“Two of the main themes of Norway’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers are the Nordic Region in transition, and the Nordic Region in Europe. Closer regional co-operation on digitalisation in both the public and private sectors will help to increase competitiveness and support European co-operation within the field,” says Norway’s Minister for Nordic Co-operation Frank Bakke-Jensen.
The majority of Estonia’s, Latvia’s, and Lithuania’s Russian-speaking populations depend solely on news and current affairs programming from Russian state-controlled television companies. The promotion of democracy in the Baltic countries requires the production of qualitative and independent media, even in Russian. At its meeting in Tallinn on 20 April, the Committee for Nordic Co-operation decided to continue the funding of a programme that supports media production and a media-critical approach in the Baltic countries.
Even during times of economic prosperity, the integration of people with a non-Western background in the Nordic labour market is tricky. Without work, refugees become costly for society in both the short and long-term. The stream of refugees into the region in recent years has exacerbated the situation. A special edition of the journal Nordic Economic Policy Review looks at the reasons for and consequences of this.
“We have a long tradition of Nordic co-operation on legislative affairs but the nature of it has changed due to the countries’ different relationships to the EU and its legislation. It is good that we now have an opportunity to review the potential and nature of the co-operation in the light of our ambition to make this the most integrated region in the world,” says Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten.
Donald Trump and developments in the US will be debated when the Nordic Council convenes for meetings and a theme session in the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm on 3 and 4 April. “Events in the US have an impact on the Nordic Region so it’s important that we discuss how we should respond to what’s happening at the moment,” says President of the Nordic Council Britt Lundberg.
Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen, and Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner are seeking closer Nordic-Baltic co-operation on digitalisation. On 24 and 25 April the ministers will host a Nordic-Baltic ministerial conference in Oslo under the title “Digital North” in conjunction with the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
What happens when Nordic experts discuss gender equality in the USA? A New York audience will find out on Monday when Nordic experts and politicians will discuss gender issues at an event called: The "Mommy Track" needs a revamp. As the number of women with jobs falls in the USA, the New America think tank is turning to the region with the highest percentage of women in work in the world to study the Nordic experience.
Mayors from 12 Nordic cities and 150 city officials, experts, NGO’s and practitioners gathered today in Copenhagen City Hall to create safer Nordic cities through the Nordic Safe Cities network. The network consists of municipalities working actively to ensure trustful, tolerant and resilient cities that can prevent radicalization and violent extremism.
The five Nordic ministers for gender equality invite you to a debate to be held in New York on Monday 13 March, the opening day of the session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. The Nordic Region accepts the challenge to take the next steps towards gender equality in the workplace.
The Nordic Council will debate the question “What do developments in the USA mean for the Nordic Region?” at the 2017 Theme Session in Stockholm on April 3–4. Among those taking part in the debate will be the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström. Journalists are invited to apply for accreditation.
The latest PISA results reveal that a trend is emerging in the Nordic Region. Although four of the five nations are above the OECD average in reading, maths and science, some of them have fallen behind in what has long been a feature of the Region: the ability of the school system to compensate for social inequality.
The Nordic Council of Ministers has just published Nordic Bioeconomy – 25 cases for sustainable change, a catalogue containing a selection of innovative bioeconomy cases from the Nordic countries, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The cases illustrate four Nordic strongholds identified by the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel in its work on a joint Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy: replace, upgrade, circulate and collaborate.
“Nordic co-operation is about to undergo a renaissance and the time has come for new Nordic initiatives in the international arena,” the Norwegian UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland, told the assembled parliamentarians in a speech on war, conflict and refugees at the January meeting of the Nordic Council in Oslo on Tuesday.
“We’re taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic co-operation is essential and benefits all the Nordic countries,” said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister for Nordic Co-operation Frank Bakke-Jensen, who launched Norway’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers today.
The Nordic Council of Ministers has named the creative consortium that will promote the Nordic brand at international level. Following its proposal for an innovative and progressive new form of place branding, the consortium consisting of Mensch, BIG Architects, Area9 and Ole Lund Creative, has been announced as the winner of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ EU call for tenders “Branding and positioning of the Nordic Region”.
Good basic education and the technology-driven nature of the economy are just two of the reasons that start-ups flourish so well in the Nordic Region, according to the Finnish Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Anne Berner. The huge “Slush” event in Helsinki shows just how well start-ups are doing in the Region.