The Nordic countries have the world's best working life. Unlike in many other countries, global competition has not created inequality, uncertainty, long working hours, standardization and restrictive managerial control. The main reason for this lies in the way interests are expressed and conflicts are resolved. Both employees and employers are well organized and both recognize the interests of the other. Working life develops in a constant interaction between conflict and compromise.

This book examines working conditions in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. It explores how these good working conditions are created and maintained. The chapters explain:

  • How work organization is formed
  • How education, training and work place learning give access to the labour market
  • How work is managed in the public sector
  • How precarious work unfolds in the Nordic countries.

Work and Wellbeing in the Nordic Countries is addressed to all those who have interest in the quality of working life. It will be of particular use to all students, academics and policy makers working in the fields of social policy, wellbeing, management studies, employment relations, work sociology and work psychology.

chapter |6 pages


ByHelge Hvid, Eivind Falkum

part Part I|40 pages

An overview

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Nordic working life, shaped through conflicts and compromises

ByHelge Hvid, Eivind Falkum, Arild Henrik Steen

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

The peculiar history of Nordic working life

ByEivind Falkum, Helge Hvid, Per Bonde Hansen

part Part II|106 pages

Organization and management in a working life perspective

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

Democracy at work

ByHeidi Enehaug, Eivind Falkum, Helge Hvid

chapter Chapter 4|25 pages

Workplace democracy under pressure

ByEivind Falkum, Ida Drange, Heidi Enehaug, Bitten Nordrik

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

International management concepts meeting Nordic working life

ByPeter Hagedorn-Rasmussen, Pål Klethagen

chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

Working environment regulation in Norway and Denmark

ByJan Erik Karlsen, Klaus T. Nielsen, Robert H. Salomon

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

New working time and new temporalities

The erosion of influence and rhythms in work
ByHenrik Lambrecht Lund

part Part III|63 pages

Learning, inclusion and equality

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

Young people’s access to working life in three Nordic countries

What is the role of vocational education and training?
ByChristian Helms Jørgensen

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Bargaining for continuing education

A Norwegian case of ‘lifelong learning unionism’
ByAnders Underthun, Ida Drange

chapter Chapter 10|22 pages

Tackling increasing marginalization

Can support-side approaches contribute to work inclusion?
ByKjetil Frøyland, Angelika Schafft, Øystein Spjelkavik

part Part IV|66 pages

Nordic approaches to New Public Management

chapter Chapter 11|22 pages

Nordic New Public Management

The case of Denmark
ByAnnette Kamp, Agnete Meldgaard Hansen

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Welfare professionals in transformation

The case of elderly care
ByAgnete Meldgaard Hansen, Annette Kamp

chapter Chapter 13|23 pages

Welfare professionals in transformation

The case of police officers in Norway
ByChristin Thea Wathne

part Part V|81 pages

Terms of employment

chapter Chapter 14|17 pages

Precarity in Nordic working life?

ByMari Holm Ingelsrud, Niels Warring, Janne Gleerup, Per Bonde Hansen, Anders Jakobsen, Anders Underthun, Søren Salling Weber

chapter Chapter 15|18 pages

Experiences of precarious work among graduates in the Danish labour market

ByJanne Gleerup, Anders Jakobsen, Niels Warring

chapter Chapter 16|19 pages

The formation and destabilization of the standard employment relationship in Norway

The contested politics and regulation of temporary work agencies
ByPer Bonde Hansen, Anders Underthun

chapter Chapter 17|20 pages

Working life on Nordic labour platforms

BySøren Salling Weber

chapter |5 pages


The end of the story?
ByHelge Hvid, Eivind Falkum