Department of Sociology
Scientific Nordic

Economic security for young Nordic adults wanes

Circumstances for jobless persons under the age of 25 in Sweden, Finland and Norway have changed dramatically the last 15 years. Many have become poor.


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“A dwindling share of the unemployed young people in Sweden, Finland and Norway qualify for unemployment benefits. In all three countries the share on regular welfare has increased sharply the last 10-15 years,” says Thomas Lorentzen.

The University of Bergen sociologist has led this Nordic project.

“More young people have become poor,” asserts Lorentzen.