Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia

Hans-Peter Qvist, Bjarte Folkestad, Torben Fridberg, Susanne Wallman Lundåsen

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In this chapter, we examine participation rate and time use trends in volunteering in Scandinavia during the period from the beginning of the 1990s until the mid-2010s. The aim of the analysis is twofold. First, we aim to provide a descriptive analysis of the trends in volunteering in Scandinavia during the period under investigation. Second, we aim to determine whether and to what extent the socio-demographic and institutional changes in the Scandinavian societies during this period can explain the observed trends in volunteering. The results show that the overall levels of participation in volunteering are high and stable in the Scandinavian countries, with a small upward trend. The participation levels are all high in international comparisons, but they are markedly higher in Norway and Sweden than in Denmark. Volunteers’ contributions of time appear relatively stable in Norway, but Denmark has witnessed a slight decline and Sweden has witnessed a slight increase. The explanatory analysis revealed that nearly half of the upward trend in the levels of volunteering can be attributed to the expansion of education in the Scandinavian countries. The explanatory analysis also indicated that the gap in the levels of volunteering between Sweden and Norway on the one hand, and Denmark on the other hand, cannot be attributed to socio-demographic differences between the countries, as the gap is left unchanged when controlling for socio-demographic factors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivic Engagement in Scandinavia : Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden
EditorsLars Skov Henriksen, Kristin Strømsnes, Lars Svedberg
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2019
Pages67-95
Chapter3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesNonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series

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Scandinavia
Denmark
Norway
trend
Sweden
participation
international comparison
demographic factors
institutional change
population development
society
education

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Qvist, H-P., Folkestad, B., Fridberg, T., & Lundåsen, S. W. (2019). Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia. In L. S. Henriksen, K. Strømsnes, & L. Svedberg (Eds.), Civic Engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (pp. 67-95). Springer. Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series
Qvist, Hans-Peter ; Folkestad, Bjarte ; Fridberg, Torben ; Lundåsen, Susanne Wallman. / Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia. Civic Engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. editor / Lars Skov Henriksen ; Kristin Strømsnes ; Lars Svedberg. Springer, 2019. pp. 67-95 (Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series).
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Qvist, H-P, Folkestad, B, Fridberg, T & Lundåsen, SW 2019, Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia. in LS Henriksen, K Strømsnes & L Svedberg (eds), Civic Engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Springer, Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series, pp. 67-95.

Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia. / Qvist, Hans-Peter; Folkestad, Bjarte ; Fridberg, Torben; Lundåsen, Susanne Wallman.

Civic Engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. ed. / Lars Skov Henriksen; Kristin Strømsnes; Lars Svedberg. Springer, 2019. p. 67-95 (Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series).

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Qvist H-P, Folkestad B, Fridberg T, Lundåsen SW. Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia. In Henriksen LS, Strømsnes K, Svedberg L, editors, Civic Engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Springer. 2019. p. 67-95. (Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: An International Multidisciplinary Series).