The Future of Nordic Youth in Rural Regions: A Cross-national Qualitative Longitudinal Study in four Nordic Countries 

The unique project examines the future of rural youth in four Nordic countries, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It builds on unique longitudinal data with 196 rural young people, representing ten geographically and socioeconomically divergent rural regions. Ageing and depopulation of rural areas constitute and acute challenge for all Nordic societies. By drawing on qualitative and quantitative data the project opens a multidimensional perspective to the lived experiences, future orientations and process of belonging in rural places.

The multidisciplinary project brings together fields of history, sociology, education, geography, and cultural studies. The consortium involves University of Jyväskylä in Finland (coordinator), Umeå University in Sweden, Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway, and The Rockwool Foundation in Denmark.

The project is funded by Future Challenges in the Nordics - People, Culture and Society -programme.

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