Nordic Cultural Cooperation

Coopération culturelle nordique
Nordische kulturelle zusammenarbeit
Nordisk kulturelt samarbejde
Nordiskt kulturellt samarbete
Pohjoismainen kultuuriyhteistyö

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History

15 Mar 1971, with full title Treaty Between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden concerning cultural cooperation (Nordic Cultural Convention), to carry out tasks previously handled by Nordic Cultural Commissions (NKK), formed in 1946, by Nordic Council (NC), and dissolved 31 Dec 1971. Originally maintained a permanent secretariat in Copenhagen (Denmark) which acted as Secretariat for Culture of Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), whose other activities were based in NMR main secretariat in Oslo (Norway). Following structural reorganization, 1988, a number of cultural committees were set up and all NMR activities came under one secretariat in Copenhagen, of which Nordic Cultural Cooperation is a part.

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Activities

A new commitment to cultural cooperation was decided, 1993, centering on 8 priority areas: Nordic Cultural Fund; film and media cooperation; language cooperation; children and young people; cooperation in the fine arts; grass roots cultural cooperation; clearer Nordic profile in Europe and the Nordic region; Nordic cultural events in countries hosting sessions of the Nordic Council.

'Education' Cooperation in schools focuses on development of joint projects and exchange of experience; joint research and development on future design of education; cooperation on teaching materials and specialized courses. Nordic Programme for the Mobility of Students and Teachers (NORDPLUS) gives students and teachers the possibility to study or to visit and stay for some time at another Nordic school or university. It encompasses four programmes: Nordplus Junior - directed towards cooperation in primary, secondary and upper-secondary schools; Nordplus Voksen - directed at adult learning; Nordplus Nabo - directed towards cooperation with the Baltic countries and North-west Russia; Nordplus Spräk - directed at strengthening the Nordic languages within, and outside the Nordic countries. 'Research' Information is exchanged on projects and findings of approximately 20 Nordic research establishments and committees. NORDUnet is a Nordic university computer network. 'Literature, Theatre, Music' financed through Nordic Culture Fund. Cultural relations developed through: Nordic House in Reykjavik (NHR); Nordic House in the Faeroe Islands; Nordic Institute in Greenland (NAPA). Responsible for: Nordic Council Literature Prize, annual; Nordic Council Music Prize, biennial. Current action plan covers: improved mutual understanding of Nordic languages; Nordic education market and Nordic exchange programme enabling students and teachers to study in other Nordic countries; increased support for Nordic cultural institutes; expansion of media and research cooperation; openness to developments in the rest of Europe.

'Art Committees':

 • Adjudicating Committee for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize;

 • Nordic Committee for Art and Design (NKKK);

 • Nordic Music Committee (NOMUS) which also acts as Adjudicating Committee for the Nordic Council's Music Prize;

 • NordScen - Nordic Centre for the Performing Arts.

'Steering Groups':

 • Nordic Adult Education Cooperation (FOVU).

In addition to official cooperation, the Norden Associations, other voluntary organizations, professional societies and individuals also play an active part.

Set up in the framework of Nordic Cultural Cooperation are:

 • Nordplus Sprog;

 • Nordic Association of University Administrators (NAUA);

 • Nordic Council for Scientific Information (NORDINFO) (inactive);

 • Nordic Folk Academy (NFA) (closed down Aug 2004);

 • Nordic School of Planning (Nordplan);

 • Nordic Language and Information Centre;

 • Nordic Language Secretariat.

Cooperation activities also carried out through Joint Nordic Organ for Recreational Sports, Nordisk Film and TV Fond, Nordic film institutes, Nordic radios and other institutions within the cultural agreement area, including:

 • Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (NIFS).

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Culture
    • Culture
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

UIA Org ID

T7163

Last News Received

198902
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