A Competitive Nordic Region in a Globalised World

-Nordic co-operation can derive great benefit from the challenges and opportunities inherent in the globalization process, Halldór Ásgrímsson, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers said in his opening address to the Nordic Globalization Forum in the northern Swedish town of Riksgränsen on Tuesday.
-The dynamics of globalization require that the individual Nordic countries, as well as the Region as a whole, dare to break with custom and practice and break new ground, the Secretary General said.
In his speech, Ásgrímsson held up this first Nordic ‘Davos meeting’ as a tangible example of Nordic globalization work, on a par with the prioritization of a strong Nordic knowledge and innovation area, particularly in the energy, climate and environment sectors. He also identified cutting-edge research as an area in which working together makes the individual countries even more competitive.

The forum in Riksgränsen is the first in what is planned as an annual Nordic event. Sweden holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2008. Next year it will be the turn of Iceland.