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COVID-19 effects on the economy in the Nordics – Nordic Economic Policy Review 2022

The Nordic countries weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well compared to most other high-income countries, both in terms of public health and economic repercussions. Infection and excess mortality rates were comparatively low in the Nordic Region, except in Sweden, where they relied more on recommendations and guidelines than mandatory measures to contain the spread of the virus. The fall in GDP was also comparatively small and short-lived in all of the countries except Iceland, where tourism plays a more prominent role in the economy. This issue of the Nordic Economic Policy Review surveys the economic repercussions of the pandemic and the health and economic policies introduced to minimise its impact in the Nordic countries. Although national policies were broadly similar, they also differed in many respects. Given that some enjoyed greater success than others, comparing different policies and their effects may yield valuable lessons for the future. We welcome you to the launch of the 2022 issue of Nordic Economic Policy Review on 8 June at the Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki. Here you will hear three of the authors present their articles as well as an expert panel.  PROGRAMME 09.00 – 09.55 Coffee 10.00 – 10.05 Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Mr Aki Lindén 10.05 – 10.10 Harry Flam, professor emeritus and editor 10.10 – 10.25 Torben Andersen, University of Aarhus 10.25 – 10.40 Lars Hultkrantz, School of Business, Örebro University 10.40 – 10.55 Kristiina Huttunen, Aalto University School of Business Questions after each presentation 11.00 – 11.30 Panel: Joakim Sonnegård, Swedish Corona commission; Seppo Honkapohja, Aalto University School of Business; and Heli Koski, ETLA Moderator: Oskar Nordström Skans, professor and co-editor 11.30 – 12.00 Light lunch Where: Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki When: 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 EEST / 9.00 – 10.30 CEST The event will be live-streamed…

State of the Nordic Region 2022

Join the launch events on 23 March, the Nordic Day! Our report State of the Nordic Region 2022 has its point of departure in the Covid-19 pandemic and examines how it has affected demography, labour market and economy in the Nordic countries, cities, and regions. Nordregio and the Nordic Council of Ministers welcome you to join five launch events live or digitally as we tour the Nordics on 23 March – The Nordic Day. Researchers, politicians, experts, and more will join us throughout the day with interesting presentations and discussions: What can we learn from the crisis, and what’s needed now to create the most integrated and sustainable region in the world by 2030? The recordings from events are available here: From crisis to opportunity Closed borders and cross-border labour COVID-19 and the Nordic labour market The pandemic and digitalization Life and death in the Nordic Region Find more information about each event below: OSLO: From crisis to opportunity – Nordic co-operation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: What now? The COVID-19 crisis was a major challenge for Nordic cooperation. All the Nordic countries adopted an inward-looking, state-centric approach, rather than a collective and coordinated transnational response to the crisis. So where do we go from here? While the pandemic exposed some weaknesses and vulnerabilities in Nordic cooperation, it also serves as a reminder of its advantages. Speakers: Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norwegian Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Gustaf Norlén, editor and author, Nordregio, and Rasmus Jungersen Emborg, President of the Nordic Youth Council, Helge Orten, Nordic Council, Vice-Chair of the Norwegian delegation, and Hilde Sandvik (Moderator). When: 9:00–9:45 am (CET). Breakfast is served from 8.30 Where: Litteraturhuset, Oslo More information about the event STOCKHOLM: Closed borders and cross-border labour – How do they co-exist? 458,000 citizens – 1.7% of the Nordic…

