Nordic Day

The Arctic Journal posted an article titled, “Nordic Day”. The article reads in part as follows;

“Even if you apply a liberal defintion and include Greenland as a Nordic country, most of the Arctic is not Nordic. Much of the Nordic region (whether you include Greenland or not) on the other hand, is Arctic.

And, for that reason, no celebration of Nordic Day, on March 23, would be complete without a discussion of the role Nordic institutions play in the region. Chief among these is the Nordic Council of Ministers, the official body for inter-governmental co-operation among the five member states and three associate countries.

This year is an especially important year for Arctic issues for the Nordic countries: Firstly, it marks the start of four years of Nordic leadership of the Arctic Council; Finland assumes its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 11. Iceland follows in 2019.

More directly related to the Nordic Council system, the current iteration of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme ends in 2017, and the organisation is working to identify the objectives that will be included in the next version, a task that must be complete in time for the new programme to be approved this autumn, during the council’s annual meeting.”

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