20 June: Launch of the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations

26.05.23 | News
Harpa, kulturhus på Island
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On 20 June, the sixth edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations will be published at an international event in Iceland. For the first time, the Nordics will present scientific recommendations not only about which food is good for health, but also what’s good for the environment.

“The new edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations is a pioneering feat of work. It will guide us in how we should eat for our own health, as well as the health of the planet,” says Karen Ellemann, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which commissioned and funded the report.

Firmly rooted in science

As before, the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations describe the quantity of vitamins and minerals, fats, and carbohydrates the body needs in order to feel well.

The report is firmly rooted in science. For four decades, it has served as the basis for national dietary guidelines in the Nordic and Baltic countries and has been translated into healthy food in public-sector kitchens, elderly care facilities, schools, and hospitals.

The new edition also integrates health, climate, and the environment in the recommendations for the first time.

New recommendations for meat and sugar

A lot has happened in research since the last edition in 2012. The launch of the report follows five years of work by around 400 Nordic and international researchers who examined thousands of research studies.

The updated report is expected to contain, among other things, new information about the recommended maximum intake of sugar and the quantity of whole grains in our diet. The recommended amount of meat is expected to decrease, both for health and environmental reasons. This has sparked debate even before the launch.

Follow the launch digitally!

The launch at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, is open to the press and invited guests, and can also be followed live digitally from 15:00 to 16:30 (BST), 16:00 to 17:30 (CEST).

Rune Blomhoff, project leader for the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations and professor at the University of Oslo, is presenting the report.

Press conference on 20 June

The launch day starts with a press conference from 08:00 to 08:45 (GMT) / 10:00 to 10:45 (CEST) at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. You can attend in person in Reykjavik or digitally via Zoom. The press conference will be held in English. 


  • Rune Blomhoff, Professor, Oslo University and Project Leader of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2023 
  • Karen Ellemann, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers 
  • Stefanos Fotiou, Director, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, and FAO Office of Sustainable Development Goals

Facts/The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, NNR

  • The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are the scientific basis for national dietary advice in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are thus not the same thing as national dietary advice. The national authorities formulate the dietary guidelines for their respective country.
  • The updated Nordic Nutrition Recommendations report has examined the health impact of 36 nutrients and 15 food groups.
  • The work is led by a committee with representatives from the health and food authorities in the Nordic countries.
  • Prior to the launch on 20 June 2023, around 70 background articles and the draft of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations were submitted for public consultation for a period of eight weeks for each consultation process.
  • Co-operation between the five Nordic countries has resulted in five previous editions of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, the first of which was published in 1980.
  • The last version, from 2012, has been downloaded more than 300,000 times by decision-makers, researchers, and students worldwide.
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