NORA (North Atlantic Cooperation) is an intergovernmental organisation under the regional cooperation programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers and it brings together Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Coastal Norway. The organisation builds on the West Nordic cooperation founded in 1981 and became NORA when Coastal Norway joined in 1996. The NORA countries are interlinked by their geographic location, shared traits and common challenges, in addition to multiple historical, institutional and cultural ties.
NORA contributes to reinforcing regional cooperation with a view to making the North Atlantic a strong and dynamic Nordic region characterised by robust sustainable economic development. The organisation’s initiatives include strengthening cooperation between the business sector and research and development bodies across national borders.
NORA is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers with supplementary contributions from the four participating countries. The main NORA secretariat is located in Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, while four contact persons staff the secretariats in Greenland, Iceland, West Norway and North Norway.
The NORA Committee is made up of twelve members, three from each country in the NORA region. The Committee charts the general direction of NORA’s Strategic Programme usually spanning a four-year period. In addition, the NORA Committee drafts an annual action plan, which sets out the concrete activities NORA will carry out over the year.
NORA operates within three set areas of work:
Project Funding, NORA delivers an important contact base in the region, which provides opportunities to establish critical mass in the priority areas.
Agenda Setting, NORA influences the region’s agendas through strategic initiatives and project results.
Alliance Building, NORA generates new and develops existing networks between actors and organisations active in the region in order to establish optimal synergy through cooperation on joint initiatives.
NORA offers funding opportunities to concrete cooperation projects involving partners from at least two NORA countries. NORA as an organisation is not a project partner, but can offer financial support if a project is deemed to contribute to achieving the aims described in NORA’s Strategic Programme. There is a general focus on strengthening cooperation between business and industry actors and other actors in the four countries in the NORA region.
NORA receives funding applications twice a year. For further information about NORA project funding see the menu item Project Funding.
NORA initiates and participates in strategic projects that contribute to furthering cooperation between the four countries in the NORA region: the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Coastal Norway. This work includes organising conferences and carrying out analyses centred on regional issues. NORA was, for example, involved in an OECD analysis mapping challenges and opportunities in the NORA region.
NORA can also function as an administrative body or secretariat for relevant initiatives, such as the Nordic presidency project ”Growth in the Blue Bioeconomy” (2015-2017).
NORA channels relevant information to the North Atlantic public. News articles produced in-house are published on the NORA website. In addition, we regularly post recommendations about regional news items and events on social media: www.facebook.com/noraregion and Twitter.