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  • Påmelding til Fafokonferansen 2019 er åpnet

    March 14

    National borders are less important and interaction between countries is a rule rather than an exception. The Fafo conference 2019- which also marks the 15th anniversary of the EU's eastward expansion, will focus on contemporary concerns about climate change, lack of integration, greater inequalities, pressure on wage and working conditions and the welfare state's sustainability.

    The conference will be in Norwegian

Frequent board meetings - more influence for the employees

March 19

Many Norwegian and Danish employees have a right to be part of the decision processes concerning their workplace, including having at least one seat on the board. Few of these representatives report having an actual influence on decisions, according to an article by Inger Marie Hagen and Caspar Rose (Copenhagen Business School). Gender, member size of the board and the representatives’ experience do not statistically alter this. On the other hand, a high frequencies of board meetings correlates with the employees having a stronger voice.

Feeding the world

March 12

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad are working on an update of the policy concerning sustainable food systems. Fafo is tasked with offering a fresh look at the underlying factual and conceptual terms, the global status quo as well as serving policy advice when it comes to the subject of nutrition in Norway’s development work abroad.

The evolving of women's part time work

March 11

When married women started partaking in the job market during the 70’s, part time work was a mainstream adaptive choice. Since then both the understanding and the rhetoric of part time work have changed.  Today it is commonly viewed as a barrier to full gender equality. This evolvement of ideas, studied in the light of cultural and institutional changes, is the main topic in an article written by Anne Lise Ellingsæter og Ragnhild Steen Jensen.

The political aftermath of the pension reform

March 8

In this brief, the authors describe the most important changes and conflicts concerning the Norwegian pension system. This is used as a platform for a discussion on which challenges the system will be struggling with now and in the near future. Originally, the brief was written for the trade union El og IT Forbundet as a roadmap for its debate on pension policy.

No limits for transportation: Seminar 7th of March

March 7

Transport of goods across the borders in the EU/ECC area is a heated topic, also in Norway. The reason for this is not only the problems concerning foreign trucks which is not adapted to driving on slippery winter roads, but also because of the pressure that is being laid on salaries and working conditions. This seminar presented findings amongst Bulgarian and Rumanian drivers in Norway as well as the ongoing discussions on EU policy.

Weakened voices at work - weakened democracy

March 6

The rights of employees to have a dialogue with the employers and a voice concerning their workplaces is an important fundament of the Norwegian work model as well as our democratic culture. Two Fafo researchers find a considerable lack of actual use of these legal rights to participate, casting the model's strength into doubt. The findings are presented in an international book about democracy (in English) and a news article on Arbeidslivet.no (in Norwegian).

Fafo’s new head of welfare research

March 5

From the 1st of March, Terje Olsen is heading Fafo’s research group which specialize itself in welfare and living conditions. Before this, he worked as a senior researcher at Nordlandsforskning in Bodø. Olsen has a master in social anthropology and a PhD in sociology from the university in Uppsala, Sweden.

From donation to helping

March 4

In this project, Fafo will evaluate implementation and results in three Church City Mission projects as they are conducted from 2019 to 2022. Key research questions in the project are: Which differences do the implemented services make for their target group, how should services be implemented for best results and which conditions are necessary for project continuation and best practice transfer to similar projects?

Happy birthday, dear home!

March 3


The building which has been Fafo's "home" since 1992 recently turned 150 years. To celebrate this occasion, we have written an article about the history of the building, how its stories reflect the history of Grønland and Oslo – and vice versa.

Unfortunately the article is in Norwegian only – a translation of this rather long read would take another 150 years.

Still want to read or just look at the many photos? Change site language to Norwegian and then go to the article.

How might the trend of “flexible work” demand changes in Nordic laws and regulation?

March 1

The Nordic Council of Ministers has put Fafo in charge of coordinating the Nordic research project “The future of work: Opportunities and challenges for the Nordic models”. The topics involved are distributed in so-called pillars. As part of pillar VI, this brief report serves as a judicial introduction to how changes in how we organize our work might influence laws and regulations in the future.



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