2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

A safer, greener and freer Nordic region – this will be the focus of the 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The vision of the Nordic region being the world’s most integrated and sustainable region by 2030 will shape the Swedish Presidency.

Responsible ministers
Jessika Roswall
Responsible ministries
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Briefing for the diplomatic corps on forums Sweden is chairing in 2024

    • Billström and Roswall standing at  a podium speakaing to the audience

      Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström informed the diplomatic corps of the priorities for the N5 and NB8 and the Nordic Council of Ministers, all of which will be chaired by Sweden this year.

      Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

    • Roswall and Billström speaking in a microphone

      Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström.

      Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

    • Billström and Roswall standing in front of the audience - speaking in a microphone

      Around 100 diplomatic representatives attended the briefing with Jessika Roswall, Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs and Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

      Photo: Stina Gullander/ The Government Offices

    On Monday 5 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for EU Affairs, with responsibility for Nordic affairs, Jessika Roswall informed the diplomatic corps of the priorities for the N5 and NB8 and the Nordic Council of Ministers, all of which will be chaired by Sweden this year. Around 100 diplomatic representatives attended the briefing.

The Swedish Presidency programme and priorities

  • On 1 January 2024, Sweden will take over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The vision of the Nordic region being the world’s most integrated and sustainable region by 2030 will shape the Swedish Presidency. Over the course of the year, Sweden will also prioritise efforts to further integrate the Nordic region. 

    The Swedish Presidency programme and priorities

    The programme for the 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers includes four prioritised areas:

    • An integrated Nordic region without border barriers
    • A green Nordic region
    • A competitive Nordic region
    • A socially sustainable Nordic region
    • An integrated Nordic region without border barriers

    It must be easy to live, study, work and operate a business anywhere in the Nordic region and across its borders. We need to step up the pace of our efforts to eliminate border barriers, particularly in consideration of the challenges that emerged during and after the pandemic.

    For this reason, the 2024 Swedish Presidency will work actively to achieve this in relevant ministerial council configurations and in the Border Barriers Council. The 70th anniversary of the single labour market will also be highlighted.

    A green Nordic region

    The Nordic Region must continue to be a forerunner in a competitive and innovation-driven transition, both at home and through promotion of Nordic green solutions in the rest of the world.

    Climate and environmental issues are global matters and the Nordic countries must therefore remain a strong and clear voice in promoting effective solutions in international environmental and climate negotiations.

    A competitive Nordic region

    As regions go, the Nordic region is one of the world’s largest. Our global competitiveness is essential not only for developing our business sector, but also for securing our future prosperity. One of the core tasks of Nordic cooperation is to jointly ensure better skills supply and create the best possible conditions for people and businesses to operate across borders.

    A socially sustainable Nordic region

    A socially sustainable society is one in which people feel safe and secure, and that it has strong resilience to serious crime. The Swedish Presidency will focus particularly on cooperation and exchanges of knowledge and experience between the Nordic countries regarding organised crime, welfare  crime, violent extremism and terrorism, and transfer of enforcement.

    Read the programme at norden.org:

    The Nordic region – safer, greener, freer (norden.org)

Programme for the Swedish Presidency

Programme for the 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers:

About the Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for inter-governmental cooperation in the Nordic Region. The Council works for joint Nordic solutions in areas where the Nordic countries can achieve better results through cooperation rather than tackling them individually. On 1 January 2024, Sweden will take over the Presidency of the Council.

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