The Nordic Council of Ministers
The Nordic Council of Ministers was founded in 1971. The Council, which comprises representatives of the Nordic governments, deals with matters concerning Nordic interests and makes decisions on the implementation of collaborative projects between Nordic countries, in close consultation with the Nordic Council. The three autonomous territories also take part in the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Nordic Council of Ministers meets in 10 different constellations of ministers in specific fields, which are responsible for e.g. culture, environmental affairs, education, research, energy and labour-market policy. All decisions of the Nordic Council of Ministers must be unanimous, as they are binding upon the member states. In some cases the national parliaments must approve decisions of the Council before they can be implemented.
The Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers is at Ved Stranden 18, Copenhagen, Denmark. Staff number about 100. Activities are funded by contributions from the Nordic states in proportion to their population and GDP. The chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers rotates among the Nordic states. Iceland chaired the Council in 2009.