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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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Nordic countries' bilateral cooperation in education and research with Russia

This section maps state- or regional-level bilateral programmes in education and research with Russia and summarises existing state agreements with Russia in this field. As the focus is not on the institutional level, this study provides no list of all the Nordic countries’ education and research institutions that cooperate with Russian counterparts. However, a brief overview of cooperation on the institutional level is provided so as to illustrate the forms of cooperation. The level of bilateral cooperation with Russia clearly varies between the Nordic countries. Reasons for this variation; some Nordic countries, especially Finland and Norway, have developed more cooperation programmes with Russia than have other Nordic countries. The aim of this study is not to provide analytical reasoning for this. Naturally, some Nordic countries will have been more interested than others in engaging in cooperation with Russia through multilateral cooperation, and thus may not have been particularly active in developing a bilateral agenda with Russia. Also, those Nordic countries with considerable bilateral activity in cooperation with Russia might have obviously been active in promoting cooperation with Russia on the multilateral level. This study does not offer analysis or background for the political decisions of the Nordic countries or Russia to cooperate.

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