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


part II|106 pages

Organization and management in a working life perspective

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?

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Bargaining for continuing education

A Norwegian case of ‘lifelong learning unionism’

chapter Chapter 10|22 pages

Tackling increasing marginalization

Can support-side approaches contribute to work inclusion?

part IV|66 pages

Nordic approaches to New Public Management

chapter Chapter 11|22 pages

Nordic New Public Management

The case of Denmark

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Welfare professionals in transformation

The case of elderly care

chapter Chapter 13|23 pages

Welfare professionals in transformation

The case of police officers in Norway

part V|81 pages

Terms of employment