Contact

Lead Partner

Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

Lead Partner

Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

The Partnership

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden
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Norrbottens läns landsting/County Council of Norrbotten

Norrbottens läns landsting/County Council of Norrbotten
Luleå, Sweden

www.nll.se
www.nll.se/bestagers

Download our flyer in Swedish: Äldre i arbetslivet

About us

Norrbotten is Sweden´s largest and most northerly county and it includes 14 local municipalities. Most of the population live near the coast so Norrbotten is sparsley settled. These facts set the parameters for the County Council´s obligations and activities.
The County Council is led by elected politicians and its activities are mostly financed of taxation revenues.

In Norrbotten and other regions with declining population we must work even harder to survive. In this situation the County Council is undertaking a range of efforts to make Norrbotten more competitive – in infrastructure, tourism, film, information technology, research and e-health. The County Council promotes the growth and attractiveness of Norrbotten, it supports development of small and medium-sized businesses, it improves transport and communications and promotes international exchange.

County Council of Norrbotten improves the quality of life of all inhabitants in the fields of health care, dentistry, arts and culture, education and regional development. The aspirations for the County Council are good public health, good health care, balanced regional development and conservation of the County´s common resources.

Why we participate in Best Agers

The negative demographic trend is a real challenge for Norrbotten. We have experienced several years of negative population figures despite high growth in our industry. The explanation is both low immigration and birth deficit. Combined with an aging population, this means that Norrbotten is facing a major challenge in the near future when it comes to labor and skills shortages. We must therefore ensure supply of labour and competence in Norrbotten. Through development of general methods for transfer of competence and deal with generation shift, the County can be a pioneer and contribute to the European added value.

County Council of Norrbotten is a partner in the Best Agers project to contribute with social innovations in the field of demographic development, but also to cooperate with and learn in this field from other regions in the Baltic Sea Area.

• reports concerning statistics and forecasts about labour participation for Best Agers.
• surveys among employees, unemployed and employers concerning attitudes towards Best Agers participation in the labour market. We are preparing a
• network for Creative Age management among regions
• mapping mentoring programmes in the region
• participated in Qcamp in S:t Petersburg and are trying to use this experiences in our work
• interviewing Best Agers entrepreneurs about support structures for 55+ entrepreneurs and this will be summarized in a report.
• visiting several groups and organizations of senior citizens and other interested parties to inform about demographic change and the Best Agers project.

What we have achieved and what we have learned

In Norrbotten we are now more aware of the potential of elderly in the regional economy. One main cause is the hausse in our mines. But in the Best Agers-project we have learned that it takes time to convince employers of the benefits of age management in workplaces. Also we have noticed structural age discrimination in work life in Sweden.

We have worked a lot with contacting best agers themselves inviting them to lectures, seminars, workshops and fairs. This has been very sucessful. Our experience is that many seniors want to 1. work longer but under their own conditions and 2. contribute to the regional economy in some way eg. as mentors and/or experts.

We have also conducted trainings for seniors that want to start up their own business - in spare time, part time or full time. Our experience is that many are interested in taking a new path in life and that they want to train for this.

Publications

55+ people and entrepreneurship
- a study based on results from five partners in the Best Agers-project

 Written by Agneta Lundgren and Ewa Hedkvist Petersen

55+ people and entrepreneurship
- a theoretical framework and interview guide

Written by Ewa Hedkvist Petersen, Project manager, County Council of Norrbotten and Håkan Ylinenpää, Professor in Entrepreneurship, Luleå University of Technology

 

Contact person
Ewa Hedkvist Petersen
ewa.hedkvist-petersen@nll.se
+46 70 617 58 47
 

Norrbottens läns landsting/County Council of Norrbotten
Luleå, Sweden

www.nll.se
www.nll.se/bestagers

Download our flyer in Swedish: Äldre i arbetslivet

About us

Norrbotten is Sweden´s largest and most northerly county and it includes 14 local municipalities. Most of the population live near the coast so Norrbotten is sparsley settled. These facts set the parameters for the County Council´s obligations and activities.
The County Council is led by elected politicians and its activities are mostly financed of taxation revenues.

