Policy areas

Get insight into areas where the Nordic countries work together.


Legislation and Justice

Similar legislation and interpretations of the law will play an important role in achieving the prime ministers’ objective of becoming the world's most integrated region.

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Working life

A good working life has always played a crucial role in the evolution of the welfare state, in business growth and in the personal development of the people of the Nordic Region.

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Digitalisation and innovation

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.



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 and LGBTI

Gender equality is a cornerstone of the modern Nordic welfare societies, and Nordic co-operation on gender equality has been a precondition of the successful Nordic labour market model.



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.