The environment, climate and energy; the creative economy and culture; research and innovation; gender equality and the welfare society; sustainable, competitive development: these are the things that connect the Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
Here at the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia, we support the diffusion of Nordic values in Estonia – a country which feels itself to be part of northern Europe. We have been the eyes, ears and voice of the Nordic countries since 1991. In association with our partners, we are contributing to the formation of a unified region around the Baltic Sea.
We coordinate and provide advice on a number of Nordic and Baltic projects and grants. We meet with and bring together specialists from the public and private sectors and non-profit organisations in the Nordic countries and Baltic States.
Our main office in Estonia is in the capital, Tallinn, but we also have a subsidiary in Tartu and information points in Narva (at the Narva Youth Centre), Valga (in the Valga County Government building) and Pärnu (in the Pärnu County Government building).
The Nordic Council of Ministers was founded in 1971 to promote closer ties between the governments in the region. As a result of this cooperation:
- the Nordic countries are a better place to live, work and pursue business interests;
- the role played by smaller countries is boosted, as are the opportunities open to them;
- shared values are reinforced and the Nordic countries have greater breakthrough potential in the international arena; and
- the languages, history and customs of the region are preserved.