Housing Policies in the Nordics – Nordic Economic Policy Review 2021

Join us on 5 May for the digital launch event of NEPR 2021. This issue of Nordic Economic Policy Review is devoted to Nordic housing markets and housing policies. Nordic housing markets face more or less the same problems and challenges, but the way policies and regulations deal with them differs in many respects. A comparison of policies, regulations and results across countries yields valuable lessons for policymakers. The work has been led and edited by Professor emeritus Harry Flam and Professor emeritus Peter Englund. Find the publication here Watch the recording Programme Welcome, Krista Mikkonen, Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Article presentations: Introduction, Professor Harry Flam Cost and productivity in housing construction, Mats Bergman, Södertörn University; and Sten Nyberg, Stockholm University, Sweden Social housing: affordability and integration, Essi Eerola, VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland Efficiency and equity: taxation of housing, Niku Määttänen, University of Helsinki, Finland Panellists: Kristina Háfoss, Secretary-General at the Nordic Council and former Minister of Finance, Faroe Islands, Curt Liliegreen, Project Director at the Knowledge Centre for Housing Economics/Realdania, Denmark, and Una Jónsdóttir, Economist at Landsbankinn, Iceland. Moderated by Senior Research Advisor Ryan Weber, Nordregio The event will take place on Zoom between 13.00 – 15.00 CEST, and you can register through the link below. REGISTER

Book launch: Green Visions: Greenspace Planning and Design for Nordic Cities

On the 26th of January, we launched the book Green Visions: Greenspace Planning and Design in Nordic Cities. Selected authors and acclaimed landscape architects from around the Nordic Region came together to critically discuss the role of planning and design of public greenspace, both for today and for the future of Nordic sustainable cities. The launch was recorded and is available through the link below. Watch the launch Nordic cities are renowned for promoting accessibility to greenspace, both in terms of preserving natural landscapes as well as establishing green public space within highly developed areas. At the same time, multiple pressures threaten our access to urban green and recreative spaces. Increasing liberal planning approaches are further commodifying land, and even lasting good practices are under development pressure. Ethnic and economic segregation has also led to significant intra-urban spatial disparities in terms of access to high-quality green and recreation space. Green Visions explores and evaluates the historical pathways, contemporary development, and future outlook for planning, design, and policy-making of green and recreational cities in the Nordic Region. Landscape architects, planners, policymakers, and active citizens will learn from practitioners who share decades of knowledge regarding the aesthetics, functionality, and significance of urban greenspaces throughout Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Readers within the Nordic Region and abroad will find an in-depth exploration of urban greenspace that will inspire and incite curiosity over the future of urban greenspaces. As cities navigate contemporary urban challenges and prepare for uncertain futures with regards to climate change, urban densification, and social inequities, the insights from the book act as review and vision for sustainable urban planning and design. The book is published by renown publisher Arvinus + Orfeus. Programme: Presentations by Karsten Jørgensen, Thorbjörn Andersson, Stig L. Andersson and Ranja Hautamäki. Panel discussion with Monica von…

21 October: Health & Well-being in the Nordic Region

Health & Well-being in the Nordic Region: The potential of digital solutions Discover the presentations from the event: Special Issue on Health, Well-being and Digitalisation – main results Anna Lundgren and Linda Randall, researchers, Nordregio VOPD – main results, including highlights from the case studies and the accessibility study Anna Lundgren, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio         Louise Ormstrup Vestergård, researcher, Nordregio Shinan Wang, Cartographer/GIS specialist, Nordregio Are the Nordic people equally healthy and happy? How are digital solutions improving health and well-being? And how can digital solutions in health care and social care contribute to regional development? Join the webinar launch 21 October of two Nordic reports analyzing and discussing health and well-being, and how the quality and accessibility to health care and social care services can be improved by using digital solutions – now and in the future. Henrik Moberg (SV), Ministry of Social Affairs, Sweden together with Nordregio’s researchers, national and regional experts in the field of health care and digitalization, Sari Palojoki, Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (FI), Peter Berggren, area manager for local healthcare in Southern Lapland (SV) and Anne Kristin Kleiven, development director from the region Sogn og Fjordane (NO) will share their insights and you are welcome to participate in the discussion. SIGN UP: https://www.lyyti.in/WellbeingLaunch Although the results of these studies show that the Nordic countries are performing well on many indicators related to health and wellbeing in an international comparison, there are persistent gaps between regions, socio-economic groups and gender. Digitalisation has the potential to overcome some of these gaps by improving accessibility to welfare services and thus wellbeing. Increasing access to fast Internet broadband and to bridge digital divides, are important issues for Nordic governments to address. Otherwise, we run a risk of cementing persisting inequalities in the Nordic countries. The two reports, State of the Nordic Region 2020…

