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From crisis to opportunity - Nordic co-operation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: What now?

23.03.22 | Tapahtuma
Join us on Nordic Day, 23 March, for the launch of the report State of the Nordic Region. At the event, we will present our findings on how the Nordic Region fared during the pandemic in terms of economics, demographics and the labour market.

Breakfast is served from 08.30

The event is both in person and livestreamed.


09:00 - 09:45



Live from 9.00-9.45 am (CET), the 23 of March

The COVID-19 crisis was a major challenge for Nordic co-operation. All the Nordic countries adopted an inward-looking, state-centric approach, rather than a collective and coordinated transnational response to the crisis. This particularly affected cross-border regions, where abrupt border closures and restrictions exacerbated the impact of the pandemic for families, friends and businesses.

So where do we go from here? While the pandemic exposed some weaknesses and vulnerabilities in Nordic co-operation, it also serves as a reminder of its advantages, particularly the benefits of cross-border freedom of movement for local economies, labour markets and people.

Are we seeing increasing interest in Nordic co-operation? How will the governments respond to the wishes of their people? And where do we go from here?

The pandemic offers an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate the nature of Nordic co-operation . On Nordic Day, 23 March, a panel of Nordic experts will do just that.

Panel discussion

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion based on the insights from the report.

Keynote speakers

  • Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norwegian Minister for Nordic Co-operation
  • Gustaf Norlén, editor and author


  • Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norwegian Minister for Nordic Co-operation
  • Rasmus Jungersen Emborg, President of the Nordic Youth Council
  • Helge Orten, Nordic Council, Vice Chair of the Norwegian delegation
  • Gustaf Norlén, Senior Cartographer, Nordregio


The discussion will be moderated by Hilde Sandvik.


Anne Beathe Tvinnereim (Centre Party) is the Minister of International Development and of Nordic Co-operation.

Rasmus Jungersen Emborg has been President of the Nordic Youth Council since 2021He is a member of the youth section of the Social Democrats in Denmark. He believes that closer co-operation between the Nordic countries is necessary for the wellbeing of young people.

Helge Orten is the Vice Chair of the Norwegian delegation to the Nordic Council. Orten is elected to the Norwegian parliament for the Conservative Party and is a member of the Finance Committee in the Norwegian parliament. The Nordic Council celebrates 70 years of service for Nordic citizens in 2022.

Gustaf Norlén is a Senior Cartographer at Nordregio. He specializes in quantitative statistival data management and regional development analysis with a geographical focus on the Nordic region and the Baltic Sea Region. Norlén is one of the main authors behind the report “State of the Nordic Region”.

Hilde Sandvik (Moderator) is a journalist and host of the podcast “Norsken, svensken og dansken”, broadcasted on NRK, DR and SVT. She is the founder of the Nordic news and debate site

Stay tuned, there’s more to come