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Culture is one of the main components of co-operation beween the Nordic countries, and has long acted as a bridge, improving understanding of the neighbouring peoples and the shared values. The policies of the Nordic countries with respect to cultural life, mass media and religion have many features in common. However, some differences may be pointed out - for instance, cultural institutions arising from historical circumstances. In both Denmark and Sweden, there are cultural institutions with roots in the traditions of the royal courts. In these countries, national institutions formed for foundation of cultural life at an early stage while, in Norway, cultural institutions began to form later. For more information:


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Nordic Council of Ministers

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This indicator shows visits to museums per 1 000 inhabitants in the Nordic region. A museum is defined as: An institution with a collection worthy of conservation, with public access, the collection should be under supervision and there should be monitoring at the entry point during opening hours. Museums include national museums and affiliated institutions, local museums, art museums and scientific museums. The number of visits is monitored physical visits at location. Faroe islands: Data only covers national museums not local museums. For more information:

Keywords:  leisure, museums: culture, collection, galleries, visits, art, gallery
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