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Day One: Mismatch in the labour market

Wednesday, 23 November, 12:00-19:00 CET 

Nordic labour markets are challenged by a number of trends, of which the ageing population, digitalization, mismatch between competencies available vs. needed, and the green transition stick out as perhaps the most important. How can regions adapt to demographic challenges, and rapid social and technological changes in the labour market? How can we achieve regional labour markets that are both sustainable and inclusive? What does the green transition mean to different regional labour markets?



12:00 – 13:30
Hamar Culture House

Registration to Nordregio Forum 2022

13:30 – 15:00
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Opening of the conference

  • Anne Håskoll-Haugen, Moderator
  • Gerd Slinning, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development

Keynote speech - Building a sustainable and inclusive labour market: Experiences from Innlandet

Panel discussion - What kind of mismatches exist in the Nordics? Why is there a labour market mismatch? What are the solutions?

  • Jukka Teräs, Managing Director at Norrum Oy, Finland,
  • Marit Lofnes Mellingen, Director of the Centre of Competence on Rural Development, Norway
  • Kresten Olesen, Director of RegLab DK
  • Jimmy Sand, Analyst at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research/NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, University of Gothenburg

15:00 - 15:20

Coffee Break

Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Research insights - Re-starting competence mobility

Nordic solutions - an inspiring journey with companies, organisations, projects and initiatives that have successful examples of tackling the labour market imbalance problem

  • Kate Plaskonis, Advisor at Greater Copenhagen
    Matching skills through cross-border competence mobility
    (Find the presentation here)
  • Nivikka Witjes, Project Manager of Siu-Tsiu, Greenland
    A social business that helps young people to integrate into the labour market
    (Find the presentation here)
  • Chana Svensson, Co-founder & CEO & Markus Gustafsson, Co-founder & Chairman of the Board for MindDig
    Attracting talents for the green industrial revolution in Northern Sweden
    (Find the presentation here)

16:30 - 17:30
At different locations in Hamar Culture House

Policy workshops (Parallel) - joint discussions on translating Global/Nordic research findings to the local/national context, as well as developing relevant policy recommendations:

18.30 - 22.00
pick-up & drop-off at Clarion Hotel

Cultural programme at the cathedral ruins (Domkirkeruinene) and dinner at Odden Spiseri, Strandvegen 100, Hamar

Day Two: Urban communities in green transition

Thursday, 24 November, 8:00-15:30 CET

Nordic cities are facing a complexity of different types of interrelated challenges. A key question is how cities can be planned and developed to become climate- and environmentally friendly, along with being socially sustainable. Addressing the multitude of interconnected urban challenges also requires partnerships and collaboration between different levels of government, private actors and citizens.



8:00 - 9:00
Hamar Culture House

Breakfast mingle - discover new contacts and discuss your ideas on collaboration models for regional leadership.

  • Anna Lundgren, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio
  • Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Head of Communications at Nordregio

9:00 - 10:30
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Opening of Day 2

  • Ryan Weber, Moderator
  • Erik Vieth Pedersen, Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Chair of Nordregio Board

Research insights - Urban communities in green transition


Research insights - Measuring urban sustainability in transition

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

The Nordic Tour brings us to inspiring cities that have found ways to plan for green, healthy and sustainable urban communities

Closing remarks by Rolf Elmér, Director, Nordregio

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:45
At different time and locations in Hamar city and its surroundings

Study tours (parallel)