Financial Regulation and Microeconomic Stability in the Nordics

Launch of the Nordic Economic Policy Review 2020 The next issue examines how robust the financial sector in the Nordics is today. How well designed are the financial regulations that have been imposed after the global financial crisis in 2008–09 and the subsequent euro crisis? Will the new bail-in rules work in a systemic crisis, or do we risk further costly bail-outs by governments? How does monetary policy influence household debt? Have macroprudential tools been well-calibrated? Answers to these questions are crucial for judging the risks that the current corona crisis might also trigger a new financial crisis. The new issue will be presented at a webinar on the 16th of June at 10.30 (CEST). Please register no later than 16.00 (CEST) on the 15th in order to receive a link to the webinar. REGISTRATION: https://www.lyyti.in/nepr2020 10.30 Introduction by Lars Calmfors, Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm University and chief editor of the Nordic Economic Policy Review 10.40 How stable is the Nordic financial sector? Jesper Rangvid, Copenhagen Business School 10.55 Bail-in: EU rules and their applicability in the Nordic context. Vesa Vihriälä, University of Helsinki 11.10 Monetary policy and household debt. Gisle James Natvik, Norwegian Business School 11.25-12.15 Panel discussion: Will the corona crisis also trigger a financial crisis? Karolina Ekholm (professor of economics, Stockholm University), Lars Heikensten (CEO, the Nobel Foundation), Kerstin Hessius (CEO, Third Swedish National Pension Fund) and Jesper Rangvid (professor of finance, Copenhagen Business School). Moderator: Peter Englund (professor emeritus, Stockholm School of Economics and Uppsala University).

Integrating immigrants into the Nordic labour markets – Launch event for Nordic Council of Ministers report

Migration to the Nordic region increased strongly during the refugee crisis in 2015. On a per-capita basis, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have taken in more asylum seekers than most other European countries. In the coming years, these refugees and subsequent newcomers have to be integrated into the Nordic labour markets, if asylum is granted. This will be an extremely challenging process. All Nordic countries are characterised by significant employment gaps between natives and foreign born, with particularly large gaps existing in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Refugees in particular are more dependent on welfare support and less likely to be employed than natives. In recent years, an increasing number of studies have analysed measures to promote employment among migrants. Nonetheless, a systematic review of how different policies influence employment rates of refugees and other migrant groups in the Nordic countries has not been available previously. A new report produced by Nordregio for the Nordic Council of Ministers now gives an overview of existing measures to integrate immigrants into the Nordic labour market including policy recommendations and outlines of best practice. The report will be presented at a launch event at the Ministry of Finance in Oslo on 29 May. Venue: Ministry of Finance, Auditorium R5, Akersgata 59, 0032 Oslo (Norway) The event is free of charge but registration is mandatory. WATCH LIVE   DOWNLOAD THE REPORT DOWNLOAD POLICY BRIEFS   PROGRAMME 29 MAY 8:30 – 9:00    Arrival and Coffee 9:00 – 9:10    Welcome, Siv Jensen (Minister of Finance, Norway) 9:10 – 9:20    Immigration and integration in the Nordic Region – recent trends, Nora Sánchez Gassen (Nordregio) 9:20 – 9:35    Integrating immigrants into the Nordic labour markets – summary of the project, Lars Calmfors  (Stockholm University and Research Institute of Industrial Economics) 9:35 – 10:30  Presentations of chapters from the report Education efforts and…

Book launch “Maritime Spatial Planning – Past, Present and Future”

