Nordic network for adult learning (NVL)

has been initiated and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and administrated by Vox, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning.

In the Nordic region, a unique co-operation across national borders exists in many different fields. Co-operation in the adult education sector takes place under the auspices of two Nordic Council of Ministers programmes: NVL and the Nordplus Adult Programme.


  • is a meeting place for Nordic adult learning
  • supports Nordic co-operation in a LLL perspective
  • disseminates experiences and innovations
  • highlights Nordic expertise
  • creates new co-operation models


The objectives of the NVL strive towards promoting lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectoral cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

NVL transmits competence and experiences between the five Nordic countries and the three autonomous areas. The task of the network is to deepen Nordic competence and foster mutual learning. NVL strives to broaden the Nordic learning arena and extent the learning effects through cooperation with strategically important European and global organisations and other networks.

Newsletter, DialogWeb

The NVL Newsletter provides information about education policy in the Nordic countries, new structures, reforms and initiatives, as well as upcoming courses and conferences. The newsletter is issued eleven times per year, complete with translations into Finnish and Icelandic.

The NVL coordinators are responsible for producing short news from the Nordic countries, the autonomous areas, and the rest of the world. You can sign up for the newsletter free of charge.

DialogWeb is a thematic online publication. Its editorial board consists of members from the Nordic countries, who are responsible for providing up-to-date information related to the selected themes from their respective countries. DialogWeb examines adult learning through articles and interviews from the entire Nordic region and adjoining areas.

DialogWeb targets a broad group of readers: teachers, civil servants and decision makers in the field of formal and non-formal adult education, politicians, NGOs, employers and businesses. One of the goals is to arouse interest in adult learning among new groups of readers. 

NVL networks and reports

NVL disseminates information about the experiences and results gained through Nordic co-operation on adult learning, primarily at the Nordic and European levels. All NVL networks participate in information activities and create new knowledge by carrying out surveys, investigations, comparative studies and analyses.

Expert networks have been set up based on the Nordic priority areas and have been commissioned to produce reports on various themes. The expert networks’ duties include tasks related to competence-building and policy-forming.

Thematic/professional networks are formed on the basis of initiatives from sectors within adult learning, or based on a topical theme from a Nordic country that is of pan-Nordic interest. NVL’s task is to extend the networks to cover the whole Nordic region and to formulate a clearer Nordic profile for them. These networks spread information about their activities through articles and reports as well as by organizing Nordic meeting places.

Read all about our latest achievements and our networks here.

Go to NVL Reports.

Further contacts:
NVL Head-coordinator



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