The Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network (SNoW) was established in 2010 and received funding from NordForsk for the years 2011-2013, and from the Nordic Council of Ministers for the years 2013-2015. NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy. For the period 2013-2015, SNoW-activities were financed directly by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) as one of six thematically different research networks funded by NCM to strengthen Sino-Nordic research collaboration and the Nordic Centre at Fudan University. In 2016 the University of Bergen provides basic funding for administrative services at the Nordic Centre at Fudan University, and the SNoW Newsletter will continue to be edited and disseminated from the Nordic Centre.
The background for the establishment of SNoW was the Nordic Centre of Excellence, The Nordic Welfare State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges, NordWel: (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/nord-wel/), financed by NordForsk for the period 2007 until 2013, and directed by Pauli Kettunen, University of Helsinki.
Based on Nordic and Chinese networking, collaboration was initiated to compile the book The Nordic Welfare State, edited by Stein Kuhnle (University of Bergen), Chen Yinzhang (Fudan University), Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark) and Pauli Kettunen, and published by Fudan University Press in Chinese in 2010.
The book was launched at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, in May 2010, and it was then decided to develop the Sino-Nordic collaboration in welfare research, and to approach NordForsk for starting up joint activities, primarily funding of two seminars: at Fudan University in 2011 and University of Helsinki in 2012. On the basis of the two seminars, another book was compiled, and published in English and (extended) Chinese versions in June 2014 (see Book launch under “Activities”).