A new online platform compiling the most influential and cutting edge music from the Nordic countries launched on January 6th 2014. Nordic Playlist makes it easy to discover and stay updated on the best Nordic music - introduced to you by the prominent musicians, artists and music professionals of the north.
The Nordic region is getting increasingly more attention from the rest of the world. Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, was one of four regional leaders chosen to lead the World Economic Forum (WEF) session “Regional Transformations in a Global Context” in Abu Dhabi.
The World Economic Forum and the United Arab Emirates are hosting a global gathering of organisations involved in multilateral regional co-operation in Abu Dhabi, 18-19 November 2013. "Playing a visible role in the World Economic Forum's summit fits perfectly with the Nordic Council of Ministers' strategy of active involvement in the global arena," says Dagfinn Høybråten, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Nordic Project Fund Nopef and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation NEFCO will merge with effect from 1 January 2014. Nopef's activities will continue after the merger as a fund within NEFCO. The fund's primary objective is to promote internationalisation of Nordic small and medium-sized companies, with a focus on funding project studies related to the environment, climate and green growth.
What visions for future sustainable solutions will the Nordic Council and the Nordic prime ministers present at the Session? How will Sweden's Nordic Minister for Co-operation address the Norwegian pensioners who experience that misinformation from Sweden has led to them being hit hard by taxation?
The Nordic energy ministers have recently adopted a new action programme for Nordic co-operation in the energy sector. Further harmonisation of the Nordic electricity market and a greater shared commitment internationally are among the main points. The Nordic Region can lead the transformation to a sustainable energy system and can play a global role by spreading a good example and showing a new way forward in the energy sector.
The first prize in the Nordic Council of Ministers competition Nordic Built Challenge was awarded at the meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Business in Stockholm on 17 October. The prize recognises sustainable building renovation in the Nordic countries and goes to the Danish project Ellebo Garden Room that points to new ways towards more climate-friendly construction.
The main conclusions from the new edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) are published on October 3. The NNR form the basis of the national dietary recommendations in the Nordic countries and is a corner stone in academic teaching on nutritional science in the region.. For the first time ever, the NNR will also be available as an e-publication as well as a free download.
The successful NORDIC COOL, the Nordic festival in Washington DC earlier this year, is still providing a ripple effect. At the Nordic Region's largest book fair, the Kennedy Center's President was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the Swedish Minister of Culture for his contribution to relations between USA and the Nordic Region.
The implementation of the EU sulphur directive will be tough especially for some regions and industries in the Nordic Region, but the new requirements to reduce sulphur emissions will also encourage innovation in clean technologies, notes the Nordic Council, which has produced a report with recommendations for how the Nordic countries can work together to facilitate the implementation of the directive.