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The well-being of young LGBTI people 

During the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2020, a Nordic project highlighting the well-being of young LGBTI people was initiated. The aim of the project was to spread knowledge and share experience within the region to help improve living conditions for young LGBTI people in the region. 

NIKK was commissioned to carry out the project and produce a report in two parts: a research overview describing current knowledge about the well-being of young LGBTI people in the Nordic countries; and a survey presenting a selection of initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of young LGBTI people in the Nordic countries. 

The report provides uniquely Nordic perspectives and shows that having a sexuality or gender identity that does not fit the norm appears to have major consequences for mental health. In particular, transpersons report higher levels of mental health problems. The report also highlights the results of studies focusing on school, the workplace, growing up in rural areas, the importance of geography, and social contexts where religion and conservative norms are strong factors.  

The report was launched in connection with a Nordic event during World Pride in Copenhagen in August 2021, at which five Nordic ministers participated. The results have since been presented on numerous occasions and the report has also been highlighted in the national media and referred to in national studies.

A short version of the report has been translated into all Nordic languages, which has helped to increase its spread and the utilisation of its results.

Project timespan

Commissioned by
Nordic Council of Ministers

Elin Engström

Project budget
400 000 DKK