Nordic Co-operation

Nordic co-operation, one of the most extensive forms of regional co-operation anywhere in the world, involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands.

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    Nordic Co-operation

    The Nordic prime ministers
    The prime ministers have overall responsibility for co-operation between the governments. They meet twice a year for that express purpose and also get together at other events.
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    Heads of government for the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland
    Representatives for the governments of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland participate in the Nordic Council of Ministers' work. The Åland Document, which was adopted in September 2007, has strengthened the participation of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland in Nordic co-operation
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    Nordic Council
    Committees
    Control Committee
    The Control Committee exercises the parliamentary control over work financed by joint Nordic funds.
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    Presidium
    The Presidium, which represents the Nordic Council's political leadership, is responsible for the overall political matters, planning and budgets, as well as foreign and security policy parliamentary co-operation.
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    Committee for a Sustainable Nordic Region
    The Committee for a Sustainable Nordic Region works on issues and cases involving the protection of the environment and nature and on questions of natural resources – including how they are used in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Climate issues are also an important part of its work – including the consequences of climate change, which are having a particular impact on the most northerly parts of the Nordic Region, e.g. Greenland, where the ice is melting, but also have global consequences and cause climate refugees. The committee also deals with consumer rights, fisheries management, agricultural policy, food, nuclear safety, biodiversity and sustainability. In all of the areas mentioned above, the Committee for a Sustainable Nordic Region, focuses on both Nordic and global challenges and on potential solutions.
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    Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region
    The Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region works on issues and cases affecting culture, research and education, primary and secondary schools, adult education and general education – including matters of language co-operation, new media, skills enhancement and innovation in study programmes. In many senses, education and information are the path to a good life – at work and at home for people of all ages – protecting them to an extent from the threat of unemployment, poverty, abuse, etc. The Committee also deals with civil society and the volunteer sector, both of which play important roles in a democratic welfare state. Sport, languages, film and media, general and diverse arts and culture, children’s and youth culture also fall within the remit of the Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region.
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    Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region
    The Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region focuses on the welfare model, and strives to find solutions that are both sustainable and cost-effective. The Committee has a wide-ranging remit. It addresses topics like caring for children, young people and the elderly, disability, alcohol, drugs and other abuse issues, gender equality, civil liberties, democracy, human rights, the war on crime, integration, migration and refugees, housing policy and the indigenous peoples of the Region.
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    Committee for Growth and Development in the Nordic Region
    The Committee for Growth and Development in the Nordic Region deals with issues and questions relating to the labour market and the working environment, business, trade and industry, energy, freedom of movement, transport and transport safety. Promoting freedom of movement in the labour market is one of the most important aspects of Nordic co-operation and one of the keys to encouraging business and maintaining prosperity. Promoting freedom of movement helps to maintain the Nordic model, which is universally admired and makes it easier to study or work across borders. The Committee also deals with fiscal and economic policies, including the framework conditions for research, production and trade and – in the extension of this – freedom of movement, including in the labour market. The remit of the Committee for Growth and Development in the Nordic Region also includes regional and structural policy, communications and IT.
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    Election Committee
    The Election Committee prepares and submits proposals for the elections that are held during the plenary assembly.
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    Party groups
    Conservative Group
    The Conservative Group has members representing 7 national member parties from the five Nordic countries and from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
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    Conservative People's Party of Denmark - Det Konservative Folkeparti (KF)
    Faroese People's Party - Fólkaflokkurin (Ff)
    Conservative Party of Norway - Høyre (H)
    Moderate Coalition of Åland
    The Moderate Coalition of Åland is a centre-right political party. The party was founded in 1967 and adopted its current name in 2013 following a merger with the Moderates of Åland and the Non-aligned Coalition.
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    The Moderate Party (M)
    The Moderates are Sweden's second largest party, and the largest party in the conservative coalition alliance. The Moderates have held the prime minister post since 2006.
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    Non-aligned Coalition (Obunden samling (ObS))
    National Coalition Party of Finland - Kokoomus (saml)
    Independence Party of Iceland - Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (Sj.)
    The Social Democrat Group
    The Social Democrat Group is the largest party group on the Nordic Council and consists of representatives of parties in all the Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
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    Norwegian Labour Party (A)
    Finland's Social Democratic Party (sd)
    The Social Democrats are one of Finland's largest parties. The most recent Social Democratic President of Finland was Tarja Halonen, 2000-2012.
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    Javnaðarflokkurin (Jvfl.)
    Social Democratic Party (Samfylkingin (Sf) – Iceland)
    Siumut (S)
    Åland Social Democrats (ÅSD)
    Åland's Social Democratic party is the oldest party in Åland, with roots going back to 1906.
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    Social Democrats (S)
