Equality pays

Norway has one of the world’s highest percentages of female participation in the labour market and in tertiary education and research, whilst also maintaining a high fertility rate. This has been an important driver of Norwegian economic growth, and is a product of political decisions, regulations and benefits developed over time. Discussions on the relationship between social benefits and regulation, economic growth and the labour market.

Henriette Westhrin, State Secretary, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Norway
Ms Westhrin has held several key positions in the political party Sosialistisk Venstreparti (the Socialist Left party) and took seat as as Deputy Chair since 2003. Prior to her current position she has worked as State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and in the Ministry of the Environment.

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