New Nordic cooperation on 5G

The Nordic countries have entered into new deepened cooperation on 5G. A declaration of intent was presented today laying out the Nordic countries’ vision.
“The Nordic region is one of the most innovative regions in the world. The development of 5G is progressing quickly and the Nordic region will be at the fore of this development. It creates jobs and prosperity in our countries,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

The declaration of intent states that the Nordic region will be the first interconnected 5G region in the world and identifies areas in which Nordic cooperation needs to be intensified.

Letter of Intent – Development of 5G in the Nordic region (pdf)

The declaration of intent was presented during the Nordic prime ministers meeting in Örnsköldsvik, which was hosted by Mr Löfven. His colleagues Erna Solberg from Norway, Lars Løkke Rasmussen from Denmark, Juha Sipilä from Finland and Katrín Jakobsdóttir from Iceland attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the prime ministers also viewed an exhibition in which companies from all Nordic countries showcased products exemplifying the advantages of 5G. These include drones that deliver defibrillators and driverless transport. The exhibition was also shown to upper secondary school pupils interested in technology.

The meeting was held on 22–23 May and the first day took place on the beautiful island of Ulvön in the High Coast archipelago. The agenda included current foreign and security policy issues and Nordic cooperation. But the prime ministers also had the opportunity to taste fermented herring. The meeting will conclude on Wednesday with a working lunch bringing together representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Council and the Faroe Islands.

This year, Sweden is presiding over the Nordic Council of Ministers and also N5 cooperation – Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy issues. This was why the informal prime ministers meeting was held in Sweden this year.

The Nordic prime ministers outside
The Nordic prime ministers meet in Örnsköldsvik on 22–23 May. Photo: Victor Svedberg/Government Offices