About the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council

The Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official cooperative body of the Nordic governments and thus forms a central part of formal Nordic cooperation. The Nordic Council of Ministers was established in 1971 and consists of the governments from the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) and the home rule governments in the three autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. Executive responsibility lies with the prime ministers, but, in practice, responsibility is delegated to the Ministers for Nordic Cooperation and the Nordic Committee for Cooperation.

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers rotates between the five Nordic countries for a period of one year at a time.

 

The Nordic Council

The Nordic Council is a body that brings together the parliaments of the Nordic countries and is, like the Nordic Council of Ministers, central to formal Nordic cooperation. The Nordic Council was established in 1952 and includes the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the three autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands. The Council aims to maintain and develop Nordic cooperation in the areas of justice, culture, communications, environment and social and economic issues.

The Nordic Council presents a number of annual awards:

  • Nordic Council Literature Prize
  • Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize
  • The Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize
  • Nordic Council Music Prize
  • Nordic Council Film Prize

 

Focus areas for both councils

One of the main tasks of the Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council is to remove the barriers standing in the way of inter-Nordic cooperation, especially between enterprises, associations and organisations of various kinds. Nordic global competitiveness, education, research, innovation, increased profiling of the Nordic countries, the environment, climate and energy and – not least –  the removal of border barriers are also significant focus areas for both Councils.

The Nordic Council of Ministers supports the Nordic Network’s aim of strengthening civil society in the Nordic region and cooperation between civil society organisations and the Nordic Council/Council of Ministers and public authorities.

Find out more about the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council on the official website www.norden.org