Head of offices of the Nordic institutionsWhile the Globalisation Initiative and the World Exhibition in Shanghai are very important, the Baltic countries should not be overshadowed by them. This is what the directors of the five Nordic Houses said when visiting our office to discuss opportunities for cooperation. The discussions involved actions for children and young people, creative industries, cultural festivals, the New Nordic Food, etc.

Nordic Houses / institutes in Iceland, Greenland, the Åland Islands, Helsinki and the Faroe Islands see to it that people in the Nordic countries remember, understand and remain interested in Nordic cooperation. The Nordic House in Greenland recently gained a new director - Leise Johnsen, a Dane who is committed to studying Eskimos and is thus familiar with the Polar regions. Won't she be lonely in Nuuk? Johnsen does not think so. Instead, she considers it exciting to promote Nordic cooperation in such a distant and isolated place.

We have had fruitful cooperation with the Nordic House on the Åland Islands for many years now, which has involved, for example, exchanging travelling exhibitions. Cooperation with the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands has been equally pleasant. A few years ago, a modern Faroese opera, The Madman's Garden, was performed as a joint project at the Kultuurikatel in Tallinn. With our Icelandic colleagues we have been discussing opportunities to introduce New Nordic Food. We hope to deepen cooperation with the Nordic Institute in Helsinki soon.


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