Nordic cooperation aims to promote common Nordic interests and values. Official Nordic cooperation takes place through the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Nordic cooperation involves Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland as well as the self-governing territories Åland, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.
The Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, leading this work, rotates on an annual basis. Iceland will hold the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019. Iceland’s three priority areas are youth, sustainable tourism and the marine environment. The Nordic priorities of gender equality, digitalisation, sustainable development, and the UN’s sustainable development goals will all be integrated into the presidency projects.
Two Councils of Ministers deal with economic affairs and employment
The Nordic cooperation matters involving the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment are considered at the Nordic Council of Ministers for Sustainable Growth (MR-VÆKST) and the Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A). The latter Council also discusses matters falling under the mandate of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Nordic ministers and public officials meet regularly in inter-governmental, regional and bilateral events to discuss topical Nordic issues and implement common measures. In many sectors, cooperation is pursued even outside the inter-governmental sphere (e.g. Nordic Investment Bank) and in collaboration with the Baltic States and other countries.
Committees of Senior Officials, working under the Councils of Ministers, prepare matters for the ministers and are responsible for implementing and developing measures in their sectors. Specialised joint Nordic research institutes work under the Committees of Senior Officials and produce research for use in Nordic policymaking. The Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health is set up by the Council of Ministers for Labour and operates in Helsinki.
The following departments of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment are active in the Nordic cooperation: Regions and Growth Services, Innovations and Enterprise Financing, Energy, and Employment and Well-functioning Markets.
Riikka Aaltonen (Innovations and Enterprise Financing) riikka.aaltonen(at)tem.fi
Maria Kekki (Energy) maria.kekki(at)tem.fi
Leif Ehrstén (Regions and Growth Services) leif.ehrsten(at)tem.fi
Lippe Koivuneva (Employment and Well-functioning Markets) lippe.koivuneva(at)tem.fi