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Nordic Council of Ministers, Information Office in St. Petersburg. Mika Boedeker, Director St. Petersburg, 27 February 2012. Nordic cooperation. Countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the three autonomous territories: the Faroe islands, Greenland and Åland islands.

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    1. Nordic Council of Ministers,Information Office in St. Petersburg Mika Boedeker, Director St. Petersburg, 27 February 2012

    2. Nordic cooperation • CountriesDenmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the three autonomous territories: the Faroe islands, Greenland and Åland islands. • 7 languages, 25 million people • Official Nordic co-operation: • The Nordic Council – the inter-parliamentary forum since 1952 • The Nordic Council of Ministers – the inter-governmental body since 1971 NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    3. The Presidency The Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers lasts a year and rotates between the states 2012: Norway “The Welfare State in a Nordic Perspective” NCM St. Petersburg 2012 3

    4. Nordic Council of Ministers in Russia • Information Office in St. Petersburg (since 1995). • Contact centres in Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk • Information Office in Kaliningrad (since 2006) NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    5. 20% of the Nordic budget is spent on co-operation with the Baltic states and North-West Russia “Nordplus”, the mobility programme for Russia and the parliamentary exchange programme (cf. the Nordic Council) Funding for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region European Humanities University (EHU) The Northern Dimension: Environmental Partnership (NDEP) Partnership on Culture (NDPC) Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Cross-border cooperation – NotaBENe project (Presidential Academy is lead partner) International Co-operation NCM St. Petersburg 2012 5

    6. Knowledge building and Networking programme • Main funding instrument for cooperationPartnership – at least two Nordic countries Russian/Nordic co-financing, minimum 30% Five main areas: • Public administration • Research and education • Economic development • Civil society • Practice at the Nordic institutions NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    7. Project overview 2011-2012 NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    8. Climate, environment & energy, green growth • KBNP Project: Waste-sorting management (Petrozavodsk) • Climate change conference, Arkhangelsk, June 2011, KBNP project prepared • “Green Growth Arena” • Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    9. Culture • Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture, established in St. Petersburg, May 2010 • KBNP projects: • Creative Industries Partnership 2011-2012 • Nordic Look 2011-2012 • ND Management in Culture and CreativeIndustries 2011-2012 NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    10. Welfare & equality • Northern Dimension Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS): contact point for local partners • Combating human trafficking: Nordic-Baltic-Russian cooperation • Prevention of HIV/AIDS spread • Health economics • Promotion of gender equality NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    11. Civil society and Anti-corruption • Civil society: • Nordic-Russian Exchange Programme for NGOs and young leaders • NGO Programme for the Baltic Sea Region • Media cooperation 2012-2013 • Anti-corruption project: increasing efficiency and international cooperation NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    12. Promoting Good Governance Principles in NW Russia • In cooperation with the Council of Europe, KS & the North-West Academy of National Economy • Promotion of 12 principles of Good Democratic Governance • Training programme, study trips, monitoring & media cooperation • Aim: development of Good Governance Toolkit and Recommendations for Russian National Action Plan NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    13. Joint Nordic profiling • Nordic weeks in North-West Russia 2010-2012 Visibility initiative of all Nordic countries and NCM (diplomatic missions and cultural institutions) • Various events focusing on Nordic profiles • Murmansk; Petrozavodsk, Arkhangelsk, Pskov & St. Petersburg • Europe day: Annual European festival in St. Petersburg (all Nordic countries + close coordination with the EU Delegation) • Studia Nordica 2011 (Nordic lectures: Gunnar Wetterberg (April); Jon Olafsson (March); Kristen Clemet (February); Liv Signe Navarsete (September) NCM St. Petersburg 2012

    14. Contact us • Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in St. Petersburg: • M. Konyushennaya str., 1/3, Sweden House, office B34tel. +7-812-336-75-80 / fax +7-812-336-75-81 / info@norden.ru Subscribe to our news atnorden.ru • Follow us @NordenRU • Information office in Kaliningrad: • Chernyakhovskogo str., 6 office 116, 236040 Kaliningrad • Tel.: +7-4012-72-81-72 / fax: +7-4012-72-81-73 NCM St. Petersburg 2012