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Time to open the doors

Nordic and Baltic citizens will soon have digital access to each others’ public services. The key has already been developed. It is now up to the countries to decide which doors it will open.

The nominees of the 2019 Nordic Council Music Prize

Thirteen artists who have created unique pieces of music have been nominated for the 2019 Nordic Council Music Prize. The nominees include violinists, singers, conductors, music groups, and a mouthpiece quartet. The prize was first awarded in 1965 and recognises the creation and performance of music of a high artistic standard.

Nordic Council discusses democracy with Belarussian politicians

Democracy and freedom of expression were high on the agenda when politicians and representatives of a range of organisations in Belarus visited the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on Wednesday. The Nordic Council hosted the roundtable meeting.

The Nordic Region in Russian media – and vice versa

A new report from the Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC) states that in 2018 the coverage of Russia in the Nordic news media was generally negative, characterised by distrust of Russia and President Putin’s motives and actions. Conversely, the media in Moscow described the Nordic Region as part of a Europe in crisis with an amoral culture.

Education gets refugees into work

A new report takes a close look at the performance of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in helping refugees to access the labour market and the efforts behind this. Education has been shown to be effective in Norway and Sweden.

Education gets refugees into work

A new report takes a close look at the performance of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in helping refugees to access the labour market and the efforts behind this. Education has been shown to be effective in Norway and Sweden.

New biodiversity targets must set the bar high

The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. The Nordic ministers for the environment now want to set the bar high and ensure that the voice of young people is heard in negotiations for new UN targets.

Committee: prioritise outdoor life

A Nordic action plan for outdoor life would make more people active and protect nature at a time when interest in it is growing. This is important for both health and sustainability, according to the Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region, which discussed the issue at the Nordic Council Theme Session in Copenhagen.

Report: the time is right to promote the Nordic “peace” brand

The momentum and willingness are growing for the Nordic countries to work even more closely together on peace and conflict resolution. Opportunities are available right now to boost the “Nordic peace brand”, according to a new Nordic report.

Brexit calls for more Nordic-EU co-operation

“More Nordic co-operation is needed in the EU when the UK leaves” was one message that was put forward during an EU election debate in connection with the Nordic Council’s theme session in Copenhagen on Monday.

New biodiversity targets must set the bar high

The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. The Nordic ministers for the environment now want to set the bar high and ensure that the voice of young people is heard in negotiations for new UN targets.

Report: the time is right to promote the Nordic “peace” brand

The momentum and willingness are growing for the Nordic countries to work even more closely together on peace and conflict resolution. Opportunities are available right now to boost the “Nordic peace brand”, according to a new Nordic report.

More women needed in high-tech jobs

More women technicians and engineers will be needed in the labour market of the future. Unless something is done to address the issue soon, new technology will be designed almost exclusively by men. The Nordic labour ministers have launched a research project to look at ways to balance out recruitment to engineering and technology subjects.

Nordic Region inspires ILO to pursue equal pay and lifelong learning

“The best thing about the Nordic labour model is that it works!” These were the words of Guy Ryder, Director General of the ILO, when he met the Nordic ministers for labour in Reykjavik on Wednesday. Although the Nordic countries have some work ahead of them if they are to maintain a high level of education, social justice, and financial security in tomorrow’s labour market, they have begun to take important steps for lifelong learning.

Early childhood education and care – the foundation for life

Many other countries look to the Nordic model of preschool provision with its inclusive, universal and unique combination of care, play and learning. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is the most important building block for the learning of the future in the Nordic Region. It is crucial to guarantee high quality and investment in the conditions under which children grow up.

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