The Nordic day of the BIEN 2018 congress will be held in the afternoon of the 23rd of August in advance of the official opening of the congress. Everyone participating in the congress is invited to take part in this Nordic session, which will be held in English.

The main idea of the Nordic UBI Day session consists of the following thematic outlines:

A representative from each of the five Nordic countries will give a picture of the national situation in relation to the implementation of a basic income. Which are the concrete proposals that are on the political agenda? How large is the potential support for different ideas? How well does a BI fit the relatively universal Nordic welfare systems? What can we learn from the different experiences? There will be both separate presentations and a panel, during which the audience can ask questions and make comments.

Please register for the Nordic UBI Day HERE.

(preliminary, changes possible)

At the very beginning, two moderators are nominated in order to take care of good fluency of the program.  The other one will lead the day-concluding panel.


12.00 – 12.10

Opening of the Nordic UBI Day: Prof. emeritus Pertti Koistinen, chair of the LOC of BIEN 2018 Tampere Congress.

12.10 – 13.10

Finland.  Part one: Basic Income (BI) discourses in Finland, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare.
Part two: Ethics of UBI by the chair of BIEN Finland.
Part three: Experiences of Finland’s UBI experiment by its participant.

13.10 – 13.20 Comments, questions, answers. Finland’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.
13.20 – 13.40

Denmark. BI-discourses in Denmark, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare

13.40 – 13.50

Comments, questions, answers. Denmark’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.

13.50 – 14.10

Coffee break

14.10 – 14.30

Iceland. BI-discourses, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare

14.30 – 14.40

Comments, questions, answers. Iceland’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.

14.40 – 15.00

Norway. BI-discourses, and how could it be applied to enhance Nordic welfare.

15.10 – 15.20

Comments, questions, answers. Norway’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.

15.20 – 15.40


15.40 – 16.00

Sweden. BI-discourses, and how/why could it be applied to enhance Nordic welfare.

16.00 – 16.10

Comments, questions, answers. Sweden’s share in the Nordic UBI Day. Comments on the previous speeches.

16.10 – 16.30

Event-concluding panel. Interactive debate between the audience and the panel about the themes presented by the speakers.


Pekka Elonheimo (Finland)
Chair of BIEN Finland – Suomen Perustuloverkosto ry

Martin B. Michaelsen (Denmark)
Board Member of BIEN Denmark

Halldóra Mogensen (Iceland)
Member of Iceland’s Parliament and BIEN Iceland

Øyvind Steensen (Norway)
Spokesman of BIEN Norge

Lena Stark (Sweden)
Founder of the Swedish Pirate Party
Member of UBIE since 2014


The representative speakers are asked to submit their abstracts, photos and biographical notes via this form by 31 March 2018.

For further information, please contact Jan Otto Andersson ( or Jouko Hemmi (, members of the local organising committee  of BIEN 2018 Congress.