The political programme of the NCF is the political foundation of the organization. On this page, you will find our policies and values on a broad range of topics.
Education and Research
The NCF believes that education is the key to social mobility. We want to ensure people have educational opportunities across the borders, as it gives freedom to the individual and secures a better allocation of the working population.
We believe in greater cross-border co-operation in the field of research and education. Co-operation can allow for more ambitious research projects that have greater access to funding, benefit from a larger pool of expertise and which can have even greater impact. We want education in all levels to provide equal learning possibilities for all students. However, learning does not end at the end of one's educational path for which lifelong learning must be recognized and supported in the Nordic countries.
There should be an automatic recognition of education degrees in all levels throughout the Nordics. It should be made easier to enter the secondary level education in another Nordic country. Furthermore, the importance of close research cooperation and the continuous sharing of research results should be emphasized. State funding for research should be adequate and guaranteed.
Despite the importance of high-quality research, other educational institutions must not be forgotten. The resources for developing vocational schools should be increased.
We believe that public education at all levels should be free of charge. Students on all levels should always have the right and opportunity to influence on their education and evaluate their classes.
The Nordic education institutions should focus on the quality of teaching and learning instead of just testing the students. When allocating funding for education, this overall goal should be the key priority.
Employment and movement
The labour market is the single most important part of any economy. It's where people from all parts of society meet and contribute and be a part of a community. The labour market should be flexible and secure both for the employer and employee.
We believe that the free market economy is the most preferable system for generating wealth and a prosperous society. However, we want a social safety net that provides the labour force security while at the same time not discouraging people from working. We also acknowledge that a state regulation is needed in order to prevent market failures and facilitate labour market cooperation.
The labour market must allow for different life situations. We want parents to be able to take parental leave and stress the importance of parents of all constellations having the same possibilities of raising their children. We also want individuals to be able to start their own business with the necessary support from the state and educational system.
The labour market must become more flexible and allow for different life situations. Nordic citizens should be able to move, study, work and live in all the Nordic countries as easy as possible, and all forms of cross-border obstacles should be removed.
We therefore also support the idea of a Nordic citizenship, where all Nordic citizens are treated equally in the country they live in. In practice, this means that for example a Swede living in Denmark will be treated as a Dane and will be able to live on Danish terms from day one and vice versa. This also includes a way of recognizing all Nordic social security numbers.
From education to employment
We want a flexible labour market where people have the opportunity to change careers during their lifetime. We support further education while working. This also secures a competent workforce in changing economic times.
It’s important for higher education institutions to have a job-related scope with their activities. It is important for students to be able to get work training during studies in order to enter the labour market and get relevant experience.
We believe it is important to exchange knowledge across borders and allow people to study abroad, it increases cultural understanding, economic integration and innovation, builds networks and this enhances both the students’ educational life and the cooperation between the involved countries.
The Nordic countries should continuously work to increase mobility in education as well as on the labour market. Sharing knowledge and providing proper counselling is essential among the Nordic countries.
Equality and Human Rights
Every individual is unique and has immeasurable value. We therefore believe in human rights that ensure the fundamental rights of the individual. Striving for equality is essential for upholding the idea behind human rights. Without equality, there is no equal opportunity for everyone. The NCF therefore believes in fighting discrimination of all kinds to ensure equal opportunities and rights for all.
The Rights of Minorities
The rights of minorities must be safeguarded and the majority should take their responsibility in order to make sure that everyone’s rights are upheld. No one should be discriminated on the basis of their background. Persons belonging to minorities have the right to establish and maintain their own associations. The rights of sexual, religious and language minorities and people with disabilities should be given special attention, as should the protection of the rights of the indigenous people.
Privacy and Property Rights
The individual's privacy and property rights must be safeguarded, also in the virtual reality. Mass surveillance by governments and private actors is a breach of these rights. Everyone should have the rights to what they have created whether it is material or immaterial, but the copyright should not make distribution impossible.
Gender equality is a human right and achieving equal rights should be a top priority in all our societies. Regardless of gender, all people are entitled to live with dignity without fear of harassment and abuse.
Much progress has been achieved in recent years, however, women still have fewer opportunities than men in regards to benefit from economic development and with challenges regarding equal participation in the labour. Women are still under-represented in the public debate and in leadership positions, while men may find it difficult to enjoy an equal right to family life. Therefore, much remains to be done.
The NCF believes we should work politically to ensure a better balance between men and women in these areas, but also recognizes that the solutions must respect the autonomy of the individual and the family as much as possible.
Foreign Policy & Security
The NCF believes that the Nordic countries should aim to stabilize an unstable world and promote peace in areas of unrest. The Nordic countries should aim to meet these goals through a strong co-operation on foreign policy, development policy and security policy.