In Norrbotten and other regions with declining population we must work even harder to survive. In this situation the County Council is undertaking a range of efforts to make Norrbotten more competitive – in infrastructure, tourism, film, information technology, research and e-health. The County Council promotes the growth and attractiveness of Norrbotten, it supports development of small and medium-sized businesses, it improves transport and communications and promotes international exchange.

County Council of Norrbotten improves the quality of life of all inhabitants in the fields of health care, dentistry, arts and culture, education and regional development. The aspirations for the County Council are good public health, good health care, balanced regional development and conservation of the County´s common resources.

Why we participate in Best Agers

The negative demographic trend is a real challenge for Norrbotten. We have experienced several years of negative population figures despite high growth in our industry. The explanation is both low immigration and birth deficit. Combined with an aging population, this means that Norrbotten is facing a major challenge in the near future when it comes to labor and skills shortages. We must therefore ensure supply of labour and competence in Norrbotten. Through development of general methods for transfer of competence and deal with generation shift, the County can be a pioneer and contribute to the European added value.

County Council of Norrbotten is a partner in the Best Agers project to contribute with social innovations in the field of demographic development, but also to cooperate with and learn in this field from other regions in the Baltic Sea Area.

• reports concerning statistics and forecasts about labour participation for Best Agers.
• surveys among employees, unemployed and employers concerning attitudes towards Best Agers participation in the labour market. We are preparing a
• network for Creative Age management among regions
• mapping mentoring programmes in the region
• participated in Qcamp in S:t Petersburg and are trying to use this experiences in our work
• interviewing Best Agers entrepreneurs about support structures for 55+ entrepreneurs and this will be summarized in a report.
• visiting several groups and organizations of senior citizens and other interested parties to inform about demographic change and the Best Agers project.

What we have achieved and what we have learned

In Norrbotten we are now more aware of the potential of elderly in the regional economy. One main cause is the hausse in our mines. But in the Best Agers-project we have learned that it takes time to convince employers of the benefits of age management in workplaces. Also we have noticed structural age discrimination in work life in Sweden.

We have worked a lot with contacting best agers themselves inviting them to lectures, seminars, workshops and fairs. This has been very sucessful. Our experience is that many seniors want to 1. work longer but under their own conditions and 2. contribute to the regional economy in some way eg. as mentors and/or experts.

We have also conducted trainings for seniors that want to start up their own business - in spare time, part time or full time. Our experience is that many are interested in taking a new path in life and that they want to train for this.

Publications

55+ people and entrepreneurship
- a study based on results from five partners in the Best Agers-project

 Written by Agneta Lundgren and Ewa Hedkvist Petersen

55+ people and entrepreneurship
- a theoretical framework and interview guide

Written by Ewa Hedkvist Petersen, Project manager, County Council of Norrbotten and Håkan Ylinenpää, Professor in Entrepreneurship, Luleå University of Technology

 

Contact person
Ewa Hedkvist Petersen
ewa.hedkvist-petersen@nll.se
+46 70 617 58 47
 

Project Activities

Watch the "Best Agers" documentary film!

The film "Best Agers - Meeting Demographic Change" portraits four persons from four countries at the crossroads between working life and retirement. Watch the four episodes and see how exciting and full of important decisions life can be even when you think you have seen it all!

All Activities

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Watch the "Best Agers" documentary film!

The film "Best Agers - Meeting Demographic Change" portraits four persons from four countries at the crossroads between working life and retirement. Watch the four episodes and see how exciting and full of important decisions life can be even when you think you have seen it all!

All Activities

Click here

"Best Agers are a valuable resources for the Baltic Sea Region: They possess valuable experience, know-how and skills which we cannot afford to neglect"

"Innovation is not an exclusive domain of young people - we support Best Agers’ entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region"

"Best Agers defy the consequences of demographic change: Cities and regions of the Baltic Sea Region find creative ways of disclosing and utilizing the unused potentials of the age group 55+"

"Best Agers are well-educated, motivated and healthier than ever and can be mobilized to counteract brain drain and the loss of human capital in the Baltic Sea Region"

"The nineteen Best Agers partners work towards a cross-generational innovation environment in the Baltic Sea Region"