Systèmes d'Information et Management


This brief article provides a short overview of the evolution and status of information systems in Nordic countries. Here, by Nordic countries I mean what is normally called Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and the Fenno-Scandia (Finland), and a few Northern islands (especially Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland). This area is linguistically and geographically dispersed and huge by European standards, but has a small population (c.a. 25 million). Yet, it is normally regarded as a homogeneous socio-economic area, which is characterized by high standards (and quality) of living with highly advanced welfare states. It also enjoys a unifying political agency through the Nordic Council, and has had shared labour markets and equal social benefits among its citizens since the early 50's.