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Joint vision to enhance Nordic defence cooperation


In connection with the NORDEFCO ministerial meeting on 29–30 April in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, the Nordic defence ministers signed Vision 2030, a steering document on Nordic defence cooperation going forward. 

The Nordic defence ministers stands next to each other outside.
The Nordic defence ministers. Photo: The Danish Ministry of Defence

The defence ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, Iceland’s foreign minister and representatives of the governments of the Faroe Islands and Greenland met to discuss the security situation in the neighbourhood, including the Arctic and North Atlantic regions, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and NATO. 

The defence and security developments of recent years have been the focus of Nordic defence cooperation. During Sweden’s term as chair of NORDEFCO in 2023, new political and military objectives were formulated to enhance cooperation within the Nordic region and in relation to NATO. On 30 April, the Nordic defence ministers signed a new vision for the development of Nordic defence cooperation up to 2030.  

Vision 2030 will strengthen Nordic defence cooperation in eight areas: 

  • Strategic dialogue and consultations on current issues and the security situation
  • Ability to conduct and command multinational combined operations
  • Host nation support and logistical support to enable joint operations
  • Military mobility to, between and through the Nordic countries
  • Capabilities based on strategic and operational requirements
  • Defence materiel cooperation for increased interchangeability
  • Security of military supplies for increased resilience.
  • Total defence to secure adequate support to the defence sector from all sectors of society, in all threatening scenarios and situations

“The Nordic countries are united in the assessment that Russia will remain a threat to European and global security for the foreseeable future. We are equally united in the understanding of the need for collective actions to counter this threat. For the first time in modern history, with the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, our countries have chosen the same path for our security policy,” the Nordic defence ministers say. 

The Nordic defence ministers and Iceland’s foreign minister

Pål Jonson, Sweden’s Minister for Defence

Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s Minister of Defence

Antti Häkkänen, Finland’s Minister of Defence

Bjørn Arild Gram, Norway’s Minister of Defence

Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs