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A poster from a 2010 demonstration against the Danish government's plan to pass a number of money-saving measures including reduce the period of unemployment compensation from four to two years. The law was subsequently passed. Photo: Musernes Samlinger (Arbejdermuseet).

2019.02.15 | Article, John Logue, Labour markets, Democracy

Labour markets in the Nordics

National labour markets in the Nordic countries reflect trade union and Social Democratic principles of full employment and solidarity, while conforming to the conditions of capitalist market economies. They combine high levels of labour force participation with excellent systems of unemployment compensation. Throughout the region there is now a…

The cover of 'Racialization, Racism and Anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries', a recent book edited by Peter Hervik.

2019.02.11 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Culture

Racism in the Nordic countries

Despite the fact that the Nordic countries were champions of racial equality in apartheid South Africa, and have always been quick to condemn racist transgressions elsewhere, racial prejudices are still practised among their own populations.

2019.02.11 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism in the Nordic countries

The term multiculturalism is treacherously ambiguous. Sometimes it refers to the mere fact of cultural diversity, but usually it means a degree of respect and political recognition of cultural difference within a polity, in other words a kind of ideological stance.

Photo by Iñaki del Olmo on Unsplash

2019.02.08 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Education, Culture

Social sciences and the Nordics

Because of the emphasis on social planning and the strong state prevalent in the Nordic region throughout the twentieth century, the social sciences have enjoyed a privileged position in the Nordics.

The European Council's poster for the The European Treaty of Regional or Minority Languages. Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark have all ratified it. Iceland has signed it but is yet to ratify it (as of February 2019).

2019.02.08 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Minorities, Multiculturalism

Minority languages in the Nordics

Linguistic minorities have existed for centuries, such as the Finns and Sami in Sweden. Since 1960s minority languages have often been associated with immigration. Since 2000 and even before, policies with regard to minority languages have ranged from assimilation on the one hand, where the majority language is a necessity, to multicultural…

Caption from The Foreign Workers' Journal (Fremmedarbejderbladet), a monthly newspaper aimed at foreign workers in Denmark in different languages from 1972. Copyright: Adjs [CC BY-SA 4.0], Wikimedia

2019.02.07 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Minorities, Multiculturalism

Ethnic minorities in the Nordic countries

A minority is a clearly distinguishable group or category of people who comprise less than half of a national population. Minorities in the Nordic region include the indigenous people the Sami, national minorities, such as Germans in Southern Denmark, immigrants from other Nordic and neighbouring countries as well as further afield, and other…

The Norwegian Fredrik Barth, the most influential contemporary Nordic anthropologist. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

2019.02.07 | Article, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Education, Culture

Anthropology and the Nordic countries

Anthropological studies contribute new knowledge on Nordic societies and simultaneously offer fresh perspectives on them.

Several women holding a banner reading "vores hjem" (our home) at a demonstration against the so called 'ghetto list', Copenhagen September 2018.

2019.01.16 | Article, Nicola Witcombe, Public policy, Multiculturalism

Compulsory childcare in socially marginalised areas in Denmark

In Denmark, according to a law passed in December 2018, parents who live in certain areas designated by the government (dubbed 'ghettos') have to send their children from the age of one to nursery as part of an effort to increase integration. The initiative illustrates several important aspects of a Nordic state-run nursery system and Nordic…

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