The Nordic Council was formed in 1952 to coordinate cooperation between the parliaments and governments of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Finland joined in 1955. When the Nordic Council of Ministers was formed in 1971, the Nordic Council was transformed into a purely interparliamentary body.The Council consists of 87 MPs elected by the national parliaments. The delegations from the Faroe Islands and Greenland form part of the Danish delegation. The delegation from Åland forms part of the Finnish delegation. The Council launches initiatives of its own, acts in an advisory capacity, acts in a supervisory capacity and plays a proactive role in official Nordic co-operation. The Nordic Council bodies consist of the Plenary, Presidium and committees.