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Sexually harassed at work – A brief overview of the research in the Nordic countries


Sexual harassment is a major social problem in working life in the Nordic countries, which the #MeToo calls for action in autumn 2017 demonstrated in particular. This publication is a shorter version of the report Sexually harassed at work – An overview of the research in the Nordic countries. The report is based on a systematic review of the research literature from the Nordic countries in the period 2014–2019.

The purpose of this publication is to briefly present the current knowledge about sexual harassment in the workplace in the Nordic countries, while also making apparent key knowledge gaps where more research is needed. The publication is produced by NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender.

Sexually harassed at work: An overview of the research in the Nordic countries


Sexual harassment is a major societal problem in the working life of the Nordic region, testified to us by the Metoo movement in 2017. The research overview has been compiled on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality. The purpose is to report on current knowledge about sexual harassment in working life in the Nordic countries and to identify knowledge gaps and thus serve as a basis for an upcoming Nordic research initiative. The report maps how sexual harassment takes different forms in people’s working lives based on occupations of varying nature.

The research overview is based on a systematic review of research and other relevant literature from the Nordic countries between the years 2014–2019.

Ending sexual harassment – a precondition for gender equality: Nordic initiatives in the aftermath of #MeToo


Sexism, sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based harassment constitute obstacles to gender equality in the Nordic countries. Ending sexual harassment – a precondition for gender equality: Nordic initiatives in the aftermath of #MeToo highlights a sample of measures to combat sexual harassment, taken by the Nordic co-operation as well as on national level in the Nordic countries. The publication is produced by NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, and is based on material collected from representatives for the Nordic co-operation as well as from the countries.

One year after Me Too: Initiatives and action in the Nordic and Baltic countries

This survey highlights initiatives and action taken by the Nordic and Baltic countries to deal with and prevent sexual harassment in the wake of the Me Too movement


The survey was developed on the initiative of the Swedish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. It highlights initiatives and action taken by the Nordic and Baltic countries to deal with and prevent sexual harassment in the wake of the Me Too movement, which started in the autumn of 2017. It includes a range of measures: from tougher legislation, to responsible authorities being given a bigger mandate, to broad-scale information campaigns. The survey was developed by NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) and is based on material from the countries and supplementary interviews with key people.

Updated 2 October 2020