Nordic agreements

Nordic agreements have been adopted to promote mutual recognition and mobility.

The Reykjavik Declaration

The Reykjavik Declaration aims to promote:

  • mutual recognition of higher education qualifications between the Nordic countries
  • automatic recognition of comparable qualifications in higher education in the region
  • cooperation on the assessment of qualifications obtained in Nordic and other countries, in particular via the NORRIC Network.

In 2004 the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research signed the Reykjavik Declaration, the Nordic Declaration on Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education. The Reykjavik Declaration replaced the 1975 Decision of the Nordic Council of Ministers on the validity of examinations (the Sigtuna Agreement).

The Reykjavik Declaration has been revised in 2016 and 2022.

Access to higher education

An agreement from 1996 aims to ensure equal access to higher education in the Nordic countries.

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Cooperation on upper secondary school education

This agreement covers general secondary as well as vocational education.

Labour market agreements

The Nordic countries have concluded several agreements concerning a common labour market, including mutual recognition of qualifications.



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