    The Danish party the Social Democrats was established in 1871. Today it is Denmark's second largest party.
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    Swedish Social Democratic Party (S)
    Centre Group
    The Centre Group in the Nordic Council represents members and substitutes from the Nordic countries, and from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland, who belong to the central Liberal, Green and Christian Democratic member parties.
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    Flokkur fólksins – Flf (People’s Party, Iceland)
    Miðflokkurinn – Mifl (Centre Party, Iceland)
    Future of Åland (ÅF)
    Åland Centre (ÅC)
    Åland Centre has been the party in with the most seats (7 out of 30) in the Åland parliament since the election of 2011. Åland Centre has two ministerial posts in the Åland government.
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    Atassut (A)
    Björt framtíð (BF)
    Centre Party of Finland (cent)
    Centre Party (C)
    The Centre Party of Sweden is a political party with a green liberal ideology. Important issues for the Centre Party are employment and business, the climate and welfare.
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    De Gröna (gröna)
    The Democrats (D)
    The Democrats (Demokraatit) is a liberal political party in Greenland.
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    Framsókn (Progress Party, Faroe Islands)
    Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn (Frfl) – Iceland)
    Hållbart Initiativ
    Hållbart Initiativ
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    Christian Democrats (KD)
    The Christian Democrats are a political party in Sweden. The party stands for Christian values and profiles itself especially on issues related to health, care, family and business.
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    Christian Democrats in Finland (kd)
    Kristeligt Folkeparti (KrF)
    Liberal Alliance (LA)
    Swedish Liberal Party (L)
    Liberals for Åland (Lib)
    The Liberals for Åland is a liberal political party of the Åland Islands. In the elections in 2007 the party was the largest in Åland but in the last election in 2011 the party's electoral support dropped significantly. Today the party has 6 out of 30 seats in the Åland parliament and is in opposition.
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    Green Party (MP)
    The Green Party is a political party in Sweden that stands for green values. In addition to climate issues, the party also focuses on migration, education and employment.
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    Miðflokkurin (Mfl.)
    Partii Inuit
    Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre (RV))
    The Cooperation Party
    Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin) (sb)
    Centre Party (Senterpartiet) (Sp)
    Sjálvstýrisflokkurin (Sjfl.)
    Swedish People's Party (sv)
    The Swedish People's Party aims to preserve the status of the Swedish language in Finland and to take care of the interests of Finland-Swedes. The party has been in government since 1979 with one or two ministerial posts.
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    Denmark's Liberal Party (Venstre) (V)
    Venstre (V), The Liberal Party of Norway
    Viðreisn – The Reform Party
    Viðreisn (Vi) was founded on 24 May 2016. The party entered the Icelandic parliament for the first time after the general election in autumn 2016. Viðreisn is part of the Centre Group.
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    Nordic Freedom
    The Nordic Freedom Group on the Nordic Council brings together members and substitutes from Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The Group supports freedom, democracy and the idea of ​​independent nation states.
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    Danish People’s Party (DF)
    True Finns (Sannfinländarna)
    Sweden Democrats (SD)
    The Sweden Democrats are a nationalistic and social conservative political party. The party was elected to the Swedish parliament for the first time in 2010.
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    Nordic Green Left
    The Nordic Green Left party group on the Nordic Council consists of members and substitutes belonging to left-wing parties from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The Group has members from eight different parties.
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    The Alternative (ALT)
    For Danes who want to build a green, sustainable, democratic, socially just and entrepreneurial world.
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    Red-Green Alliance of Denmark (Enhedslisten EL)
    Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA)
    Red Party (R)
    Socialist People's Party of Denmark (Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF))
    The Socialist Left Party of Norway (Sosialistisk Venstreparti (SV))
    Tjóðveldi (T)
    Left Alliance (vänst)
    Left Alliance (fi. Vasemmistoliitto) is a left-wing party whose values are equality, freedom and sustainable development. It is the fifth largest party in Finland.
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    Vänsterpartiet (V)
    Left-Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð (VG) – Iceland)
    Vinstrihreyfingin – grænt framboð (Left-Green Movement, Iceland)
    Unaffiliated Political Parties (outside the main Party Groups)
    Blue Reform
    The Progressive Party (FRP)
    Hreyfingin (Hr)
    Naleraq (GL)
    The separatist political party of Greenland - Nunatta Qitornai
    The separatist political party of Greenland - Nunatta Qitornai
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    Nye Borgerlige (NB)
    National Delegations
    Delegation from Åland
    The Danish Delegation
    The Finnish Delegation
    Delegation from the Faroe Islands
    Delegation from Greenland
    The Icelandic Delegation
    National delegation secretariats
    Below listed are the staff at the national delegation secretariats.
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    The Norwegian Delegation
    The Swedish Delegation
    Programme for the Presidency
    Finnish programme for the Presidency of the Nordic Council 2022
    Danish programme for the Presidency of the Nordic Council 2021
    The Danish Presidency 2021 focuses on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and on the removal of barriers to cross-border freedom of movement in the Nordic Region. The priorities for the Presidency will be Nordic co-operation on defence and contingency planning, the climate, tourism, and culture and language initiatives by and for young people.
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    Icelandic programme for the Presidency of the Nordic Council 2020
    The three main priorities for the Icelandic Presidency are to protect democracy, preserve biodiversity and promote knowledge of the Nordic languages.
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    The Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council 2019
    Everyday life in the Nordic region - democracy and popular support
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    Programme for the Norwegian presidency of the Nordic Council 2018

