Finland collaborates on a range of social policy matters with its Nordic neighbours - Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, and with the autonomous areas of Åland, the Faeroe Islands and Greenland.
The focus of this cooperation in the social and health sector is to promote
- the equal treatment of citizens
- societal solidarity
- the availability of primary services
- the quality and security of services.
The intergovernmental organ that facilitates this cooperation is the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). The different health and social ministries of the Nordic countries direct Nordic cooperation on health and social policy. This cooperation deals with social affairs and health issues, equality, occupational health and safety, foodstuffs.
One result of this collaboration are the Nordic social security and social service agreements to facilitate the free movement of Nordic citizens in the region.