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Women entrepreneurship in the Nordic countries

  • Publisert 03.03.2001
  • Sist oppdatert 22.06.2011

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This project and the report is divided in two parts:

  • Chart the available gender-divided statistics about micro, small and medium sized businesses in the Nordic countries in order to establish which statistics are collected in each country and to what extent they can be compared, as well as to clarify all the essential definitions.

  • Identify the gaps and the best practices in gender-divided data gathering concerning women-owned SME's on a national level. These parts are complemented with the organisational structures of data gathering in each country.

In order to reach these goals each country gathers their respective statistics, their structure and descriptions of how they are gathered with the contribution of researches.



This study offers a large range of possibilities for Nordic co-operation within the field of data gathering in women entrepreneurship. It also points out the mutual and national shortages in official data gathering offering best practices for learning.


These possibilities are culminated in identifying the newness, combining management and ownership as well as allowing individual decisions guide the data gathering. This is complemented with the challenge of reaching the complexity of contemporary and future reality. 


From society’s perspective there is also a need to get data from intentions in order to support women’s participation in business life. In all Nordic countries their proportion as entrepreneurs is smaller than as employees. Since the equality is highly regarded in these countries, it means that this area is open to future developments.


Finally there is a need for harmonising the language in order to avoid unnecessary misinterpretations.



In general the situation of official women entrepreneurship data is modest in the Nordic countries. In addition the available solutions are country specified hindering the comparisons between countries even if the data is available. This could be seen as a problem or as a possibility. Since the opportunity recognition is one of the core elements in entrepreneurship we decide to see it as a market opportunity for co-operation and new solutions with possibility to create generic strategic excellency for Nordic countries.