Nordic cooperation, one of the oldest and most wide-ranging regional partnerships in the world, involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Co-operation reinforces the sense of Nordic community while respecting national differences and similarities, makes it possible to uphold Nordic interests in the world at large and promotes positive relations between neighbouring peoples.
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NORDIC COUNCIL and NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
Co-operation was formalised in 1952 when the Nordic Council was set up as a forum for parliamentarians and governments. The Helsinki Treaty of 1962 has formed the framework for Nordic partnership ever since.
The Nordic Council of Ministers was set up in 1971 as the formal forum for co-operation between the governments of the Nordic countries and the political leadership of the autonomous areas, i.e. the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
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» About the Nordic Council of Ministers
As of January 2013, Sweden takes over the rotating presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers:
The programme for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2013, entitled "The Nordic model in a new era", focuses on five areas: social exclusion, competitiveness, a sustainable society, demographic challenges and the Nordic region in the world. The starting point for the Swedish Presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers will be the Nordic social model, which has already made a successful contribution to Nordic growth, welfare and solidarity. Nordic social model is intimately linked to a number of key values, including democracy, transparency, social solidarity, tolerance of dissent, equality and individualism. In its Programme for the Presidency, Sweden has taken the initiative to four projects. Strong action against youth unemployment, development of sustainable mining, reduced emissions and workplace-based learning. The starting point for these projects is the belief that Nordic Co-operation, to an increasing extent, can be used to address the social challenges that Nordic countries are facing.
The Nordic model in a new era
NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS' OFFICES
In 1989 it was decided to broaden this Nordic cooperation to the areas adjacent to the Nordic countries - in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and North West Russia. As a result, Information Offices were established in 1991 in the three Baltic capitals – in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. In 1995 an office was established in St.Petersburg. The Information Offices participated in the implementation of Nordic cooperation projects and programs in the three Baltic countries and North West Russia.
In 2006 an Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers' was opened also in Kaliningrad.
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia
Lai 29, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
ph +372 627 31 0; fax + 372 627 31 10
e-mail: email@example.com, www.norden.ee
||Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers
in St. Petersburg
Malaya Konjushennaya street 1/3A, office B34,
Business Centre "Sweden House", RUS-191186,
St. Petersburg, Russia
ph +7 812 336 7580; fax: +7 812 336 7581
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.norden.ru
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Lithuania
Didžioji 5, 01128 Vilnius, Lithuania
ph +370 5 212 22 11; fax +370 5 212 24 23
e-mail: email@example.com, www.norden.lt
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office
Chiernakovskogo 6, Office 116
236000 Kaliningrad, Russia
ph +7 (4012) 72 81 72; fax +7 (4012) 72 81 73
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.norden39.ru
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia
Marijas 13/3 (Berga Bazars)
Riga, LV 1666, Latvia
ph +371 67820089; fax: +371 7213233
e-mail: email@example.com, www.norden.lv