In November 2008 the defence ministers of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland signed a joint agreement on continued Nordic cooperation.
A steering committee made up of all the Nordic countries was established and met for the first time in Helsinki on 21 January. The next steering committee meeting will be held in Sweden at the end of April.
During the course of the year cooperation officers from the Nordic countries are to be posted to the Head Quarter’s section for Nordic cooperation and Sweden will similarly post cooperation officers to the Nordic countries.
Work in progress
- The Government has adopted a resolution on joint development of the Archer artillery system by Sweden and Norway.
- Cooperation within the parameters of naval patrols is currently at the development stage, which means that nautical position information and radar images can be exchanged between the Nordic countries.
- Sweden and Finland are negotiating with NATO, with Norway as host country, on Air Situation Data Exchange (ASDE). This would enable air situation data to be exchanged between all Nordic countries. This will ultimately offer scope for common ASDE in Nordic air space.
- Implementation of the first forty activities has been started, and the first phase will primarily concern exchanging information and synchronising the various national plans.