Finnish programme for the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021 draws up guidelines for the creation of a greener, more competitive, and more socially sustainable Nordic Region. PM Marin of Finland .
Nordics have a North Germanic official language, commonly called a Nordic language in the Nordic countries. The working languages of the its two political bodies are Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.
Nordic countries are Scandinavians Sweden,Norway,Finland,Denmark,Iceland
Prime Minister Marin presents Finland’s programme for next year’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers
27.10.2020 16.30PRESS RELEASE 678/2020
At their videoconference on 27 October, the Nordic Prime Ministers and the Presidium of the Nordic Council discussed the state of Nordic cooperation when it comes to public safety. At the meeting, Prime Minister Sanna Marin presented Finland’s programme for next year’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Prime Minister Marin stated that the Nordic countries are leading the way in the fight against climate change.
“Nordic cooperation strengthens our countries’ national efforts to achieve carbon neutrality,” said Prime Minister Marin, adding, “Our ability to bring about socially equitable change is supported by the Nordic welfare model.”
Finland will begin its Presidency in January 2021. The Nordic Prime Ministers have a vision according to which the Nordic region will be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. To achieve this goal, the Nordic Council of Ministers is working for a greener, more competitive and more socially sustainable Nordic region. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, topical themes of cooperation include promoting free movement between the Nordic Countries and ensuring security of supply and preparedness for future crises. Finland’s Presidency will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Denmark is leading the cooperation until the end of this year.
Next year, along with the Nordic Council of Ministers, Finland will also chair a number of other Nordic cooperation forums.
Full programme of Finland’s Presidency
Presidency Twitter account: @norden2021
Social media hashtags: #norden2020 (next year #norden2021), #nrpol, #nrsession
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With only four language groups, the common linguistic heterogeneous heritage is one of the factors making up the Nordic identity.
The Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroeselanguages are all rooted in Old Norse, and Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are considered mutually intelligible. These three dominant languages are taught in schools throughout the Nordic region. For example, Swedish is a mandatory subject in Finnish schools since Finland by law is a bilingual country. Danish is mandatory in Faroese and Greenlandic schools as these self-governing regions are a part of the Danish state. Iceland also teaches Danish since Iceland too was a part of the Danish Realm until 1918 and in union with Denmark until 1944. Beside these and the insular Nordic languages Faroese and Icelandic which are also North Germanic languages, there are the Finnic and Sámibranches of Uralic languages, spoken in Finland and in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland, respectively; and Greenlandic, an Eskimo–Aleut language, spoken in Greenland.
Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark have decided to strengthen the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with additional capital of EUR 350 million. Finland’s share of this capital increase will be EUR 58.1 million.
The Nordic Development Fund promotes climate change mitigation and adaptation to climate change especially in the least developed countries and countries in fragile situations.
The focus of the Nordic Development Fund’s activities lies on Africa. In 2021–2025, the Fund will allocate at least 60 per cent of its financing to Sub-Saharan Africa. At least half of the funding in 2021–2025 will be targeted at projects promoting adaptation to climate change.
Promotion of gender equality is an important cross-cutting theme in the activities of the Nordic Development Fund.