Countries across the globe are designing and implementing spatial plans in the sea at high speed. The book “Maritime Spatial Planning – Past, Present and Future” is the first comprehensive overview of maritime spatial planning (MSP). Among other authors, Nordregio researchers are sharing insights on public participation in MSP. The authors of the volume have managed to weave together different interdisciplinary strands of research, such as geography, urban planning, political science, natural science, sociology and education. Emerging from experiences in this changing and challenging endeavour, the authors have identified some key questions: How can maritime spatial planning deal with a complex and dynamic environment such as the sea? How can MSP be embedded in multiple levels of governance across regional and national borders – and how far does the environment benefit from this new approach? How involve those affected – even across borders if the institutional systems are still under development? Besides analysis and discussion, also possible solutions are explored. The book “Maritime Spatial Planning – Past, Present and Future” is co-edited by Jacek Zaucha (Maritime Institute in Gdansk) and Kira Gee (HZG Geesthacht). Nordregio Senior Researchers Andrea Morf and Michael Kull together with Kira Gee (HZG Geesthacht) and Joanna Piwowarczyk (Maritime Institute in Gdansk) have contributed to one of the chapters “Towards a Ladder of Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning Participation” that is based on the need to assess and compare participation processes across cases and countries and foster learning to develop public participation in MSP. The chapter shares theoretical reflections and results derived from the BaltSpace and the Baltic SCOPE projects. It presents an analytical framework to characterise participation in MSP, including a participation ladder emphasising power sharing, roles, functions and learning. This innovative and in many ways pioneering volume should be relevant for both students and scholars of MSP,…

Launch of Nordic Economic Policy Review 2019: Climate Policies in the Nordics

The 2019 edition of the Nordic Economic Policy Review will be launched on 14 May, 2019, in Copenhagen. This year’s edition, titled “Climate Policies in the Nordics”, looks into the into climate change from a Nordic perspective. Are we doing enough? Can small countries like the Nordic ones affect global climate policy? The publication consists of five articles signed by experts from Norway, Denmark and Sweden, and three of them will be presented during the launch, followed by a panel discussion with Ida Auken (DK), Karolina Skog (SE) and Peter Birch Sørensen (DK). The review is edited by professor emeritus Lars Calmfors and professor John Hassler with contributions from among others Peter Birch Sørensen and Katinka Holtsmark. The launch is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Download the publication here   PROGRAMME 9.00 Welcome 9.10 Introduction by Lars Calmfors, Research Institute of Industrial Economics and Stockholm University 9.20 Presentation by Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Stockholm University: International Climate Policy in the Post-Paris Era 9.40 Presentation by Mads Greaker, OsloMet and Statistics Norway: Global Impact of National Climate Policy in the Nordic Countries 10.00 Presentation by Katinka Holtsmark, University of Oslo: Supply-Side Climate Policy in Norway 10.30 Panel with Ida Auken, Karolina Skog and Peter Birch Sørensen The launch will be moderated by professor John Hassler, Stockholm University and University of Gothenburg

Launch of State of the Nordic Region 2018

On February 8, the new edition of State of the Nordic Region will be launched in Stockholm by Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister and Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nordregio has been publishing State of the Nordic Region and its predecessors since the 1980s. The latest edition is by far the most ambitious, giving a comprehensive overview of key socioeconomic areas in the Nordic Region. It is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers with Nordregio as the main editor and will thus reach a much wider audience than previous editions. By mapping and documenting information about the state of the Nordic region(s), Nordregio empowers local, regional and national authorities in the Nordic countries to make informed decisions. Solid documentation of development trends is a necessary starting point for developing good policy. At the same time, the State of the Nordic Region 2018 is also a treasure trove of information for the Nordic population at large, as well as a must read for international actors who want to learn about the Nordics and maybe even get inspired by the Nordic model, however differently it may be played out in the various regions and areas. The publication is centred around a number of custom made maps and other visual presentations, highlighting one of the specialties of Nordregio and making the most of our Geographical Information Services (GIS) expertise. The launch will take place in Stockholm on February 8, followed by a roll-out in all the other Nordic countries as well as events in the Baltics and possibly also Brussels and elsewhere.