The open Nordic societies is the theme for the summit meeting between the Nordic prime ministers and parliamentarians in the Nordic Council on the opening day of the Session on Tuesday 1 November.
The tragic terror attacks in Norway on 22 July this year are the reason for the theme of the summit.
The Danish Parliament in Copenhagen will be the venue for this year's Session of the Nordic Council which will take place from 1 - 3 November.
The Nordic prime ministers and foreign ministers, according to tradition, will hold meetings and press conferences in conjunction with the Session. More information on these press conferences will be posted on the Session website later.
The awarding of the Nordic Council prizes will take place in the Royal Danish Academy of Music on Wednesday 2 November at 18.30. Amongst others, Gyrðir Elíasson will be presented with the Nordic Council Literature Prize, while representatives for the Scandic hotels will be presented with this year's Environment Prize.
Sustainable health - One Health in a Nordic perspective is the theme for a seminar which will be held on Monday 31 October. The growing problem of resistance to antibiotics, and the close relationship between diseases in animals and humans requiring co-ordinated treatment will be on the agenda. The Citizens' and Consumer Rights Committee in the Nordic Council is organising the seminar which will take place in the Landsting Chamber at Christiansborg from 17.00 - 19.00. Clement Kjersgaard will lead the debate. Registrations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reports by the foreign and defence ministers and the Nordic ministers for co-operation question time will take place on Wednesday 2 November. In addition, the Session will be filled with lively parliamentary debate on everything from civil protection to the mackerel wars, and meetings with international partners.
The Nordic finance ministers' meeting will close with a doorstep press conference on Tuesday 1 November 13.45 - 14.00. The current economic-political situation, the tax evasion project and topical EU/EEA issues are on the finance ministers' agenda.
Before the finance minsters' meeting starts, the Nordic Council of Ministers has organised a debate seminar on tax evasion with the participation of ministers, government experts and the Nordic Council of Ministers' project manager, Torsten Fensby. The event is open to the media and will take place in the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen on Tuesday 1 November 8.30-9.30.
The Nordic cultural festival Ting will also take place in the Danish capital during the same week as the Session. In this connection there will be the chance to experience previous years' winners of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, Sjón, Naja Marie Aidt and Sara Stridsberg, on the International Authors’ Stage at the Royal Library on Monday 31 October at 20.00.
Every year the Nordic Council Session brings together the prime ministers, ministers and parliamentarians from all the Nordic countries.