Insular Employment

Typical of many Nordic insular societies is their profound vulnerability to external forces. Almost without warning can a major source of income disappear overnight. In both Gotland (Sweden) and Bornholm (Denmark), such vulnerability was experienced first hand with the end of the cold war. Military bases were closed down and hundreds of jobs, both in the military and in the civilian ancillary sectors were lost. Similarly, in Ulstein (Norway) a rapid decline in the demand for new ships and naval equipment was equally damaging. The human cost of such events moreover pose difficult questions for the individuals concerned, perhaps the most important of which concerns whether to leave or remain.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2006