Current members Nordic Network for Adult Learning

Nordic Network for Adult Learning

Nordiskt nätverk för vuxnas lärande (NVL)





Contact person:

Antra Carlsen, Head-coordinator,


Nordic network for adult learning (NVL) has been initiated and is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and is administrated by VIA University College in Denmark.


  • is a meeting place for Nordic adult learning
  • supports Nordic co-operation
  • disseminates experiences and innovations
  • highlights Nordic expertise
  • creates new co-operation models

NVL promotes lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectorial cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers: quality development and competence development within adult learning, professionalization of staff, recognition of prior learning, and guidance counselling.

NVL coordinates 1o expert and thematic networks and working groups, which have been set up based on the Nordic priority areas and have been commissioned to carry out mapping studies, comparative analyses, to produce reports and organize their discussion and dissemination. The network mandates are related to competence and capacity building as well as policy development.

NVL’s monthly newsletter provides information about education policy in the Nordic countries, new structures, reforms and initiatives, as well as upcoming courses and conferences.

NVL unites national representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and contact persons from autonomous regions Greenland, Faroe Islands and Aaland Islands.

The development and policy work of three NVL sub-networks are relevant for EBSN.

The Nordic Alfa Council has responsibility for development of education for adults with no or very short formal schooling and who do not have the Nordic languages as their mother tongue. The network aims at improving the opportunities for these adults to actively participate in community life and democratic processes. Currently the network implements the recommendations for competence development of educators working with this target group. 

The Nordic Expert Network on Validation currently deals with professional standards and competence development in validation, and has recently finished mapping of quality criteria for validation in the Nordic countries.

Nordic Network for Prison Education develops education possibilities of inmates as well as deals with staff training and further training. The network has recently carried out a survey of educational background, the right to education, identification of learning difficulties and motivation for education among inmates in Nordic prisons.

Relevant Links

NVL networks:

Link to the Nordic reports including those on competence development: