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Council of Nordic Trade Unions

Council of Nordic Trade Unions

The Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS) is a regional trade union federation. It represents 9 million members from 16 national trade unions in the Nordic countries of Europe. It was founded in 1972, and has close ties with the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network (BASTUN). The main task of NFS is to co-ordinate trade union activities in the Nordic countries, particularly with regard to employment, economic policy and different social issues. General Secretary, since 2014, is Magnus Gissler.[1][2]

Council of Nordic Trade Unions
Nordens Fackliga Samorganisation (Swe.), Pohjolan Ammatillinen Yhteisjärjestö (Fin.), Nordens Faglige Samorganisasjon (Nor.)
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
9 million
Key people
Magnus Gissler, general secretary


Central Organisation of Finnish Trade UnionsSAKFinland
Confederation of State and Municipal Employees of IcelandBSRBIceland
Confederation of Unions for ProfessionalsUNIONorway
Confederation of Vocational UnionsYSNorway
Danish Confederation of Professional AssociationsACDenmark
Danish Trade Union ConfederationFHDenmark
Finnish Confederation of ProfessionalsSTTKFinland
Icelandic Confederation of LabourASÍIceland
Icelandic Confederation of University GraduatesBHMIceland
Norwegian Confederation of Trade UnionsLONorway
SamtakSamtakFaroe Islands
National Confederation of Trade Unions of GreenlandSIKGreenland
Swedish Confederation of Professional AssociationsSACOSweden
Swedish Confederation of Professional EmployeesTCOSweden
Swedish Trade Union ConfederationLOSweden

General Secretaries

1981: John Svenningsen
1989: Sune Ahlen
c.2000: Tom Saxén
2011: Loa Brynjulfsdottir
2013: Christina Colclough
2014: Magnus Gissler


  1. "Magnus Gissler: Growing international interest for Nordic agreement model — Nordic Labour Journal". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ICTUR; et al., eds. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.
  3. "NFS MEDLEMSORGANISATIONER". NFS. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
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