Policy areas

Get insight into areas where the Nordic countries work together.

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The Nordic countries work together on digitalisation. The goal is to turn the Nordic/Baltic region into a coherent and integrated digital region. Working together provides benefits for the people, businesses and public sectors of the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Nordic co-operation on disability contributes to the inclusion of people with disabilities by way of the enhanced sharing of knowledge throughout the region and close co-operation with regard to disability policy issues.

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The environment and climate

The Nordic Region is seen as a role model with regard to the environment and climate. An important reason for this is the region’s long tradition of political co-operation. The challenges we face are growing in size and number, which makes co-operation even more important going forwards.

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Sustainable Development

The Nordic countries agree that the whole Region has to work together towards sustainable development. Achieving sustainable development is an ambitious but necessary goal.


Children and young people

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ strategy states that “the Nordic Region must be the best place in the world for children and young people”.

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All the Nordic countries have ambitious national targets for switching to sustainable energy and are pioneers of green energy solutions in a global context. Nordic co-operation aims to support these national targets so that the Nordic Region can maintain its world-leading position.


Art and culture

Nordic cultural co-operation forms a strong overall unit in which art and culture make up the cornerstone of the community spirit that binds the Nordic countries together. This cultural cooperation greatly influences the world around it and reflects the foundation of our common Nordic values.

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Education and research

One of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ political priorities is to ensure that people of all ages have access to the highest quality education and research community possible throughout the Region .


Gender equality

The Nordic countries have worked together for over four decades to improve gender equality in all aspects of society. Gender equality between the sexes is a condition for the success of the Nordic Model and a pillar of the modern Nordic welfare states.



Mutual understanding of each other’s languages promotes mobility between the Nordic countries and enhances the sense of affinity between the peoples of the Region.

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Health and Social Affairs policies

The aim of Nordic co-operation on health and welfare is to ensure social security and social rights for everyone living in the Nordic Region. We work to prevent social inequality and avoid the marginalisation of socially vulnerable individuals and groups.

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Freedom of movement

Promoting freedom of movement is about creating a more open Nordic Region, where it is possible to relocate, commute, study and run a business across national borders without getting bogged down in grey areas or caught up in ambiguous red tape. An open Nordic Region benefits us all.