The strength of the Nordic countries lies in their shared values, which in turn is what the welfare society in the region is based on. The values that the countries share are equal opportunities, social solidarity and security for all. All Nordic citizens must enjoy equal access to social and health care services, education and culture. The main aim of the welfare society is to enable everyone to be part of social life and the decision-making process. Although the welfare model in each state is slightly different, one of the cornerstones of all of them is gender equality.
However, there remains room for improvement in certain areas. These include the aging society; creating jobs for both young people and those of or approaching retirement age; keeping people approaching retirement age in the workforce; and integrating immigrants.
We have been working with a number of agencies and departments in Estonia for many years on such issues as gender equality, enfranchising the disabled and preventing human trafficking.
Find out more about the welfare state model of the Nordic countries here.