Free movement in the Nordics: A true story of jobs, commuting - and dark numbers

25.02.21 | Event
Bild av bro och rubriken Free movement in the Nordics
Join us for the launch of the Nordic Mobility Report, to dissect driving forces and obstacles for mobility in the Nordic Region.


01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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For the first time ever, cross-border statistics for all Nordic countries has been produced, shedding new light on mobility across borders in the Nordic countries.

How far are we from being the most integrated region in the world, one of the main goals of Nordic Cooperation? And how much do we know about the movements of people within the Nordic Region?

Correct statistics is a prerequisite for solid policy development, so join us in a discussion of statistics cooperation in the Nordics and a look at current mobility patterns.


Time: February 25, 13.00-15.00  


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13.00-13.20 Intro and keynote: Bertel Haarder, President of the Nordic Council


13.20-13.55:  The state of Nordic mobility               

  • 13.20-13.25 The Nordic Mobility project: Kaija Ruotsalainen, Statistics Finland
  • 13.25-13.40 Key results of the mobility report: Helge Næsheim and Anne Marie Hol-seter, Statistics Norway
  • 13.40-13.55 Reflections from the local level: Paula Mikkola, Nordkalottrådet and Elsie Hellström, Svinesundskomitéen


14.00 -14.30: Correct statistics - crucial for an integrated Nordic region

  • 14.00-14.15 The need for cross border statistics in Europe: Johan van der Valk, Project manager Crossborder Statistics, Statistics Netherlands.
  • 14.15-14.30 The need for cross border statistics in the Nordics -     Panel discussion with: Kimmo Sasi, Chair of the Nordic Freedom of Movement Council; Ulrika Geeraedts, Director of Regional Development, Region Skåne; Rolf Elmér, Director, Nordregio


14.30 -15.00: Opportunities, challenges and the way forward

  • 14.30-14.35: Legal status of microdata sharing in the Nordics? An overview by Anna-Sophie Liebst, Info Norden
  • 14.35-14.55 Future production of Nordic cross border statistics -     Panel discussion with: Pernille Stender, Chief Advisor, Statistics Denmark/Ørestat; Johan van der Valk, Statistics Netherlands; Jens Olin, Deputy Director, Director General’s office, Statistics Sweden
  • 14.55-15.00 Round off and next steps

Statistics from the report are now available for further examination and interpretation, with matrices on commuting, studying, migration and education attained freely available in the Nordic Statistics database.

The event is hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Statistics Finland; the project was initiated by the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.


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