Policy areas

Get insight into areas where the Nordic countries work together.

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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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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.

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Energy

All the Nordic countries have ambitious national targets for switching to sustainable energy and are pioneers of green energy solutions in a global context.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Language

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.

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Integration

The Nordic programme is designed to underpin the work done at national level, encourage the countries to work more closely together on the integration of refugees and immigrants, share experiences and generate new knowledge.

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Digitalisation

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 bioeconomy

The Nordic bioeconomy is about a green transition. It is about the replacement of unsustainable and fossil-based resources, through the upgrading of side streams and waste, and by creating circular and sustainable local solutions.