Finns name new Minister for Nordic Co-operation

After protracted negotiations, Finland has a new government. Alexander Stubb, the new Minister for Europe and Foreign Trade will double as Minister for Nordic Co-operation. "The different parts of the portfolio match and underpin each other well. I look forward to the new challenges with great enthusiasm," he says.
Finns name new Minister for Nordic Co-operation

Alexander Stubb. Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/

A member of the National Coalition Party and former MEP, Stubb served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from April 2008 until the new government was formed. He took the time to comment on his new role as Minister for Nordic Co-operation.

“As foreign minister most of the Nordic work I was involved in dealt with foreign affairs and security issues. The perspectives are now much wider.”

The programme for the new government stipulates that Finland will strive for closer Nordic co-operation.

As far as freedom of movement is concerned, the government will pay particular attention to the problems faced by individual citizens, e.g. pension and social security issues. Stubb points out that the co-operation ministers will discuss freedom of movement at their next meeting in Vasa in September.

Defence, research and innovation policy, the climate and consumer affairs are other aspects of Nordic co-operation highlighted in the new programme for government.

Finland holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2011. The programme for the Presidency emphasizes three priorities: dealing with climate change, supporting the Nordic globalisation initiative and grassroots activity as the foundation for Nordic co-operation. The objective is to make the Nordic countries’ role as a strong and united front on climate issues even more visible.


Text: Sara Djupsund,