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The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official inter-governmental body for co-operation in the Nordic region, involving the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

This magazine reports on the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers in the areas of sustainable development and sustainable growth, energy and bioeconomy.

In particular, the magazine monitors activities within the Generation 2030 programme and the Nordic prime ministers’ initiative, Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges These two initiatives support the joint work in the Nordic countries on the global sustainability goals.

Apart from current projects, the magazine also documents a wide range of other activities connected with the green transition, and announces upcoming events and new reports from the Nordic Council of Ministers.

A Nordic Way To Grow

The Nordic countries have small, open and flexible economies.The combined population of the five countries is only 26 million inhabitants, yet the Nordic region is the 12th largest economy in the world.

Some of the factors behind this success story are a holistic approach to problem-solving, an inclusive approach to decision-making facilitated by a high level of trust, and a respectful attitude towards the values of nature

These factors also underlie Nordic cooperation on sustainable development and sustainable growth.

Responsible production – and responsible consumption

The global market for green solutions is growing rapidly, and the Nordic region can play an important role in its development. The Nordic region is one of the few regions in the world where growth has been generated without increasing emissions of greenhouse gases.

As well as severing the link between economic growth and energy consumption, the Nordic welfare states have also coped better than most in times of economic crisis

Sustainable consumption and production will be one of the focus areas in Nordic co-operation in the coming years, contributing new perspectives on economic sustainability and sustainable growth.

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