Nordic Day: COVID-19 is putting trust and mobility under pressure

23.03.21 | Event
Has the Nordic Council of Ministers’ ambition of removing 8-12 barriers to cross-border freedom of movement per annum in the labour market, social security, education and business been put on pause by Covid19 restrictions and lockdowns? Is the Nordic gold – trusting each other – being replaced by a growing distrust and fear of each other? And if so, what should be done about it? Politicians, individuals and organisations will debate these questions in greater detail.


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM



Freedom of movement is a key priority for Nordic co-operation and part of the efforts to fulfil the vision outlined by the prime ministers to make the Nordic Region the most integrated region in the world. This will also be on the agenda, from a Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic and – in particular – Nordic perspective.


  • The Nordic and Danish perspective – cross-border co-operation and mobility, Bertel Haarder, President of the Nordic Council 
  • The Greenlandic perspective – cross-border co-operation and mobility, Lisbeth Møller Jensen, the Freedom of Movement Council 
  • The Faroese perspective, cross-border co-operation and mobility, John Johannessen, the Freedom of Movement Council

Debate 40 mins.

Video introduction by Flemming Møller Mortensen, the Danish Minister for Nordic Co-operation

Debate between:

  • Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Bertel Haarder, President of the Nordic Council
  • Malin Dahl, Øresunddirekt
  • Halvor Stormoen, Norske Torpare
  • Charlotte Wrangberg, The Swedish Ambassador to Denmark

Moderator: Matts Lindqvist