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Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region III

An introductory study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands

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Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. As a follow up to two earlier reports on part-time work this third report is an introductory study to part-time work and gender in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands. The aim is to map what is known about part-time work, and where possible, explain working patterns in these areas. The report gives an overview of the labour markets of the three areas and introduces part-time work based on existing data. The report also present findings from an exploratory study with women who work part-time in the Faroe Islands. Erika Anne Hayfield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands, Rógvi Olavson, MSc Sociology and Lív Patursson, MSc Gender Studies wrote the report on request by NIKK, for the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Introduction

The overall purpose of this report is to provide an introductory overview of part-time work in the self-governing areas of the Nordic region, i.e. the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands, in the context of gender. Although they are all part of the Nordic region, the labour markets in these areas differ in many respects. Thus, this report describes and to some extent explains the role of part-time work in the self-governing areas and compares them with each other. This inevitably involves taking into account several factors that may have an effect on part-time work, such as cultural gender expectations, welfare policy, education, geography and labour market segregation.

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