Programme for Sustainable Living in the Nordics

Sustainable living is a cross-sectoral programme with six projects, working to make it easier to live in a climate-friendly way in the Nordic Region – and to make sustainable choices the new norm.

The Nordic countries are considered to be global front-runners when it comes to creating sustainable societies. Although we get a lot of things right, big tasks lie ahead if we are to reach our vision to be the most integrated and sustainable region in the world by 2030. Our massive private consumption impacts negatively on climate and biodiversity in the Nordics and globally. That is why choosing sustainable solutions must be made easier for citizens in the Nordic Region. This programme, running from 2021 through 2024, is a response to this challenge and a call to action.

The Sustainable Living programme is expected to explore what a sustainable Nordic lifestyle entails, create concrete guidelines and tools for policy development, and have public impact through information, inspiration, and demonstration of necessary behavioral and cultural changes. The ultimate goal is to make it easier to live sustainably in the Nordic Region – and to make sustainable choices the new norm.

The programme consists of six projects that look at our lifestyle challenges through a unique combination of perspectives and disciplines, including education, culture, gender equality, food systems, youth engagement, and the role of the Swan ecolabel. The programme format allows for maximal synergies between the projects and their different target groups.

Read more about each of the six projects here.

Sustainable Living is a cross-sectoral collaboration effort between the Nordic Councils of Ministers for Gender equality and LGBTI (MR-JÄM); Environment and climate (MR-MK); Fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture, food and forestry (MR-FJLS); Education and research (MR-U); Culture (MR-K); and the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation (MR-SAM), as well as NORDBUK (Committee for children and youth) and the Expert group for sustainable development.

Since 2023, the programme is coordinated by Nordregio – Nordic research institute for sustainable regional development, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Åsa Ström Hildestrand, programme coordinator

Sofia Strömgård, communications advisor

Read about the programme on the Nordic Council of Ministers' website

Attend upcoming events related to the programme