The President of the Nordic Council is elected at the Ordinary Session in the autumn. The President-elect is a member from the country in which the next Ordinary Session will be held. The Presidency, like the host country for the Sessions, alternates between the countries in accordance with an agreed rota which begins with Denmark, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland. The same country never holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers in the same year.
The President chairs the Presidium's meetings. The Vice-President stands in for the President in his absence. The President is responsible for the preparation of the meetings of the Presidium and other meetings, including the items on the agenda, which are drawn up with the Secretary General of the Council. The President must also ensure that the Presidium has a current action plan as well as maintaining contacts with the national parliaments, adjacent areas and relevant international organisations in the optimal way. Another important task for the President of the Nordic Council is to represent the Council on various occasions, both in the Nordic countries and abroad.