Nordic UBI Day

23 August 2018, University of Tampere, Main building (auditorium D10b)


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.


Venue: University of Tampere, Main building, auditorium D10b (0 floor, D-wing). See the main campus map here.

Registration of BIEN congress and the Nordic UBI Day at 11.30 – 12.00

12.00 – 12.10 Opening of the Nordic UBI Day
Professor emeritus Pertti Koistinen, chair of the LOC of BIEN 2018 Tampere congress
12.10 – 13.10 Finland
Ethics of UBI.
Pekka Elonheimo, chair of BIEN Finland
Basic Income in the Nordic discussions and models.
Jan Otto Andersson, retired Professor of Economics
Experiences of Finland’s UBI experiment.
Juha Järvinen, artist and participant of the experiment
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
Martin B. Michaelsen, Board Member of BIEN Denmark
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 in Iceland, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare
Gerður Pálmadóttir, BIEN Iceland
14.30 – 14.40 Comments, questions, answers. Iceland’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.
14.40 – 15.00 Norway
BI-discourses in Norway, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare
Øyvind Steensen, Spokesman of BIEN Norge
15.00 – 15.10 Comments, questions, answers. Norway’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.
15.10 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 15.50 Sweden
BI-discourses in Sweden, and how could BI be applied to enhance Nordic welfare
Lena Stark, Founder of Swedish basic income party, Member of UBIE since 2014
15.50 – 16.00 Comments, questions, answers. Sweden’s share in the Nordic UBI Day.
16.00 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 17.15 Lecture of Rutger Bregman, a Duch historian and author of Utopia for Realists
17.15 – 17.45 Public interview and discussions.
17.45 – 18.30 Book selling and signing in the lobby outside the auditorium (NB!  The book is available in this event only in Finnish)

Informal event at Tampere Cathedral (address Tuomiokirkonkatu 3 B) at 19.00