Information about the whole of the Nordic Region
In the Nordic Region, we have a joint labour market and other co-Nordic agreements in areas such as social security and education. Info Norden’s main job is to make it easier for private individuals to move about freely in the Nordic Region. We do this by providing information about regulations for relocation, cross-border commuting, studying, etc. The Info Norden webpages provide general information about the regulatory frameworks in the different countries, contact information for public agencies, and practical information about what to do if you are planning to relocate to, work, start a business, or study in another Nordic country.
If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, contact Info Norden using the online form or through one of the national offices. We can also help you find information about funding schemes in the Nordic Region and about Nordic co-operation in general. The information is available in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and English. You’re welcome to contact us in any of these languages, as well as Faroese and Greenlandic.
Promoting freedom of movement
An important part of Info Norden’s work consists of identifying issues and possible obstacles to cross-border freedom of movement by people and small businesses in the Region. We work with bodies such as the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Freedom of Movement Council and pass on the information we receive about obstacles to freedom of movement (and ways of minimising them) to the appropriate politicians and government officials.
The aim is to try to draw attention to unclear regulations, areas where the information is insufficient, and inconsistencies between the rules in different countries. Info Norden collates knowledge about obstacles to cross-border freedom of movement and makes it available to the people of the region and official agencies via the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Freedom of Movement database.
We also pass on information about cross-border obstacles to relevant politicians and public agencies in the Nordic countries as part of formal Nordic efforts to improve freedom of movement.
Info Norden has project managers in Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Åland.
Info Norden reports to the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation. In organisational terms, it falls under the Communications Department in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Secretariat.
On the Faroes Islands, Info Norden is managed by the Nordic Atlantic Co-operation (NORA).
In Greenland, Info Norden is managed by the Nordic Institute in Greenland (NAPA).
In Sweden, Info Norden is managed by Nordregio.
All other Info Norden offices are managed by the Nordic Association (Foreningen Norden).
Info Norden’s limitations
Info Norden does not act as an ombudsman, lawyer or case worker. Nor does it provide help with matters that require citing names and civil registration numbers. The project managers cannot represent you in your dealings with official agencies. All information is provided on a general basis.
Info Norden arranges information activities to highlight the issue of mobility in the Nordic Region, to provide information about Nordic regulations and to create cross-border forums. These activities are arranged in each country, often in collaboration with other Info Norden offices or other relevant actors. The activities are aimed at everyone: from members of the public, caseworkers and staff of national agencies to politicians and decision-makers.
Working with other stakeholders
Info Norden works with other relevant information services, SOLVIT, the Freedom of Movement Council, Nordic embassies, EURES, national agencies, business organisations, interest organisations, etc.
We hope that you will find answers to your questions abut the Nordic Region on our web pages.