    In a world marked by change and unrest, Nordic co-operation is more relevant than ever before. An unpredictable security scenario and a growing need to adapt to the challenges of the future mean that we in the Nordic region stand stronger together than individually.

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    Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council 2017
    Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council 2017
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    Danmarks præsidentskabsprogram for Nordisk Råd 2016

    Program for Danmarks præsidentskabsprogram for Nordisk Råd 2016

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    Islands ordförandeskap i Nordiska rådet 2015
    Program för Islands presidentskap i Nordiska rådet år 2015
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    Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council 2014

    Programme for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2014.

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    The Nordic Council Secretariat
    The Nordic Council Secretariat prepares and follows up on the issues discussed by the Presidium, and by its committees and other organs.
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    Nordic Council's office in Brussels
    The Nordic Council has an office in Brussels, the purpose of which is to keep track of EU matters that may be of interest to the Nordic Council, as well as to maintain contact with Nordic stakeholders in Brussels. Contact between the European Parliament and the Nordic Council is especially important. The office opened in September 2017 and is staffed by one person.
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    Nordic Youth Council (UNR)
    The Nordic Youth Council is a forum for the youth wings of political organisations in the Nordic Region.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers
    Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM)
    Although the prime ministers have formal responsibility for Nordic inter-governmental co-operation, in practice they delegate it to the Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM).
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    Nordic Migrant Expert Forum
    The Nordic Migrant Expert Forum is linked to the Nordic co-operation programme on the integration of refugees and immigrants and aims to provide a well-founded and diverse knowledge base for Nordic co-operation on integration.
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    The Nordic Committee for Co-operation (NSK)
    The Committee for Co-operation is responsible for the day-to-day work of Nordic co-operation and for the Council of Ministers’ Secretariat in Copenhagen. It is composed of senior civil servants from the Nordic countries.
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    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Greenland (GL)
    Faroese Government, Nordic Co-operation
    Nordic Co-operation Office (ÅL)
    Nordic Secretariat, Nordic Co-operation
    The Foreign Ministry, Nordic Co-operation, (FI)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nordic co-operation (NO)
    Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Nordic co-operation (SV)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretariat for the Minister for Nordic Co-operation (DK)
    Expert Group for Sustainable Development
    The Expert Group advises the Nordic Co-operation Committee and the Ministers for Co-operation on sustainable development.
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    Arctic Expert Committee
    An Advisory Expert Committee was established in conjunction with the adoption of the new Arctic Co-operation Programme in 2002. The Arctic Expert Committee is made up of Nordic members of the Arctic Council and representatives from the autonomous territories. In Nordic Council terms the Arctic Expert Committee will offer advice to the Ministers for Co-operation and the Nordic Co-operation Committee on matters relating to the Arctic.
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    Secretariat for the Arctic Expert Committee
    The Freedom of Movement Council
    The Freedom of Movement Council is a politically appointed body, set up by the Nordic governments to promote freedom of movement in the Nordic region for people and companies. It started work in 2014. The chair rotates annually between the national representatives in line with the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The chair and the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers have the overall responsibility for work on freedom of movement.
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    Freedom of Movement
    Efforts relating to freedom of movement are a key area of Nordic co-operation and are included in the efforts to fulfil the vision of the Nordic prime ministers to make the Nordic Region the most integrated region in the world. These efforts are overseen by the Freedom of Movement Council, which was established in January 2014. Based on the renewal of the Freedom of Movement Council’s mandate in 2018, there is a quantitative goal of removing between eight and twelve obstacles to freedom of movement each year within the labour market, society, education, and business and industry.
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    Informationstjenester

