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Our history

Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) was previously called the Nordic Institute for Gender Knowledge and before that the Nordic Institute for Gender and Gender Research. The institute was founded in 1995 and was a cross-Nordic knowledge centre for gender research and gender equality in the Nordic countries.


NIKK initiated, coordinated and carried out projects with the aim of highlighting important gender and gender policy issues.  This included research projects, investigations, overviews and reports.

NIKK was located at the University of Oslo and was funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.NIKK’s task was to function as a bridge between Nordic gender research and Nordic gender equality policy.NIKK’s activities were shaped by an active dialogue with the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM) and Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality.

In 2011, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to restructure NIKK from a Nordic institute into a Nordic co-operation body.In 2012, calls for tenders as a Nordic co-operation body were announced.The task was to further develop NIKK’s information task and to include the administration of a Nordic aid scheme for gender equality and to act as project secretariat.  The tender was won by the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, where NIKK has been located since 2012.

In 2020, NIKK’s task was expanded to ensure that its activities also contribute to Nordic co-operation for equal rights, treatment and opportunities for LGBTI people.