanwhile the government is trying through normative means to get people to stay in work until they are at least 65.

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New skills for new jobs - the Nordic way

New skills for new jobs - the Nordic way

Even though unemployment is still high in the Nordic region, new careers are also emerging. The Nordic Labour Journal takes a closer look at a few completely new jobs: meet the Office Nomad, the DNA-interpreter and some Living Statues.

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An open EU labour market needs common occupational classifications

An open EU labour market needs common occupational classifications

Sweden has been leading an ambitious EU project to translate more than 5,000 job titles and related terms into 22 languages. The project also describes the qualifications needed to get these jobs. This common 'encyclopedia' for working life aims to improve cross-border labour market mobility.

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A day in the life of the office nomad

A day in the life of the office nomad

Janne Saarikko (40) has changed jobs again - or rather his place of work. He's now at Arc Technology, an IT business in Helsinki. He moved here with two blue IKEA boxes; one containing a computer and some papers, the other with his espresso machine, cups and saucers plus coffee beans.

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The future's bright for DNA mappers

The future's bright for DNA mappers

Daniel Zakrisson was always interested in genetics. Not surprising, perhaps - he's an identical twin. He and his brother have taken part in twin studies since they were children. Now he runs a company offering to map your DNA.

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It took 121 years to agree what psychologists really do

It took 121 years to agree what psychologists really do

When Sigmund Freud treated his first patient in 1889 little did he know that 121 years later there would be 77,250 psychiatrists and 250,000 psychologists in Europe. That is also how long it has taken to agree on a common European standard of qualifications.

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The life and death of a profession

The life and death of a profession

How does a new occupation emerge? It's a simple question which is hard to answer. Why can't existing occupations cover the needs created by new technology and changes in consumer habits?

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Inger Støjberg - fighting unemployment with cross-party cooperation

Inger Støjberg - fighting unemployment with cross-party cooperation

Just as the economic crisis hit Denmark in April 2009, Inger Støjberg took up her position as Minister of Employment and Gender Equality. She was already known as a vocal spokeswoman for the Danish Liberal Party. Now she is the promoter of broad agreements with the opposition.

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Joint fight against long-term unemployment

Joint fight against long-term unemployment

Getting the long-term unemployed back into work is hard. You need focus, determination, the will to try new things and good cooperation between companies, job centres and education, says Denmark's Minister of Labour Inger Støjberg. She is gathering inspiration for a new initiative against long-term unemployment.

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Focus on ill health means less absence

Focus on ill health means less absence

If you at an early stage enter a dialogue with workers who are ill, you reduce the level of sick leave. That's the experience in the Høje-Taastrup municipality west of Copenhagen.

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