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The Nordics and the International

2018 - 2019 (Completed) Project number: 226020
Research Project
Why is there not more Nordic cooperation on the international arena, when Nordic politicians so often express a willingness to develop cooperation in this field further? This project aims to build new knowledge, stimulate debate and inform the wider public about opportunities and limitations for strengthened Nordic cooperation in the foreign policy field.

The core emphasis will be on the Nordic states’ foreign policy and cooperation patterns writ large, but we will also discuss Nordic cooperation i.e. within the EU, NATO and the UN, in relations with great powers, cooperation initiatives within the fields of defence and emergency planning, and practical embassy cooperation.

Related events:

In addition to the seminar above, and a roundtable meeting with colleagues from the Nordic foreign policy institutes (20 March 2019), the researches have contributed to several events outside of NUPI:

  • Ulf Sverdrup and Kristin Haugevik opened both the “Ten Years On: Reassessing the Stoltenberg Report on Nordic Cooperation” report launch event on Iceland (3 May 2019), and a joint meeting for the administrative heads of the Nordic MFAs (22 May 2019).
  • Ole Jacob Sending discussed Nordic cooperation at the radio show “Urix på lørdag” (NRK, 4 May 2019).
  • Haugevik opened and participated in the debate “How can Nordic cooperation provide safer societies?” at Arendalsuka (14 August 2019).
  • Sverdrup presented and debated the findings of the Stoltenberg II report at the Nordic Council (9 September 2019).
  • Moreover, Haugevik gave a lecture on Nordic cooperation for the MFA trainee course (3 December 2019).

Funding program

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.




Ten Years On: Reassessing the Stoltenberg Report on Nordic Cooperation

Ten years ago, the report ‘Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy’ was presented to the Nordic foreign ministers at an extraordinary meeting ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Hvor går nordisk samarbeid?

I en tid med geopolitiske omveltninger snakker Nordens regjeringer med fornyet kraft om nordisk samarbeid. Men stopper det med fine ord, eller følges ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL_POP

Norden i verden

(Only in Norwegian). Hver for seg er de nordiske landene relativt små, men sammen er de på størrelse med en stormakt. Og med en verdenspolitikk i endring ...

Project Manager

The Nordic countries  Foreign policy  Defence  Security policy  International organizations  The EU  NATO  United Nations

Ulf Sverdrup

Former Director

Wed 6 Mar 2019
Time: 13:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Sheltering, security and small states: Nordic responses to a changing geopolitical context

How do Nordic states respond to current geopolitical changes in their neighborhood, and what are their options?