Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013–2020


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The Nordic Council of Ministers is a central platform for cultural co-operation in the Nordic countries. The activities of the Council of Ministers in the field of culture interact with other areas of formal and informal Nordic co-operation, both in and outside the Nordic region. In a global context, the Nordic region will continue to lead the way as a creative and open region in terms of art and culture.Nordic cultural co-operation will manage the historical, cultural and linguistic heritage and ensure continuity, but will also encourage new cultural expressions and impulses. Changes in circumstances relating to cultural life and art, demography and technology call for flexibility and renewal. It is important that cultural policy is developed and implemented on the basis of relevant and current facts, research and knowledge.Fundamental to Nordic cultural co-operation is the principle of Nordic added value, i.e. that the collaboration involves areas where the Nordic countries have common interests and face common challenges. Exchange of experiences, skills, and formation of networks will enable efficiency and development.The cultural co-operation will promote sustainable development. This involves joint efforts to stimulate inclusive, accessible and gender-equal culture and art that challenges norms and values, and that gives people a greater sense of purpose and belonging. Broad cultural co-operation will develop a sense of community and understanding between everyone living in the Nordic region, and will enhance cohesion.The Nordic Model and Nordic art and culture are in great demand internationally. The Nordic cultural co-operation will communicate values such as democracy, freedom of expression and the importance of civil society in both international and regional contexts.
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