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“Invest in language and culture to make vision a reality,” state Nordic ministers

20191030 De nordiska kulturministrarna vid Nordiska Rådets session i Stockholm. Foto: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org

When the Nordic ministers for culture, including Jenis av Rana from the Faroe Islands (first from left, picture above), met in Stockholm on Wednesday, they had a clear message – prioritise culture and language comprehension between the Nordic countries in order to achieve the ambitious vision of the Nordic Region as the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.

That’s according to Norden.org.

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important part of Nordic co-operation on culture. In this context, Nordic art, culture, and languages are key competitive advantages that pave the way towards finding new green innovations and achieving social sustainability.

“Culture and shared language comprehension are the foundation of Nordic co-operation and should be made more visible,” said Norway’s Minister of Culture, Trine Skei Grande, supported by her colleagues at the meeting.

The new vision was launched by the prime ministers in September. The role of the cultural sector in its ongoing priorities was just one of the many points on the agenda for the ministers for culture. Free quality journalism, green cultural events, and sustainable design are just some of the proposals that the ministers want to include in their continued efforts towards achieving the vision.

Culture was also highlighted as an international competitive advantage by Denmark’s Minister of Culture, Rasmus Prehn:

“Nordic culture and values such as freedom of expression, gender equality, and the free role of art are an important gateway for Nordic positioning and co-operation in international arenas.”

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