    Informationstjenester under MR-SAM

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    The Border Service
    The Border Service is a border and cross-agency co-operation between Sweden and Norway. The Border Service's main task is to receive and deal with questions from people and companies that take part in some form of cross-border activities.
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    Info Norden
    Info Norden is the information service of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The purpose of the service is to make it easier for people to move between the Nordic countries.
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    The Nordic Region in Focus
    The Nordic Region in Focus gives a Nordic angle to the national debate. The Nordic Region in Focus offices organise seminars and exhibitions on current topics such as politics, the environment, business and culture. The main target groups are civil servants, politicians, journalists and interest organisations.
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    Nordic Information Office in South Jutland/South Schleswig
    The job of the Nordic Information Office is to provide information about formal Nordic co-operation and co-ordinate official Nordic activities in the border region between Denmark and Germany. It promotes Nordic culture via activities such as visits by authors, art exhibitions, concerts, reading groups and exchange visits to other Nordic countries. Its remit also includes enhancing knowledge of South Jutland and South Schleswig in the rest of the Nordic Region.
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    Crossborder Tornedalen
    Crossborder Tornedalen provides specific advice on border problems, provides information and guidance to individuals, businesses and organisations that have cross-border activities in the North Calotte area of Finland/Sweden and Finland/Norway. In addition, Crossborder Tornedalen aims to improve freedom of movement.
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    Øresunddirekt
    Øresunddirekt provides public service information from the authorities to citizens and businesses in the Øresund region. Øresund Direkt consists of a web editorial office in Copenhagen and an information centre in Hjälmaregatan 3 in Malmö. The Information Centre Øresunddirekt in Malmö is assisted on-site by staff from the Employment Service, Försäkringskassan (social insurance system), the County Board and Skatteverket (the tax agency) who provide information from the authorities from an Øresund perspective.
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    The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK)
    NORDBUK is the Council of Ministers’ advisory and co-ordinating body for issues relating to children and young people.
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    NORDBUK Secretariat
    Nordic Exchange Programme (NORUT)
    This programme provides civil servants with the opportunity to learn how things are done in another Nordic country (or countries). A group consisting of one member each from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland allocates the money earmarked for the annual pool.
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    Council of Ministers
    Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A)
    The Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A) consists of the national ministers for employment and labour. Its remit covers intergovernmental co-operation on employment issues, the labour market, the working environment and labour law.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers for Sustainable Growth (MR-VÆKST)
    Nordic Council of Ministers for Digitalisation 2017-2024 (MR-DIGITAL)
    On 22 June 2017, MR-SAM decided to establish an ad hoc council of ministers for digitalisation (MR-DIGITAL) for the period 2017 to 2024. MR-DIGITAL has one minister each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. The following ministers have been appointed to MR-DIGITAL
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    Committees of Senior Officials
    Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS)
    Nordic Council of Ministers for Justice Affairs (MR-JUST)
    The Nordic governments' co-operation in the area of legislation is led by the Nordic ministers of justice who make up MR-JUST. Legislative co-operation is a tool for the Nordic countries in the work to promote the fundamental common principles of Nordic legislation.
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    Nordic Council of Minsters for Culture (MR-K)
    The culture ministers from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland have the overarching responsibility for cultural co-operation within the Nordic Council of Ministers. The main objectives include encouraging diversity of cultural expression and promoting artists and their work.
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    The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality and LGBTI (MR-JÄM)
    Inter-governmental work on gender equality is the remit of MR-JÄM, which consists of the national ministers for gender equality. The shared culture, history and democratic traditions of the Nordic countries enable them to work closely and constructively together on gender equality.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment and Climate (MR-MK)

