NIKK – What Is It?


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NIKK is a Scandinavian acronym for Nordic Information on Gender.

NIKK spreads information about gender equality across the Nordic region.

Gender equality has been achieved when women and men have the same rights and opportunities.

Gender equality has still not been achieved in any of the Nordic countries.

The Nordic countries are:

  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland

Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland are also part of the Nordic region.

The European countries collaborate in the EU.

The governments of the Nordic countries collaborate in the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The Nordic gender equality ministers collaborate in the Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM).
They meet 1–2 times a year in the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The ministers in MR-JÄM are supported by officials in the Nordic countries.

The officials collaborate in the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality (EK-JÄM).

They meet 3–6 times a year.

EK-JÄM prepares the ministers’ meetings.

EK-JÄM then carries out the ministers’ wishes and leads the practical work.

NIKK helps them in their daily work.

A big amount of information needs to be spread.

Knowledge about how the Nordic countries work with gender equality issues.

If for example Norway is good at hiring men in the childcare sector, then Norway can give good advice about this to the other countries.

NIKK spreads knowledge, research and ideas across the Nordic countries.

The University of Gothenburg hosts the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, which hosts Nordic Information on Gender.

This means that the office of Nordic Information on Gender is located at the University of Gothenburg.

Here are some tasks of Nordic Information on Gender:

  • Gather knowledge about gender equality in the Nordic countries.
  • Spread information about MR-JÄM and EK-JÄM.
  • Help MR-JÄM and EK-JÄM.
  • Give them suggestions for new activities
  • Manage the Nordic Gender Equality Fund

The Nordic Gender Equality Fund


Projects focusing on gender equality can apply for funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund.

To get money, projects must meet two requirements:

  1. The projects must involve at least three organisations.
  2. The organisations must be from at least three Nordic countries.

Around 50 projects have received funding.

Nordic value


The five Nordic countries can learn a lot from each other.

By working together, each country does not need to figure everything out alone.

We call this Nordic value.

The five Nordic countries take turns leading the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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