22 Nov

Nordic Council of Ministers Vision 2030 - The Nordic region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.

The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland – are determined to lead the way and find good solutions for the future. By listening to their young people and  agreeing with them that the time has come for concrete climate action.

The good news is that it is possible. Changes to lifestyles, production methods and patterns of consumption, balance out the use and protection of natural resources on land and at sea, and achieve sustainable development for the future. By safeguarding democracy, inclusion, integration and mobility this sends a clear signal to the rest of the world that real and positive development is possible and that the Nordics are turning words into action.

Sustainable energy production and climate neutrality, green transport and investments, the bioeconomy and the circular economy. There is no single solution, but many, and in many areas all at once. The green economy is based on innovation, creates jobs and ensures competitiveness.

The Nordic countries have shown time after time that they are stronger together. Gender equality and welfare are preconditions that ensure work and dynamic economies. Culture and language underpin the values and the development of a joint Nordic identity. Education, innovation and research are the foundation for the future. Mobility and integration ensure that citizens can study, travel, work and start businesses in each others’ countries.  Peaceful, democratic and inclusive societies, where everybody participates and has rights and responsibilities, are strong societies that can cope with even the biggest of challenges.

The vision is that the Nordic region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The co-operation in the Nordic Council of Ministers must serve this purpose.


Priorities in achieving the vision:


  • A green Nordic region –  promoting a green transition of  societies and work towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable circular and bio-based economy.
  • A competitive Nordic region – promoting green growth in the Nordic region based on knowledge, innovation, mobility and digital integration.
  • A socially sustainable Nordic Region – an inclusive, equal and interconnected region with shared values and strengthened cultural exchange and welfare.


Clear goals are important and just as important is following up on the results. To succeed, it is necessary that all parts of the Nordic Council of Ministers' activities formulate clear goals linked to the vision. To ensure this, the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation (MR-SAM) will implement an inclusive process with all of the ministerial councils to identify the key goals that will form the basis for intersectoral action plans for the strategic priorities.

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation will report to the Nordic heads of government about how the work to achieve the vision and the strategic priorities is progressing. The first report will be in autumn 2022 and will form the basis for setting new or revised strategic priorities for the next period.

"In the Nordic region, we have shown time after time that we are stronger together".

The Nordic Prime Ministers.


For further information, please visit https://www.norden.org/en/declaration/our-vision-2030

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