Students struggle to survive
Nordic students struggle to make ends meet on their state education grants. This is what 1,653 respondents (full-time students) aged 18-29 reply in a recent survey by TNS Gallup for Nordea in all four Nordic countries. In Finland and Norway eight out of ten students barely scrape by on their state education grants, in Denmark two out of three and in Sweden one out of two. They supplement the support from the state by working part time during the year and more intensively during holiday periods, by getting help from parents or taking out loans.
Their jobs are generally not relevant to their studies. This is the situation in all four countries.
“We know that a job relevant for the profession you are about to enter can pave the way for a more permanent position after you have passed your exams. So it’s important that students focus on getting valuable job experience in times with rising unemployment among young people” says Ann Lehmann Erichsen, Private Economist in Denmark
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