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The Knowledge-Intensive Platform Economy in the Nordic Countries

The Nordics is recognized for being at the forefront of technology, but digital platforms are currently used to a limited extent.

Online labor markets are growing, but in the Nordic labor markets, the phenomenon is even more marginal than in the rest of Europe. Recent estimates find that between 0.3% and 2.5% of the Nordic labor force currently works via platforms.

This report discusses the development of digital platforms for organizing and solving knowledge-intensive tasks, in the context of existing labor market and welfare models in the Nordic countries. Knowledge-intensive platforms are a subset of the overall platform economy, connecting workers with clients.

Knowledge-intensive platforms organize tasks and projects that are primarily relevant for professionals with a long tertiary education.


Nordic Innovation and the five national Federations of Professional Associations have commissioned Economics Norway, the Research foundation Fafo and a supporting panel of Nordic experts to study opportunities and barriers for Nordic countries to take advantage of benefits created by the platform economy. The analysis has a specific focus on the platform economy in the knowledge-intensive labor market.


Trine Moa

Trine Moa

Senior Adviser Strategy and Governance
Trine has more than 14 years of experience working with strategic planning, developing and implementing methodology and tools for results management, evaluation and learning, with an innovative and solutions-oriented approach to her work.

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Nina Egeli - Senior Innovation Adviser

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Marthe Haugland - Senior Innovation Adviser

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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