International Cooperation

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

The NDPC was established in 2010 as the fourth Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy, a common policy for EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia.

Northern Europe has an interesting cultural heritage and history, cultural and linguistic diversity, a versatile cultural and artistic production, profound experiences in cultural cooperation and exchange, and lot of professional networks in all sectors of society. Cultural production and culture-based services and innovations should be used to promote Northern Europe and its culture for the people in the region and for wider international consumers and thus contribute to social development and economic growth.

To promote the objectives the NDPC will

  • Function as a complement to already existing national and international organization institutions working with cultural cooperation and exchange
  • Advocate for the potential of the cultural and creative industries to make a change
  • Provide a platform to facilitate dialogue and exchange of best practices
  • Follow the policy development for cultural and creative industries and cultural based innovation in the Member countries and regional councils
  • Highlight the cross- sector character of cultural and creative industries and organize meetings, seminars and workshops to connect various stakeholders as cultural and creative entrepreneurs, funding and financing institutions and agencies, civil servants with responsibility to develop policies for cultural and creative industries, media etc.
  • Commission studies and research on relevant topics or/and sectors in the ND area
  • Inform about cultural and creative industries development and networks in the ND area by the internet site


The Secretariat of the NDPC is located in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Riga. Contact information: Ilze Gailīte-Holmberga, e-mail: Ilze.Gailite.Holmberg@km.gov.lv
For more information, please visit www.ndpculture.org