New President of the Nordic Council

04.11.2009
Helgi Hjörvar MP (Iceland) was elected President of the Nordic Council at the annual Session in Stockholm last week. Hjörvar succeeds Sinikka Bohlin (Sweden) at the end of the year when it becomes the turn of Iceland to chair the Council.
Helgi Hjörvar represents the Social Democrats, and became a member of the Nordic Council in 2007. The new president believes that Nordic co-operation is more important than ever, especially in the wake of the financial crisis. Important areas for the new president are security, fisheries policy, the Arctic and the Baltic, cultural and language issues, as well as cross-border freedom of movement.

Illugi Gunnarsson of the Icelandic Independence Party was elected Vice President, succeeding Kent Olsson from Sweden.

Read more about the 2009 session of the Nordic council here.

Reference: ”Helgi Hjörvar elected President of the Nordic Council”, norden.org
Photo: Helgi Hjörvar, av Johannes Jansson, norden.org
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