The United Nations
The NCF recognizes the need for strong and dynamic leadership of the United Nations (UN) and the its important role in the international community. We believe that the Nordics should act as an entity in the UN in order to gain as much leverage as possible. Nordic countries will always push for diplomatic solutions to international crises and strive to uphold a treaty-based international order that respects the rule of law.
Development and trade policy
The development aid should be at least 1.0 percent of GNI in all Nordic countries, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals. The NCF calls upon the Nordic countries to increase the development funds accordingly in times of crisis. Development aid should benefit the recipient country's population, focusing on inclusive democratic institutions, transparent public administration and the promotion of human rights.
Nordic trade policy should focus on enhancing trade partnerships between Nordic business actors and actors in the global south with emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises. Trade agreements need to follow principles of justice and equality.
Nordic countries have shared challenges so it is important that we are able to cooperate. This is increasingly important in light of the security situation in Europe. Nordic military co-operation within NORDEFCO should be prioritized and further strengthened and expanded, e.g. regarding material acquisitions and military training.
Environment, Energy & Transportation
The NCF believes in keeping the planet as unharmed as possible by human activity. We believe that present and future generations deserve to breathe fresh air, swim in clean waters and experience the wonders of untouched nature.
We therefore believe that a common Nordic energy and climate policy can enhance the Nordic region as the forerunner in sustainable solutions. This will strengthen Nordic competitiveness and the Nordic impact on international climate goals. This strategy should address the environment, energy and transportation of the Nordic region.
Energy and environmental infrastructure
The Nordic energy policy should consist of various forms of energy that complement each other. Nuclear power plants and fossil fuels should over time be replaced by safe, sustainable and renewable forms of energy. Energy efficiency is a long-term investment that must be encouraged. It is important to further develop energy carriers, for example by strengthening Nordgrid and NordPool.
Food safety, local production and security of supply chain play crucial roles in the future, as the population of the globe grow bigger and climate changes increase.
pollution and emissions
The Nordic countries should meet the climate goals set by the EU and set even higher standards for the Nordic region. A high degree of sustainability, biodiversity and energy efficiency should all be common goals. Food safety, local production and security of supply chain play crucial roles in the future, as the population of the globe grows bigger and climate changes increase.
The Nordics should support developing countries in their quest for better environmental solutions by investing in clean tech. Recycling is a good example of a common Nordic environmental infrastructure. A case in point would be a common deposit-system for bottles.
Research, development and innovation
It is essential to secure funding for research on sustainable energy sources and technology to make certain that energy production meet future needs. The NCF wants a Nordic trust that can fund research and development. Existing and new Nordic clean-tech research programmes should also be strengthened.
Transportation and infrastructure
The Nordics should be international forerunners in green transport and logistics. The NCF wants the Nordic region to become a green transport corridor and region. A functioning infrastructure is a prerequisite for individuals to be able to make sustainable choices. Efficient transport and logistics as well as development of modern transportation for goods are also crucial for the Nordic countries to have a prosperous and competitive industry.
The NCF urges the Nordic countries to form a Nordic railway network for to make it a viable alternative to aviation and road transport of goods. Trains operation between Nordic countries could be subject to competition. We should also aim for a greener fleet of ships operating in the Nordic area.
In the areas where it is appropriate, public transport should always be a strong alternative to private cars. In more sparsely populated areas with long distances, cars will continue to play an important role. It is therefore important that these cars are environmentally friendly. Carpooling should be encouraged and it should be facilitated to make it easier and more available.
The interest in the Arctic area is increasing on a global level. The Arctic has many possibilities, but environmental damage in the area affect multiple parties. Not only does the degradation of the area affect its unique wildlife, it also affects the four million people which inhabit the area. Of the human inhabitants, ten percent are indigenous. The Arctic question is not limited by national borders and therefore calls for international solutions.
The Nordic countries must work together to minimize the adverse effects of human activities and climate change in the Arctic. The Arctic states and other countries currently active in the Arctic region should coordinate their activities more closely, for example in the Arctic Council. The NCF acknowledge the future possibilities of the region, but emphasize the importance of the unique environment in the Artic.
The Nordic countries should further develop and strengthen the common Arctic policy, in order to facilitate the cooperation and decision-making progress in the Arctic Council. An international treaty for the Arctic region is needed, emphasizing the importance of a nuclear free zone in the Arctic. The countries with seaports in the Artic region plays a crucial role when the ship traffic increase in the region. A strong coast-guard with good co-operation, with operating bases in the north are needed in the future to give security for the environment and sustainable development of the economic possibilities.
Human rights in the Arctic region
A Nordic priority must be to preserve the rights and traditions of indigenous people by implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the United Nations, along with the guidelines set up by OECD.