Norway to host Nordic Prime Ministers in Oslo

Defence cooperation, ocean health and the green transition are among the topics to be discussed when the Prime Ministers of all five Nordic countries meet in Oslo on Monday. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will also be present for part of the programme.

Norway holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2022 and is hosting the meetings in this capacity. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will also have separate meetings with the Finnish Prime Minister and the German Chancellor on issues of common interest.

The Nordic Prime Ministers – Mette Frederiksen, Sanna Marin, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Magdalena Andersson and Jonas Gahr Støre – will discuss a range of issues including Nordic defence cooperation, sustainable ocean management and the green transition. The vision for Nordic cooperation is for the Nordic region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.

Norway’s Chief of Defence Eirik Kristoffersen will take part in the first half of the meeting. In the second half, marine scientist Even Moland of the Institute of Marine Research will give an introduction on the state of the ocean environment. During a working lunch, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will share his reflections on the rise of China and implications for Nordic security and foreign policy.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting between the Nordic Prime Ministers and German Chancellor Scholz include the security policy situation in Europe and relations with Russia, the new security policy situation in the Nordic region with Sweden and Finland in NATO, cooperation in Northern Europe on the green transition, and energy security.

The day will conclude with a meeting between Mr Støre and Mr Scholz, a working dinner held at the Government Guest House. The meeting will focus on the war in Ukraine, European solidarity and cooperation, and German-Norwegian cooperation on energy security and green industrial development.

There will be three press conferences held during the day, to be broadcast live on regjering.no: