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Annual report 2021

In 2021, Covid-19 loosened its stranglehold and relations among Nordic countries were able to return to normal. Activities during the first half of the year were digital, but NORA was able to hold in-person events during the second half of the year, to the great delight of the participants. Being able to meet physically was a source of enthusiasm and commitment.

NORA made 15 grants totalling 4.6 million Danish kroner to external projects in 2021. At the end of the year, NORA’s project portfolio included 32 projects.

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Vision 2030 for a green, competitive and socially sustainable Nordic region is NORA’s lodestar, both when evaluating potential grantees and when organising activities. In 2021, NORA’s funding went to activities that support the vision in various ways.

NORA held three main activities in 2021. In the first half of the year, we held a youth hackathon focusing on health and tourism. In the autumn, we held a conference in the Faroe Islands focusing on regenerative tourism. In addition, NORA hosted a celebration of its 25th anniversary at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen.

Our biggest outreach effort in 2021 was our participation at the Arctic Circle conference. There, NORA presented two of its projects: seaweed farming and a project transferring knowledge about seal as a resource from Inuit to coastal Sámi. During the conference, we also participated in a session about the direction of relations in the North Atlantic.

Last year, we learned that 2020 was unique, but in its own special way 2021 helped to demonstrate the difference between making do on-line and making progress together.

In 2022, NORA will be led by Greenland. NORA’s action plan includes some uniquely Greenlandic elements, and we look forward to an engaging 2022.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS 2021

In addition to NORA’s core activity of funding collaborative projects in the North Atlantic, NORA also initiates projects of its own that help to create new opportunities in the region. For most of 2021, the pandemic limited people’s opportunity to meet face-to-face. So, in that respect, the timing of our on-line event, the North Atlantic Youth Hackathon, in March could not have been better. And when Covid retreated (albeit momentarily, it turned out) in October, NORA succeeded in holding a major tourism conference in the Faroe Islands that was attended by about 120 participants. For NORA, 2021 was also the 25th anniversary of our founding, and we celebrated this in a big way in Copenhagen. Among NORA’s other activities were participation at the Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavík in October, where we took part in a session about the blue bioeconomy that was fully in line with who we are. During the conference, NORA was also invited to give its perspective on the future of relations in the North Atlantic.

Projects funded in 2021

One of NORA’s core activities is to make grants to cooperation projects that seek to further socio-economic development in the North Atlantic region. NORA supports organisations and firms that contribute to innovation, concept development and increased activity in the region.

All of the projects that receive NORA funding make a contribution to addressing the issues facing the region and are relevant to NORA’s main objective: to create a strong and dynamic North Atlantic that is notable for its healthy and sustainable economies. As the North Atlantic connects NORA’s constituents, many of the projects receiving funding naturally deal with maritime resources. Other NORA-funded projects contribute to creating and developing new directions and opportunities. In 2021, NORA-funded projects dealt with maritime activities, tourism, IT, transport, youth and agriculture.

NORA funded 15 projects in 2021.

NORA’s project portfolio currently includes 32 projects. Some projects recently received funding; others are close to completion.

NORA in numbers

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ action plan for Vision 2030 applies to the period 2021-2024. The action plan lays out the initiatives that are necessary if the Nordic Council of Ministers and associated institutions are to achieve the Vision 2030 objectives.

NORA’s projects in 2021 focused on the vision’s three strategic priorities: a green Nordic region, a competitive Nordic region and a socially sustainable Nordic region. In total, NORA project funding amounted to 5.5 million kroner in 2021. Of this, 4.6 million kroner went to 15 external projects. The remaining 900,000 kroner went to two NORA-led projects. In 2021, 33% of project funding went to projects related to the green transition, 41% to projects related to competitiveness and the remaining 26% to social sustainability in the Nordic region.

