The budget has been discussed in public before the decision, due to concerns regarding significant cuts in the financing of cultural and educational cooperation.

In the budget compromise, unused funds from previous years are channelled to the culture and education sectors, to investments in young people and languages, and to preparing a fund for climate and biodiversity. Among other things, the budget compromise strengthens the financing of several cultural funding programmes and Nordic cultural institutions, language co-operation, the Nordic Region in School and Nordjobb, as well as Nordic Literature Week. The decision also reduces planned savings in the Nordic Culture Fund's budget.

“We feared major cuts for a sector that’s already been hit hard, but this budget provides a framework for continued strong cultural co-operation,” says Kjell-Arne Ottosson, The chair of the Nordic Council Committee for Knowledge and Culture, in a press release on 2 November.

The President of the Nordic Council, Bertel Haarder, is also pleased that culture and education will continue to be a top priority in 2022.
“For the Nordic Council, it was extremely important that culture and education were not dealt another blow, after all the difficulties that the pandemic gave rise to. Of course, we also think that the green transition is important, but cultural co-operation is the cornerstone of our co-operation,” he says.

Read more on the website for the official Nordic co-operation