In January 1990 when the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) decided to work out initiatives to support development in the Baltic Area, it was the first time ever that NCM was the operator of something else than intra-Nordic activities. The aim was clear: Political support for the Baltic Republics and their struggle for freedom.

After negotiations in Moscow, the Soviet authorities accepted that Nordic offices were established as information and cultural centres in the three Baltic Soviet Republics.

The official launching of the Nordic Information Office in Riga took place on the 1st of April 1991. The office was one of the very first foreign representations in Latvia at that time.

Times have changed, and so has the situation in Latvia. The last 15 years have shown that the development of society is constantly generating new needs and new aspects in the relations of co-operation.

The EU membership of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in 2004 marked a new era of cooperation. After one decade of cooperation, which might first of all be characterized as an aid to development, the time had come to aim at a more equally based cooperation between authorities.

The key areas of cooperation have changed and the role of the NCM office in Latvia is far from being “only an information office”.