State of the Nordic Region 2018

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State of the Nordic Region 2018 gives you a unique look behind the scenes of the world’s most integrated region, comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The report presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of play within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, economy, the labour force and education. In addition, you can read about the latest developments within the Nordic bioeconomy, get the status of Nordic digitalisation as well as the latest on health and welfare, plus culture and the arts. State of the Nordic Region 2018 is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, along with the Nordic Welfare Center and Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.



Culture and Arts - An essential area for Nordic co-operation

Culture and arts is an essential area for co-operation within the Nordic Region promoted by the Nordic Council of Ministers to “manage the historical, cultural and linguistic heritage and ensure continuity, [and…] encourage new cultural expressions and impulses” (Nordic Council of Ministers, 2016). In the Nordic strategy for cultural co-operation it is clearly stated that the Nordic Region should be a creative and intercultural region, where the inhabitants can participate and access cultural activities. For Nordic cultural collaboration it is fundamentally with facts, research and knowledge that we can exhibit changes in culture and arts relating for example to demographical or technological shifts. Nordic co-operation on culture does not therefore only call for the exchange of skills and experiences, but also for information about the state of the Nordic cultural sector – that can shed light on social inequalities and barriers for cultural participation.


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