Nordic Day 2023: With war in our neighbourhood, in what direction is the Nordic Region headed?

23.03.23 | Event
Nordic Day is approaching. Start the day with a good breakfast and a light-hearted conversation about Nordic co-operation in an uncertain time, moderated by Hilde Sandvik from “Norsken, svensken og dansken”.


08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Domus Bibliotheca
Karl Johans gate 47

Lunch meeting

The war in Ukraine has changed the Nordic Region. With Sweden and Finland joining NATO, new opportunities for closer Nordic co-operation are opening up. At the same time, the Nordic Council has begun to discuss whether there is a need to revise the Helsinki Treaty, also referred to as the Nordic Constitution, so that it also includes Nordic co-operation on security and emergency preparedness.

What consequences will the new security policy situation have for Nordic co-operation? What do such changes do to the Nordic position in Europe and the world? Should we have a Nordic defence commission, as has been recently advocated by Sweden’s former prime minister Magdalena Andersson, among others? You can read more about the proposal in this article (in Norwegian):

Join us for breakfast and a panel debate at Domus Bibliotheca!

On the panel:

  • Anniken Huitfeldt (Norwegian Labour Party), Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Hårek Elvenes (Norwegian Conservative Party), Member of the Norwegian parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee
  • Jorodd Asphjell (Norwegian Labour Party), President of the Nordic Council and representative of the Norwegian parliament
  • Kristin Haugevik, Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Rasmus Emborg, (Danish Social Democrats), President of the Nordic Youth Council
  • Peter Stadius, Senior researcher at the University of Helsinki and ReNew

The moderator is journalist and author Hilde Sandvik, presenter of the podcast and radio programme “Norsken, svensken og dansken”.

The event starts at 08:00. Breakfast will be served from 07:45. 

Registration and practical information (in Norwegian)

The event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required in advance. The event will be streamed and you can also register for digital participation.

Organisers: UiO:Norden, the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Norwegian parliament, and NordForsk.