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Nordic Cooperation with Russia in Education and Research

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This study maps current and planned education and research cooperation that the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) have with Russia. The study includes bilateral, Nordic, regional, intergovernmental and EU levels, but focuses on the bilateral, national level. The study covers all the fields of research and all the educational levels: primary and upper-secondary schools, vocational, higher and adult education. This study is of use on both a national and international level. It serves both readers who wish to obtain an overview of cooperation in bilateral education and research between the Nordic countries and Russia, as well as readers interested in becoming acquainted with the various forms in which Nordic countries cooperate in the fields of education and research with Russia as a whole. This study, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, has been carried out by the Aleksanteri Institute, which is the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Helsinki.

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Brief overview of EU-Russia cooperation in the field

In discussing the education and research cooperation between the Nordic countries and Russia, one cannot neglect cooperation executed on the EURussia level, as it provides an important and rather central framework for cooperation. Denmark, Finland and Sweden are member states of the EU, and Norway and Iceland also participate in several programmes of the EU through the EEA agreement, including the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The aim of this section is not to provide a deep analysis of the research and education cooperation executed on the EU-Russia level, as this could fill a separate study on that subject, but rather to examine the forms of cooperation on a general level, along with EU-Russia education and research activity especially relevant to Nordic countries.

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