Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM)

Conseil des ministres des pays nordiques
Consejo Nórdico de Ministros
Nordisk Ministerråd (NMR)
Nordiska Ministerrådet (NMR)
Pohjoismaiden Ministerineuvosto (PMN)

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Established 13 Feb 1971, Copenhagen (Denmark), in an amendment to Treaty of Cooperation between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (Helsinki Treaty), signed 23 Mar 1962, and its revisions of 1971 and 1974, in order to administer cooperation among the 5 Nordic governments on the basis laid by the Nordic Council (NC) within the framework of Nordic Union. A permanent secretariat was set up on 18 Feb 1973, within the framework of Nordic Cultural Cooperation, in the secretariat of Nordic Council of Ministers for Cultural Affairs, Copenhagen, taking over the activities of the previous Nordic Cultural Commissions (NKK); other affairs were covered by a separate secretariat in Oslo (Norway). The Cultural Cooperation Secretariat no longer exists separately, all NMR activities now coming under the same secretariat in Copenhagen. In an amendment to the Helsinki Treaty, 7 Nov 1993, the Nordic Council was given greater influence over the Nordic budget and Prime Ministers were given ultimate responsibility for Nordic Cooperation and for coordination on issues of Nordic concern. Further changes to the Treaty, 2 Jan 1996, strengthened the influence of party-groups in the Council.


Accomplish the tasks laid down by the Helsinki Treaty; examine questions of Nordic international cooperation; preserve and further develop cooperation among Nordic countries in legal, cultural, educational, social and economic fields and on communications and environment; eliminate obstacles to closer cooperation in other areas. In view of increased and deepened integration in Europe as a whole, in which Nordic cooperation is an integral part: ensure participation of Nordic countries in expanded cooperation with the rest of Europe on foreign and security policy, so as to enable Nordic countries to shape the future development of their own societies and take their share of responsibility for ensuring an order of peace and cooperation in Europe; meet future needs of Nordic countries at both Nordic and European levels by strengthening Nordic cooperation in areas of common Nordic interest and expanding political cooperation on issues related to European and regional cooperation so as to facilitate participation of Nordic countries in European Economic Area and European Union cooperation; as a priority, expand the working programme for Nordic cooperation with areas adjacent to the Nordic region.

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Politics/policy/regulatory. Management of treaties and agreements:

 • Nordic Language Convention;

 • Agreement Concerning a Common Nordic Labour Market;

 • Convention Concerning the Working Environment;

 • Nordic Convention on Social Assistance and Social Services;

 • Agreement concerning co-operation between authorities and institutions in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for the labour market;

 • Nordiske Aegteskabskonvention;

 • Konvention om inddrivelse af underholdsbidrag;

 • Nordic public health preparedness agreement;

 • Nordisk Konvention om social sikring;

 • Nordic Agreement on Co-operation on Upper Secondary School Education;

 • Agreement concluded by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on Admission to Higher Education;

 • Convention for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on inheritances and gifts;

 • Agreement Concerning Cultural Cooperation;

 • Nordic Passport Convention;

 • Protocol Concerning the Exemption of Nationals of the Nordic Countries from the Obligation to Have a Passport or Residence Permit While Resident in a Nordic Country other than their Own;

 • Agreement Between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on the Implementation of Certain Provisions Concerning Nationality;

 • Agreement between Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden concerning cooperation in matters of competition.


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Danish, Norwegian, Swedish.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 32 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 45 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 8 countries
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  • Government
    • Ministers, Deputies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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15. May 2019
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