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22 September 2014

Nordic labour market models in open markets

NordMod 2030


Report by Søren Kaj Andersen (FAOS), Jon Erik Dølvik (Fafo) og Christian Lyhne Ibsen (FAOS)

This report reviews the main common traits and variations of the Nordic models of labour market regulation, how they were adjusted after the crises in the 1980-90s, and how recent labour market developments have faced the actors with new challenges.

The report focuses in particular on the Nordic collective bargaining systems, describing and analysing changes in these systems since the 1990s in a context of increased international competition, economic crisis management and the EU internal market for products, services and labour. It also identifies challenges and conditions for further development of the Nordic collective bargaining systems.

The report is part of the NordMod project - a Nordic research project analysing challenges and perspectives of the Nordic welfare states. The project is financed by the organisation SAMAK.

The English report is published by the European research institute, ETUI. The full report can be downloaded from ETUI's website

A Danish version of the report was published in March 2014 and can be downloaded from FAOS's website