    The Council of Ministers for the Environment and Climate (MR-MK) is responsible for the Nordic inter-governmental co-operation on environmental issues. Its remit includes preserving and enhancing the quality of the environment and of life in the Region and exerting influence on regional and international co-operation.

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    Nordic Council of Ministers for Health and Social Affairs (MR-S)
    The Nordic governments' co-operation within the social and health care sector is led by the Nordic ministers for health and social affairs who make up MR-S. Nordic co-operation within the social and health care area is based on common values which constitute the basis of the Nordic welfare model.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U)
    Inter-governmental co-operation on research and education is headed up by the education and research ministers, who make up the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U). The role of the Council of Ministers is to help ensure that the Nordic Region remains a world leader in knowledge and skills.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers for Finance (MR-FINANS)
    The remit of MR-FINANS consists of inter-governmental co-operation on economic and financial affairs. MR-FINANS meets once a year to discuss areas of fiscal policy where Nordic co-operation generates greater value than if the countries act alone.
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    Committees of Senior Officials
    Committees of Senior Officials
    Working groups and committee
    The Secretary General
    The Secretary General and the right of initiative The Nordic governments appoint the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, whose job is to manage the Secretariat. Although the work of the Presidency and the Secretary General are subject to guidelines drawn up by the Nordic Committee for Co-operation (NSK), under the rules of procedure for the Nordic Council of Ministers the Secretary General also has the right and duty to present initiatives deemed necessary to develop co-operation. This prerogative is known as the right of initiative and applies to all of the work done by the Secretariat. In other words, the Secretariat does not just have a passive role as the practical coordinator of decisions taken by councils of ministers and committees of senior officials, it also puts forward proposals and plays an active role in driving co-operation forward.
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    Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers
    Norwegian presidency 2022
    The focus of Norway’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers will be on the three priority areas of a green, competitive, and socially sustainable Nordic Region. We will step up efforts relating to the vision, help to increase the pace of the green transition, and ensure that the Nordic Council of Ministers works effectively. Together we will build a stronger and greener Nordic Region.
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    The Finnish Presidency 2021
    Finland’s presidency programme is based on the vision for Nordic co-operation, which states that the Nordic Region shall be the most integrated and sustainable region in the world. Furthermore, the programme for 2021 draws up guidelines for active co-operation on the creation of a greener, more competitive, and more socially sustainable Nordic Region.
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    The Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020
    Working Together on Solutions for the Future is both the title and the ambition for the joint Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020. The programme seeks to implement the Council of Ministers’ new Vision 2030, i.e. to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.
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    Iceland’s Presidency 2019
    Youth, sustainable tourism and the marine environment are the priority areas under the Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019. Nordic priorities for gender equality, digitisation, sustainable development and the UN's global goals are integrated into the projects of the Presidency.
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    Sweden’s presidency 2018

    An inclusive, sustainable, innovative, safe, and open Nordic Region forms the basis for Sweden’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. Digitisation is a recurrent theme throughout Sweden’s presidency programme.

