The Icelandic model

In the 1990´s the Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA), along with policy makers and practitioners, began collaborating in an effort to better understand the societal factors influencing substance use among adolescents and potential approaches to prevention. This later became the so-called Icelandic model. 

20 years ago, Iceland had serious problems when it came to young people’s health. In 1998, 42 per cent of the country’s 15 and 16-year-olds said that they had been drunk the month before, which was an alarming figure. Researchers cooperated with public actors to create a combination of leisure activities, legislative changes, parental walks and common principles, and the corresponding figure in 2016 was 5 per cent. Funding for music, art, sports and youth clubs has increased, while statutory curfews were introduced for children and young people. The Icelandic model is spreading across the world.

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