|"The Nordic countries and the Baltic States share the same values," said Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip. "The region as a whole, in an economic sense, is our home. All of Estonia's biggest trade partners are sitting right here at this table."
Ansip expressed his hope that future working meetings would allow them to deal with high-priority issues for all of the countries in the region, such as the common market, including fostering the development of a single digital market.
As part of the session of the Nordic Council, which will run from 1-3 November, Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg will unveil his country's plans for 2012, when Norway will assume the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The summit is not only being attended by the prime ministers of the countries involved, but also by the foreign ministers and defence ministers of the Nordic countries.
A gala ceremony will be held on the evening of 2 November to recognise the recipients of the Nordic Council awards, who this year are:
All of the recipients will receive a cash prize of 350,000 Danish kroner (ca EUR50,000).
The Nordic Council of Ministers is also represented in Estonia, where its office is marking its 20th anniversary in 2011.
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