The Nordic Council Gathers in the Faroe Islands

The Nordic Council recently held its annual Theme Session on 8 and 9 April in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

The session's themes were security, peace, and preparedness in the North Atlantic.

Among other things, the council discussed the Helsinki Treaty as a working group set up by the Presidium of the Nordic Council and proposed updating it to cover security, defense, and civil preparedness. 

The treaty from 1962 forms the basis for official Nordic cooperation but has not been updated since 1995.

"On many topics, it might be said that Nordic cooperation has not developed in the same way as other forms of international cooperation in recent decades. If we do not revise and amend the Helsinki Treaty now, we run the risk of Nordic cooperation losing some of its importance in the near future," said Hanna Katrín Friðriksson, chair of the working group.