The education systems in the Nordic countries have many similarities and common challenges. Through co-operation, the Nordic countries can achieve better results that benefit our schools and other educational and training institutions, as well as the individual pupils and apprentices.
The Nordic countries have many cultural similarities. Studies also show that the education policies and school results differ between the countries. Therefore, the former Nordic Advisory Group (NSS) initiated Nordic co-operation for in-depth analysis of school results after each PISA report. Three reports were published in 2006, 2009 and 2012 - "Northern lights on PISA and conferences were organised in conjunction with each report at which the results were presented and discussed.
The objective of the Nordic analyses was to be able to compare, measure and analyse the similarities, differences and disparities between the countries with the help of large amounts of data. This fundamental learning from each other should lead to progress in national education policies. Since 2012 the Nordic school analysis co-operation has been extended to cover results from several other international studies.