Nordic journalists’ unions gather in Helsinki

Nordic journalists’ unions from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland met in Helsinki 24 January.

The UJF’s president Hanne Aho chaired the meeting, comprising the unions’ presidents and officials responsible for international matters.

The participants examined events in each of the five Nordic countries as well as within their respective organisations. The UJF’s Nordic colleagues also heard about the experiences of the union’s freelancers’ cooperative Mediakunta in its first year of operation.

The Nordic unions are looking ahead with anticipation to developments this year, as governments are scheduled to announce new policy proposals on state support for the media. These are expected to take place in the spring in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, while in Iceland the matter is under committee review. In Finland, the release of a national media review is expected in the spring, and the governement proposals later in the year.

The Nordic unions’ joint working body, the Nordic Federation of Journalists, was established in 1947. It has a system of two-yearly rotational chairing among the four largest members. Finland took over as chair from Norway in 2017, and will pass the gavel to Sweden in autumn 2019. The next meeting will take place in May in Helsinki.