Nordic network for adult learning (NVL)

was established in 2005 by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). NVL is financed by NCM and administrated by Skills Norway 2009 – 2017, VIA University College 2018 – 2022.

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

NVL promotes lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectoral cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Competences and experiences are shared between the five Nordic countries and the three autonomous areas through NVL. The task of the network is to deepen Nordic competence and foster mutual learning. NVL strives to broaden the Nordic learning arena and extend the learning effects through cooperation with strategic partners in Europe and the rest of the world.

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 collect news from the Nordic countries and the autonomous areas.  You can sign up for the newsletter free of charge.

DialogWeb is a thematic online publication. Its editorial board includes members from the Nordic 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 create interest in adult learning also outside the sector. 

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:
antra.carlsen (@)
NVL Head-coordinator

The purpose of this overview is to contribute to the formation of a common language and understanding of the concept ofprior learning and    

The aim of this report is to provide local authorities with ideas on how to implement the 2030 Agenda and to inform experts and policy makers at national and regional levels on how to support the municipalities in their work.    

Results from a survey among counsellors in the prison education system    

Results from a research project about a Nordic quality model for validation. The model helps to identify and set focus on strategically import elements and phases in the validation process.    

The TLC model proves to be an innovative way of organising further training for adult education professionals and shows results that promote entrepreneurship.    

We explored if online learning activities can be organized so that it would make silent learners feel more comfortable and included.    

Stories from the New Nordic Education for Sustainability    

”The To-Do methodology has put all local stakeholders at the heart of the development work.”    

This report maps the perceived competence development needs of adult educators and access to common Nordic initiatives within competence development.    

This Cedefop study provides a comprehensive and robust evidence base in relation to low-skilled adults in the European Union and analyses trends in low skills among adults as well as characteristics, determinants and risks of being low skilled.