Can the Nordic Model prevent polarization? A question Nordenskolan tries to answer.

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The course Nordenskolan – The Nordic School – focuses on giving the participants knowledge about the Nordic Model and its three pillars; organized work, economic governance and public welfare. The question is also what challenges does the Nordic Model face and how can they be solved?

Young leaders from the member organisations of SAMAK, who has commissioned the course from ABF Norden, meet up over in total six days to listen to lectures and do a pan -nordic group assignment on the challenges of the Nordic Model. The fifth edition of Nordenskolan started in Stockholm in October 2019 and finished in late January 2020 in Copenhagen.

Some of the subjects for the assignments of this class of Nordenskolan were;

  • Part time employment in the Nordic countries and how we can increase the number of full-time jobs?
  • Polarization – causes and possible solutions
  • The status and strategy of political and union co-operation in the Nordic countries 

The chance to deepen the knowledge about the Nordic Model is of great importance to anyone who wants to affect society in any of  the Nordic countries in a positive way, or find solutions to the challenges the model faces.

The Nordenskolan participants also go on study visits to learn more from those who work in the everyday realities of political policy implementation in parliament or trade union federations and so on. A tradition is also to visit the SAMAK annual meeting where all the leaders of the Nordic Workers’ movement gather. In 2020 the meeting was held in Copenhagen at Marienborg, the residence of the danish prime minister, currently Mette Frederiksen (S).

There is another aspect to the course which also is of great importance. In Nordenskolan you meet, make friends and connect to a network of alumni students from all the Nordic countries.  They are active in several sectors and levels of the workers’ movement. Among the alumni of Nordenskolan many will be an active part of mapping out the future of the workers’ movement in the Nordic countries and the future of the Nordic Model.

And what about the question of polarization? The group who chose the subject did propose some solutions; create more jobs in challenged areas (“reversed urbanization”), equal access to public service and increased prosperity and action against climate change based on technologichal advancement – not just reducing or removing options for those with less financial resources.

Nordenskolan 2019/2020 was led by Lars Gaardhoj and Tor-Espen Stenerud from ABF Norden and applications for Nordenskolan 2020/2021 will be accepted in the spring.

Learn more about the Nordic Model in only six short minutes here!



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