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23 March is the Nordic Day

23. Mar 2021

Nordic Day is celebrated on 23 March every year. This year marks 70 years since Hafnarfjörður joined the Nordic collaboration of twin towns / sister cities with Frederiksberg in Denmark, Uppsala in SwedenBærum in Norway og Hämeenlinna in Finland. The towns of Tvöroyori in Faroe Island and Illulissat in Greenland are also twin towns of Hafnarfjörður. Cooperation between the towns began after the Second World War, when they felt the need to strengthen relations between the Nordic countries. 

 

The Nordic flags were flagged at the Town Hall on Nordic Day on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Hafnarfjörður joining the Nordic twinning chain. 

Today, these twin towns mainly focus on cultural communication, sports and business connections and meet regularly at twin town meetings held every other year. The meetings consist of events for youth, sports and cultural groups from the towns as well as conferences and seminars on the various common issues of the Nordic towns. Due to the pandemic, the twin town meeting that was to take place in Uppsala this spring has been postponed until May 2022. The twin town chain also promotes visits by school groups and knowledge visits between the places. 

On the occasion of Nordic Day, the Nordic Association in Iceland encourages everyone to have their own Nordic dinner. 

The Nordic Council of Ministers is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. On Nordic Day – 23 March – five debates on different themes will look at what the Nordic countries have achieved together and what key players in the Region are focusing on right now. 

Cultural co-operation is a cornerstone of Nordic co-operation and is an important part of the vision to make the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world. The Nordic House in Reykjavik and the Nordic Association in Iceland are hosting a debate about the value of Nordic culture and cultural co-operation in the past, present and future.

Nordic Day: The value of culture in the Nordic Region in periods of crisis – Nordic cultural co-operation in the past, present and future

Dagur-Nordurlanda-2021-RosaMayor of Hafnarfjörður Municipality, Rósa Guðbjartsdóttir, sends her best regards and congratulations to the Mayors and inhabitants of the other twin towns!