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In focus 2018

Youths, work and inclusion

When young people are given the chance to create and master, results can be surprisingly good. The young entrepreneurs in No Isolation and Blueye Robotics have come up with innovative solutions to challenges like social isolation and polluted oceans. We are facing a golden opportunity: The global economy is improving, unemployment is falling, we know more than ever about what is needed for young people to become part of working life and society as a whole.

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New measures in the fight for gender equality in the Nordics

The 2018 gender equality barometer indicates a more equal division of power between the sexes in the Nordic region. Only Finland is lagging behind. #metoo shows more needs to be done in the fight for more gender equality. The Nordic region is getting to grips with basic and structural changes in order to improve the gender balance in the workplace and in society as a whole.

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Diversity in the labour market – focus on newly arrived women

Nordic countries are world leaders when it comes to female employment rates. Yet unemployment remains high among newly arrived women. In this month’s theme we take a closer look at who the women are, the cause of the problems and what authorities and voluntary organisations can do to get more women into work.

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The future of work

We need better systems to handle the challenges, said Swedish Minister of Labour Ylva Johansson at the recent conference on the Future of Work in Stockholm. 14 percent of jobs in OECD countries are at high risk of becoming automated, while a further 32 percent of jobs will change radically.

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Theme: Focus on conflict mediation

Politicians, trade union leaders and employers share one thing: Conflict solving forms a large part of their jobs. A society needs to balance work and capital, rules and freedoms, in order to achieve welfare. Tripartite negotiations are central to the Nordic model, says sociologist Mika Helander (above), while Vesa Vihriälä, Managing Director for the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy Etla believes the opposite to be true. NLJ looks at the debate in all of the Nordic countries.

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