Nordic research collaboration
on societal security

Common challenges, common solutions

Extreme weather, pandemics, digital threats and violent extremism are by nature international.

This means that we should be international when we are dealing with these and other challenges to societal security. In NordForsk's interdisciplinary research programme on societal security, researchers in the Nordic countries collaborate to produce new knowledge about vulnerability, resilience and preparedness.

This research contributes to increased critical competence within societal security in the Nordic countries—what we call Nordic added value.

Nordic Societal Security Programme

The Nordic societal security programme started in 2013.

The programme is a direct result of the Haga Declaration, the Nordic countries' platform for cooperation on societal security and preparedness.

Several research projects funded by us relate directly to the Nordic Council's strategy on societal security, for example cybersecurity and fire prevention.


Four ongoing research projects on societal security


Key figures

for the research programme on societal security:

  • 21 research projects
  • 7 participating countries in and outside of the Nordics
  • 200 researchers
  • NOK 200 million budget


Nordic added value

Research on societal security provides Nordic added value in a number of ways. For example by:

  • comparing systems and practices in security policy
  • joint knowledge development
  • regional mobility and networking
  • increased critical competence.