West Nordic Council

The West Nordic Council (Danish: Vestnordisk Råd, Greenlandic: Nunat Avannarliit Killiit Siunnersuisoqatigiiffiat, Faroese: Útnorðurráðið, Icelandic: Vestnorræna ráðið) is a cooperation forum of the parliaments and governments of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. It was initially founded in 1985 as the West Nordic Parliamentarian Council of Cooperation but the name was changed in 1997. The council comprises six MPs from each nation appointed by their respective parliaments. The annual general meeting of the council rotates between the members and is its highest authority. The work and activities of the Council are organized by a three-member presidium of which the president of the council is a member. The current (August 2017 to september 2018) president is Kári P. Højgaard.

The nations of the Council share a somewhat common recent history: Greenland and the Faroes are autonomous territories of Denmark and Iceland is a former Danish possession. They also share a similar economic base, all being dependent on fisheries. The Council's main objectives are:

  • To promote West Nordic (north Atlantic) interests.
  • To be guardians of north Atlantic resources and north Atlantic culture and to help promoting West Nordic interests through the West Nordic governments – not least with regards to the serious issues of resource management, pollution etc.
  • To follow up on the governments' West Nordic cooperation.
  • To work with the Nordic Council and to be the West Nordic link in Nordic cooperation.
  • To act as the parliamentary link for inter-West Nordic organisations, including Arctic parliamentary cooperation.[1]

The West Nordic Council is separate from the Nordic Council, although all of the members of the West Nordic Council are also members of the Nordic Council and there is some cooperation between the two.

General meetings

This list is not complete


See also


  1. Vestnordisk Råd
  2. Patursson, Steinar (13 August 2015). "Lars Emil Johansen formaður í Útnorðurráðnum" (in Faroese). Portal.fo. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. Eidesgaard, Marin (6 September 2014). "Nýggjur formaður í Útnorðurráðnum" (in Faroese). Portal.fo. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
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