Department of Culture and Learning

‘Is there a Nordic model?’ meeting

Is there a Nordic model?
- seen from Danish and Swedish perspectives

The event takes place in the Parliament building Christiansborg
(room: Fællessalen)
30th of March 2017 from 17.00-18.30


Stakeholders representing different organizations and associations from Denmark and Sweden, respectively, will discuss their experiences with the ‘Nordic model’ within the prostitution policy.

In 1999 Denmark and Sweden went in different directions regarding the prostitution laws. As the first country in the world Sweden criminalized the sex client based on the view that prostitution is a degrading act against women, whereas the Danish law ‘only’ criminalized the sex client buying sex from minors. Sex trade without involvement from a third party is not illegal in Denmark. Instead it is considered as a private matter. Comparisons of the political debates and the legislation on prostitution in Sweden and Denmark show that the two neighboring countries differ greatly. Assuming that the policies and the legislations are interpreted and practiced differently depending on which program, authority, association or organization that works with issues related to prostitution, the aim of the stakeholder meeting is to discuss how the policy implementations and practices take place.

Well aware of the different voices and practices that take place within the policy field of prostitution, we ask: what kind of role do the sex worker associations play? How do the different movements, NGOs and public social program cooperate? What kinds of help and advocacy takes place? And what kind of co-operations, tensions or contradictions do we see within Denmark and Sweden, respectively, and across the two countries?

Posing these questions, the aim of the stakeholder meeting is to discuss the various social practices that are coined by the two rather different prostitution policy regimes in Sweden and Denmark. Discussing tensions and co-operations within and across these two nation states we question existence of a ‘Nordic Model’.

The stakeholder panel members will be representatives from the following organisations:

Chairs: Marlene Spanger & Jeanett Bjønnes


Conference Chair Marlene Spanger     
Conference Co-Chair/COST Action Prospol Chair Isabel Crowhurst

Conference secretary Julie Skibsted Larsen

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