Nordic Communities

a vision for the future

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Although commissioned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Nordic Council in 2012, this is no runofthemill commemorative publication. The Nordic Council wants to look to the future and follow up on the renewed debate about cooperation.There is much to suggest that the Nordic Region is experiencing a renaissance. The crisis in the EU, the strength of the Nordic welfare model and global interest in the Arctic are just some of the factors bringing the countries together. Foreign and defence policy have become key areas of cooperation, and therefore the structures established in the 1950s and 1970s are no longer fit for purpose.This book presents a vision for the future based on visible, highprofile and resultoriented cooperation in Nordic Communities.




At present, there is a widespread desire, among both politicians and the general public, for the Nordic countries to work more closely together. The crisis within the EU, the strength of the Nordic welfare model and general international interest in the Arctic are just three of the factors behind this. Official co-operation is already rooted in strong traditions, but the current situation is different, and in many ways more favourable, than when the Nordic Council was formed in 1952, the Helsinki Treaty signed in 1962 and the Nordic Council of Ministers set up in 1971.

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