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In this issue of DialogWeb we take a look at competition, both in the global and local markets. Our perspective is a glocal one, since there is a clear connection between the global and the local. Growth in the global economy is based on opportunities created at the local, regional and national levels.

Among the topics featured in this issue are the Norwegian government’s innovation policy and a tourism programme created in the Åland islands that offers local food and activities. The Swedish non-formal adult education sector wants to highlight its competence in  international and intercultural expertise, areas which can help boost competitiveness.  A Nordic task force, the Think tank on future competences, has investigated questions and challenges related to future competence needs. Their report confirms that competence development is a challenge to everyone. The individual citizen must take a responsibility for constantly developing her or his competences, while governments and working life are responsible for creating conditions that make this possible.