The conference had several objectives. The first was to elucidate how the Nordic Model can contribute to international welfare strategies and specify its important strength in social policy areas.
The second main objective was to clarify the contents within the Nordic and international welfare programmes, discuss their consequences and strengthen the Nordic and international processes in relation to social security and welfare.
It is important to point out the challenges and alternatives for the future. The global, demographic, social and financial changes constitute a strong pressure on the welfare systems and the ways the Nordic welfare states act in a global context.