The Nordic Welfare Centreis an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its mission is to enhance social policy work in the Nordic countries through education, public information, research and development, networking and international co-operation. The institution has now published its first issue of a research magazine "Nordisk välfärdsforskning".
The magazine site is in Norwegian but following English articles can be downloaded:
- The Norwegian policy to reduce health inequalities: key challenges
- ‘All’s well in Iceland?’ Austerity measures, labour market initiatives, and health and well-being of children
- Health inequalities – a challenge for the social investment welfare state
- Reducing health inequalities in Finland: progressing or regressing?
Please visit the website to download the articles.
The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research supports joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries. In its meeting on June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 higher education projects.
Among the 14 funded projects there are several Northern Dimension Institute network members - congratulations!
Please see the full list of funded projects from Programme website.
The HuSArctic project (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland) calls for papers for an international conference with a focus on the Barents region and its environment, sustainability and development, organized in March 25-28, 2017 in Enontekiö, Finland and Kautokeino, Norway. Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2016.
For further information, please visit the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland website.
In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.
The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.
In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.
For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.
Bennike, Kathrine Bjerg
Faber, Stine Thidemann
Nielsen, Helene Pristed
During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.
To read the report, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.
In these times of tension between Russia and Western Europe there is a real success story: the Northern Dimension cooperation. It is an equal Partnership between Russia, European Union, Norway and Iceland, concentrating on projects of common interest in four fields: environment, health, transport and logistics, and culture. For each field there is a Partnership with own specific structures. On the political level, the Foreign Ministers´ biannual meetings are the top decision making body for the Northern Dimension. The Ministerial meeting held two years ago under the chairmanship of Lady Ashton was attended by 14 Foreign Ministers.
Finland's Prime Minister’s Office has published an independent expert group report Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?
Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. The report defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North.
The report is written by Anne Husebekk, Rector, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Magdalena Andersson, Governor, Västerbotten County, Sweden and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland.
NDI coordinator St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) organized a conference "Integration potential of Logistics in the global economy" on 25 September 2014. The Conference brought together researchers, business and policy makers to discuss issues ranging from logistics corridor developments to the need of integrated solutions to increase the efficiency of logistics in Russia. The impacts of the current trade restrictions on supply chains were in focus.
Norwegian-Russian cooperation – The path behind us and the path ahead
The Research Council of Norway arranges a Norwegian-Russian conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.
The conference will be held on 19.-20. Nov. 2014 in Oslo, Norway.
For more information and registration please see the Research Council of Norway website.
Situation analysis of existing occupational health service systems in NDPHS countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Russia and Germany (2012)
Jankauskas, R., Eičinaitė-Lingienė, R., Kartunavičiūtė, J.
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
The aim of the survey was to analyse the practical set-up of Occupational Health Services (OHS), describing their structures, conten and professionals engaged, in selected NDPHS countries.
Common Border Crossings Points Management between Schengen Area and Russia / Belarus (2011)
Lot 1: Studies and Technical assistance in all sectors
The Study Report fulfils the requirements of the Terms of Reference (TOR) to provide a description and in depth analysis of current border control practices at Border Crossing Points (BCPs) between the Schengen Area (EU Member States and Norway) and both Russia and Belarus (as members of the Customs Union – CU – with Kazakhstan).
Joint Barents Transport Plan report (2013)
Proposals for development of transport corridors for further studies
The Barents Euro-Arctic Region
Economic and social development in the Barents Region requires better transport connections, and the aim for the work has been a joint approach to look at the future need for transport in the Barents Region.
Trilateral cooperation on Environmental Challenges in the Joint Border Area
Lead partner: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Lapland (ELYLAP), Finland
The goal of the Trilateral cooperation on Environmental Challenges in the Joint Border Area (TEC) project is to produce information on environmental impacts of airborne emissions, regulation of waterways and climate change in the Finnish-Norwegian-Russian border region.
A School for All - Development of Inclusive Education
Lead Partner: University of Lapland, Finland
The project aims at promoting educational opportunities of persons considered as vulnerable by increasing their access to and participation in society in the North Calotte and North-West Russia.
Food and health security in the Norwegian, Finnish and Russian border region: linking local industries, communities and social-economic impacts
Lead Partner: NILU (Norvegian Institute for Air Research)
The objective of the project is to assess the impact of industrial pollution on food safety and human health in the populated Norwegian, Finnish, and Russian border region. The project will also get insight into people’s risk perception due to pollution of their local environment through interviews and questionnaires.
Barents Protected Area Network (BPAN)
Lead Partner: Environment Institute SYKE, Finland
The major goal of the BPAN is to establish representative, well managed and effective network of protected areas with a high degree of probability to maintain balance in vulnarable biodiversity of the Region.
Pasvik Water Quality Report Environmental Monitoring Programme in the Norwegian, Finnish and Russian Border Area (2011)
Puro-Tahvanainen, Annukka; Zueva, Marina; Kashulin, Nikolay; Sandimirov, Sergey; Christensen, Guttorm N.; Grekelä, Ilona
Centre for Ecenomic Deevelopment, Transport and the Environment for Lapland, Finland
Environmental Monitoring Programme on Norway's, Finland's and Russia's border areas.