October 30th to November 1st the 70th Nordic Council session takes place in Oslo, Norway, where the members of the Nordic Council will review the most relevant topics in the region. The main focus this year will be trust towards democracy and resistance to external threats. The heading for the summit is The Nordic countries’ ability to withstand attempts by other nations to influence our societies and democratic processes.
Nordic and Baltic delegates are meeting with the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius and the Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga on the first day of Nordic Council session. Together with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom they discussed relations with Russia, security issues and opportunities for a greater cooperation in the health care system.
The Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) and the United Kingdom have been attending Nordic Council sessions since 2011. This year the event was attended by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May.
The Nordic Council prizes has become an official part of the whole event. Erna Solberg and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will award five prizes for the achievements in literature, children and young people’s literature, film, music, nature and the environment. These awards aim to increase the interest in the Nordic countries and promote its culture and languages. The five winners will receive a prize of DKK 350,000.
The Nordic Council was formed in 1952 as an official body for formal inter-parliamentary cooperation. It currently has 87 Nordic members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Its purpose is to support and develop cooperation in the region in terms of law enforcement, culture, environment, public transport, social politics and economics.