Making the Nordic welfare model visible

People are the central focus during the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. The theme will also be dealt with by a joint project of three ministries. The three-year project seeks innovative solutions and operating models for preserving social well-being and equality amidst the challenges created by the ageing of the population and changes in the economy and working life.

The Presidency project "An Open and Innovative Nordic Region with Healthy People 2020 – Equal Opportunities for Welfare, Culture, Education and Work" will be carried out from 2016 to 2018 in cooperation between the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Stronger Nordic cooperation on welfare policy

The project aims to form a shared political-level view of the prerequisites for the future preservation of the added value that expert co-operation offers to the Nordic countries. The Nordic welfare policy cooperation and information sharing will also be strengthened. The project's themes are well-being, diversity, equality, gender equality and culturally sustainable development. A special key priority area is children and young people.

The project will use expertise from Nordic expert institutions: the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social issues (NVC), Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) and the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA). Their expertise will be combined with the competence of other Nordic actors, such as Nordforsk.

The total budget of this priority project during 2016–2018 amounts to EUR 900 000. The Nordic Council of Ministers is responsible for financing the project.

Further information

Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä, Senior Planning Officer, National Institute for Health and Welfare, tel. 029 524 6879

Further information