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    Norwegian presidency 2017
    Norway holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017. The programme for the Norwegian presidency focuses on the Nordic Region in transition, the Nordic Region in the world and the Nordic Region in Europe.
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    The Finnish Presidency 2016
    Finland holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. The main themes for the Presidency are water, nature and people.
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    The Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2015
    Growth, welfare and values are the keywords of the 2015 Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
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    Icelandic Presidency Programme 2014
    The green economy and security for the Nordic welfare state will be in focus during the Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014.
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    Secretary of the Nordic Council of Ministers
    Department for HR, Administration and Law (HRAJ)
    The Department is responsible for recruitment, staff development, human resource management, for service functions (including IT, the reception and attendants) and for co-ordinating and preparing meetings of the Council of Ministers for Justice Affairs (MR-JUST).
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    Department for Culture and Resources (KR)
    The Department for Culture and Resources co-ordinates the work done by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture (MR-K) on art and cultural projects, media and the Nordic houses; the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation (MR-SAM) on children and young people (the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People); the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality and LGBTI (MR-JÄM) on equality and LGBTI, and the Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) on fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture, food, forestry and New Nordic Food.
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    The Department of Knowledge and Welfare (KV)
    The Department of Knowledge and Welfare works with initiatives pertaining to education and research, social matters including health and welfare issues, as well as labour market matters. The department holds primary responsibility for Nordic co-operation on language and is responsible for inter-sectoral efforts regarding integration on behalf of the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation.
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    Department for Growth and Climate (VK)
    The remit of the Department for Growth and Climate includes co-ordinating Nordic co-operation on sustainable growth (MR-VÆKST), the environment and climate (MR-MK), digitalisation (MR-DIGITAL) and financial policy (MR-FINANS).
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    Secretary General's Office (GSK)
    HR & Admin
    HR & Admin has the overall responsibility for recruitment, staff development, legal matters and the administration of grants. It is also responsible for in-house service functions such as IT, the reception and general administration and for co-ordinating and preparing meetings of the Council of Ministers for Justice Affairs (MR-JUST).
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    Communications Department (KOMM)
    Together with the head of communications, KOMM's information officers, website staff, interpreters, translators, publications staff, project workers, administrators and student helpers look after long-term and day-to-day communication and information work for the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
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    Publications Department
    The Publications Department serves as the publishing house for the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat. We produce about 200 publications a year. Some publications present the results of research projects that are wholly or partly funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, while some publications are commissioned by the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers and consist, for example, of policy programmes, action plans, and analyses. The Department also advises on matters concerning publishing and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ visual identity. All publications are available as free downloads from www.norden.org/NordPub.
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    The Interpretation and Translation Unit

    The main responsibility of the Interpretation and Translation Unit (TOLK) is to provide translation and interpretation services to the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council. The unit consists of four advisors and a coordinator.

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    Web Editorial Office
    The digital media office is responsible for the development and operation of www.norden.org, social media, and video, as well as the digital strategy. The editorial office consists of a digital editor, a digital advisor, a web developer, and three students. If you have any queries regarding our web pages, please contact the web editorial office by e-mail at: webredaktionen@norden.org
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    Nordic Council of Ministers’ Baltic offices
    Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia
    One of the office’s most important tasks is to pick up on new trends and look for new opportunities for joint Nordic-Estonian co-operation, in dialogue with the Nordic embassies, with which the office has a close working relationship. The office also works broadly as the advocate of all that is ‘Nordic’ and promotes Nordic co-operation in Estonia.
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    The Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia
    The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia is a part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Secretariat and serves as a catalyst for the Nordic-Baltic cooperation in Latvia. The Office works closely with the Nordic diplomatic representations in Latvia and coordinates joint Nordic initiatives, as well as identifies trends and opportunities for the Nordic–Baltic cooperation.
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    Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Lithuania
    One of the office's most important tasks is to catch new trends and look for new opportunities for joint Nordic-Lithuanian co-operation, in dialogue with the Nordic embassies, with which the office has a close working relationship. The office also works broadly as the advocate of all that is 'Nordic' and promotes Nordic Co-operation in Lithuania.
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