At the end of 2021, NORA’s project portfolio included 32 active external projects at various stages in their progress. Eleven projects are led by a Norwegian partner, 10 by an Icelandic partner, six by a Greenlandic partner and five by a Faroese partner. During the year, we successfully completed two projects of our own. In March, we hosted the North Atlantic digital youth hackathon, Think Local, Think Digital, Think Ahead, with the participation of young people from all over the Nordic region, as well as our western neighbours. In October, we held the Regenerative Tourism — Building a Healthy Tourism in the Nordics conference in the Faroe Islands. It was attended by 120 participants

NORA has a broad and diverse network of contacts in the North Atlantic, and at the end of 2021 the projects in our portfolio involved 173 different partners. Naturally, most come from the NORA area — Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and coastal Norway — but we also have project partners from the wider Nordic region, as well as Canada, Scotland, the Orkney Islands, the US and England. The range of our network is a highly valuable asset and places NORA in a unique position as a contact-creating facilitator for stakeholders in the North Atlantic and in our western neighbours.

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2021 in brief

  • 2 funding rounds

  • 173 project partners from 11 countries

  • 34 projects in our portfolio

  • 2 internal projects

  • 120 participants at our tourism conference

  • 31 participants at our hackathon

  • 15 external projects funded

  • 5.5 million kroner in project support

  • 3 successful major events

  • 2 Nordic projects for which we serve as managing organisation

  • 5 newsletters sent

  • 3,102 newsletter recipients

  • 14,484 website visitors

  • 41,521 page views

  • 2.87 pages per session

  • 4,690 followers on Facebook

Nora supports Vision 2030

The Nordic Council of Ministers is obliged to live up to the Nordic prime ministers’ vision for the Nordic region by 2030. Investments in three strategic areas will contribute to the Nordic region becoming the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030.

To achieve the vision, the Nordic Council of Ministers is investing in:

  • A green Nordic region — We will work together to promote a green transformation of our society and to work for carbon neutrality and a sustainable circular and bio-based economy.
  • A competitive Nordic region — We will work together to promote green growth in the Nordic region that is based on knowledge, innovation, mobility and digital integration.
  • A socially sustainable Nordic region — We will work together to promote an inclusive, just and cohesive region of common values, richer cultural exchange and increased welfare.

As part of the efforts to achieve Vision 2030, NORA has been included in the regional policy initiatives and is focusing on five of the 12 objectives that the ministers for Nordic co-operation have identified. NORA’s tasks primarily consist of the following:

  • supporting North Atlantic partnerships that promote the development and implementation of solutions that lead to the sustainable use of natural resources in the bioeconomy, circular economy, tourism, energy and transport industries
  • supporting North Atlantic partnerships that promote the development and implementation of innovations that lead to green, digital and technological transformation of the bioeconomy, tourism, energy and transport industries
  • supporting North Atlantic partnerships that promote relocation to rural areas and reverse flight by applying innovative solutions and by mobilising young people to take part in local decision-making and other forms of involvement that strengthens the community
  • making grants during the 2021-2024 period to between 15 and 30 projects that support the goals of Vision 2030; six of these projects will include partners from the Nordic region’s western neighbours

In 2021, NORA made grants to 17 projects; 33% of project funding went to projects related to the green transition, 41% to projects related to competitiveness and the remaining 26% to social sustainability in the Nordic region. Five of the projects have partners from the Nordic region’s western neighbours (the US, Canada and Scotland).

COMMITTEE

NORA’s Committee is made up of delegations that meet up to twice per year. The chairmanship rotates between member countries. Faroe Islands held the chairmanship in 2021.

No decisions may be made prior to reviews and negotiations. The principle of consensus should be applied in negotiations whenever possible. For decisions of principle to be approved, none of the delegations may oppose the decision.

Faroe Islands

Jákup Mørkøre
Chairman 2021, Committee Member and Member of the Working Group

Alex N. Vilhelm
Committee Member

Súsanna Sørensen
Committee Member

Greenland

Jørn Abelsen-Hansen
Committee Member and Member of the Working Group

Ole Fjordgaard Kjær
Committee Member

Christian Wennecke
Committee Member

Norway

Lene Merete Søderholm
Committee Member and Member of the Working Group

Stig Olsen
Committee Member

Lisbeth Nylund
Committee Member

Iceland

Kristján Þ. Halldórsson
Committee Member and Member of the Working Group

Ásborg Ósk Arnþórsdóttir
Committee Member

Frosti Gíslason
Committee Member

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