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Young people, vulnerabilities and prostitution/sex for compensation in the Nordic countries


Young people with experience of prostitution are a group that for several reasons is difficult to reach, both for research and social work. In NIKK’s project “Young women and men, vulnerabilities and prostitution”, knowledge about young people with experiences of prostitution is mapped and analyzed in all Nordic countries. The report Young people, vulnerabilities and prostitution / Sex for compensation in the Nordic countries was developed within the framework of the project.

Ending sexual harassment


Sexism, sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based harassment constitute obstacles to gender equality in the Nordic countries. Ending sexual harassment – a precondition for gender equality: Nordic initiatives in the aftermath of #MeToo highlights a sample of measures to combat sexual harassment, taken by the Nordic co-operation as well as on national level in the Nordic countries. The publication is produced by NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, and is based on material collected from representatives for the Nordic co-operation as well as from the countries.

Fact sheet: Parenthood, violence prevention and masculinity norms


In order to achieve gender equality, men need to get involved in the efforts and masculinity norms need to be challenged. The policy area of men and gender equality is given high priority in the Nordic countries, and a number of measures are implemented accordingly, focusing on everything from men’s violence to parenthood and a revision of the male gender role. This fact sheet demonstrates masculinity research, points to political initiatives made, and includes examples of Nordic collaborations within the field. The fact sheet is made by Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) at the request of the Nordic Council of Ministers, as part of Sweden’s presidency programme 2018.

Review: What does the law say about Me Too?


In all Nordic countries, employers are required to prevent and respond appropriately to sexual harassment in the workplace. Nevertheless, the problem remains widespread, as has become increasingly clear in connection with the #MeToo campaign. In this review, we identify the laws that apply in the Nordic countries.

Fact sheet: Parenthood, violence prevention and masculinity norms


In order to achieve gender equality, men need to get involved in the efforts and masculinity norms need to be challenged. The policy area of men and gender equality is given high priority in the Nordic countries, and a number of measures are implemented accordingly, focusing on everything from men’s violence to parenthood and a revision of the male gender role. This fact sheet demonstrates masculinity research, points to political initiatives made, and includes examples of Nordic collaborations within the field. The fact sheet is made by Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) at the request of the Nordic Council of Ministers, as part of Sweden’s presidency programme 2018.

Fact sheet: Who is working and when?


In the Nordic countries, part-time work is much more common among women than men. This affects both the gender equality in the labour market and the economic opportunities available to women and men. Within the framework of the project Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region, NIKK has with three research reports made a thorough review of part-time employment in the Nordic countries. This fact sheet, reviewing the causes and consequences of part-time work, summarises the reports. 

Fact sheet: Shared and paid parental leave


Both mothers and fathers are entitled to paid parental leave in the Nordic countries. In order to promote and facilitate gender equality at home and in the labour market, efforts have been made at the
political level to encourage parents to divide the leave time equally.

These efforts have yielded results: Nordic fathers take more parental leave than fathers anywhere else in the world.

Fact sheet: Flexible work arrangements


Flexible work arrangements enable parents to successfully combine work and family life. The Nordic countries have a strong tradition of collective bargaining, which has resulted in relatively good working conditions, flexible working hours and the right to paid vacation. Nordic companies offer more flexible working hours than anywhere else in Europe.

Fact sheet: Leadership and equal opportunities at work


Equal opportunities in the workplace have been high on the Nordic political agenda since the 1970s. Many initiatives have been launched to ensure women and men’s equal opportunities at work and for leadership at all levels. Today the Nordic region stands tall in international rankings on gender equality at work.

Fact sheet: Subsidised childcare for all

The introduction of quality, affordable childcare is a key reason so many women are in paid employment in the Nordic countries.


Subsidised childcare for all

A distinctive feature of Nordic childcare is that it is available to all children – regardless of family structure, finances and parents’ employment. Childcare in the Nordic region is provided by welltrained staff and characterised by highly professional care and learning Environments.