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The West Nordic Council[1] is a cooperation forum of the parliaments and governments of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. It was intially founded in 1985 as the West Nordic Parliamentarian Council of Cooperation but the name was changed in 1997. The council is comprised of 6 MPs from each nation appointed by their respective parliaments. The annual general meeting of the council rotates between the members and is it's highest authority. The work and activities of the Council are organized by a three member presidium of which the president of the council is a member. The current president is Jonathan Motzfeldt. This article is about the year. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... The Presidium or Praesidium (from Latin praesidium meaning protection or defense so plural presidia or praesidia) is the name for the executive committee of various legislative and organizational bodies. ... Jonathan Motzfeldt (born September 25, 1938) was the first Prime Minister of Greenland. ...

The nations of the Council share a somewhat common recent history, the Faroes and Greenland are autonomous territories of Denmark and Iceland is a former Danish possession. They also share a similar economic base, all being dependant on fisheries. The Councils main objectives are to: A fishery (plural: fisheries) is an organized effort by humans to catch fish or other aquatic species, an activity known as fishing. ...

  • To promote west Nordic (north Atlantic) interests.
  • To be guardians of north Atlantic resources and north Atlantic culture and to help promoting West Nordic interests through the West Nordic governments – not least with regards to the serious issues of resource management, pollution etc.
  • To follow up on the government’s west Nordic cooperation.
  • To work with the Nordic Council and to be the west Nordic link in Nordic cooperation.
  • To act as the parliamentary link for inter-west Nordic organisations, including Arctic parliamentary cooperation.[2]

The West Nordic Council is separate from the Nordic Council although all of the members of the West Nordic Council are also members of the Nordic Council and there is some cooperation between the two. The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers is a cooperation forum for the Parliaments and governments of the Nordic countries (otherwise known as Scandinavia). ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Danish: Vestnordisk Råd, Faroese: Útnorðurráðið, Icelandic: Vestnorræna ráðið, Kalaallisut: Nunat Avannarliit Killiit Siunnersuisoqatigiiffiat
  2. ^ [1]

The Kalaallisut language (also called Greenlandic, Greenlandic Eskimo, or Greenlandic Inuktitut) is an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken in Greenland and closely related to languages in Canada such as Inuktitut. ...

See also

  • Nordic Council
  • Hoyvík Agreement - an Iceland-Faroes free trade agreement that might be expanded to Greenland creating a West Nordic free trade zone.

The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers is a cooperation forum for the Parliaments and governments of the Nordic countries (otherwise known as Scandinavia). ... A free trade zone (FTZ) or export processing zone is one or more areas of a country where tariffs and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirements are lowered in order to attract companies by raising the incentives for doing business there. ...

External link

  • The Council's website
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