Case Study Category: CBCCase Study Tags: COVID-19, Labour Market, Norway, and Sweden
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Specific measures to address the issue of cross-border workers between Sweden and Norway during COVID-19 emergency.
Since 16 March, the border to Norway has been closed and temporary border controls have been introduced. Regarding cross-border trade, Norway’s decision means that people are not permitted to enter the country just to shop. Both the Norwegian and the Swedish foreign ministries have advised against all non-essential travel to other countries.
Large numbers of people commute to work, particularly from Sweden to Norway. The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens who live or work in Norway. This is an important exception to enable workers to commute between the two countries. The responsible minister had a meeting with the border regions at the end of March in which it emerged that workers appeared to be commuting without any major problems.