Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic Region. It seeks solutions with visible positive effects for everybody who lives in the Nordic countries.

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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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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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Representation Office for Greenland, Nordic co-operation (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

The work done by the Nordic Council of Ministers to abolish barriers to freedom of movement between the Nordic countries.

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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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Hello Norden
Hello 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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Øresund Direkt
Øresund Direkt 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 the Scandinavian Centre in Malmö. The Information Centre Øresund Direkt 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
Exchange Programme for Nordic Civil Servants (TJUT)

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)
The Nordic countries work together on business, energy and regional policies in order to promote continued positive growth in the Region. The Nordic Council of Ministers for Sustainable Growth consists of ministers responsible for business, energy and regional policy.
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Nordic Council of Ministers for Digitalisation 2017-2020 (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 2020. 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 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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Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (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 Legislative Affairs (MR-LAG)
The Nordic governments' co-operation in the area of legislation is led by the Nordic ministers of justice who make up MR-LAG. 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 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
Working groups and committee
Generalsekreteraren
Generalsekreterarens roll och initiativrätten Nordiska ministerrådets generalsekreterare utses av de nordiska regeringarna. Generalsekreterarens roll är att leda sekretariatets arbete. Ordförandeskapets och generalsekreterarens arbete sker enligt riktlinjer utarbetade av Nordiska samarbetskommittén (NSK), men generalsekreteraren har enligt arbetsordningen för Nordiska ministerrådet rätt och plikt att ta egna initiativ som han anser nödvändiga för att utveckla samarbetet. Detta kallas för initiativrätten och gäller hela sekretariatets arbete. Sekretariatet har alltså inte bara en passiv roll som praktisk samordnare för beslut tagna i ministerråden och ämbetsmannakommittéerna, utan ska också själv komma med förslag och spela en aktiv roll i att driva samarbetet framåt.
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Nordisk Ministerråds formandskab

Nordisk Ministerråds formandskaber

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Islands formandsskab 2019
Ungdommen, bæredygtig turisme og havmiljøet er de prioriterede områder under Islands formandskab i Nordisk Ministerråd 2019. Nordiske prioriteringer af ligestilling, digitalisering, bæredygtig udvikling samt FN’s verdensmål integreres i formandskabsprojekterne.
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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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Nordiska ministerrådets sekretariat
The address Ved Stranden 18 is home to the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers, along with the Nordic Council and the Nordic Cultural Fund.
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Department for HR, Administration and Law (HRAJ)
HRAJ is responsible for the following: overall financial control, including accounting and budgets; recruitment, skills enhancement and personnel, including wages, taxes and duties; service functions, including the reception and attendants; and co-ordinating and preparing meetings of the Council of Ministers for Legislative Affairs (MR-LAG).
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Department for Culture and Resources (KR)
Department for Culture and Resources (KR) co-ordinates Nordic co-operation in the areas of MR-Culture: Art and Culture projects, Media, the Nordic Houses and Children and Young People; MR-Gender Equality; MR-FJLS: Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry - including New Nordic Food.
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The Department of Knowledge and Welfare (KV)
The Department of Knowledge and Welfare (KV)
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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-V), the environment and climate (MR-MK), financial policy (MR-FINANS) and multi-sectoral work, including on the Artic and sustainable development.
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Secretary General's Office (GSK)
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 180 publications a year. About half of them consist of project reports, on the basis of which political decisions are often reached (the TemaNord series). The other half convey political messages (the ANP series). The Department also advises the Council of Ministers on matters concerning publishing and its visual identity. All publications are available as free downloads from www.norden.org/NordPub
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Interpretation and Translation Unit
The Interpretation and Translation Unit (TOLK) is responsible for translation and interpretation services at the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council. The unit has five advisers a student assistant.
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Web Editorial Office
The Web Editorial Office is responsible for the day-to-day administration and development of www.norden.org, social media and video. The editorial office consists of a web editor, a web staff member, a web developer and three students.
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Nordiska ministerrådets kontor i Baltikum
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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