The Nordic office is the latest addition to our international network, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. This will give us maximum reach and mobility across the entire region. The office became operational in May 2022 and officially opened in August 2022. The Nordics are, by their very nature, small and open nations. Engaging here can strengthen Scotland’s own commitment to being a competitive and internationalised place to live, work, do business and study.
Scotland has strong shared interests with the Nordics on culture, environment, energy, climate change, digital economies, wellbeing and social services, and preservation and opportunities in the Arctic region. This is reflected in the many direct connections our policy teams have with the region already. The Nordic office aims to improve these connections, helping to connect business, cultural organisations and academia, as well as connecting politically. In this way, we won’t only strengthen diplomatic links, but ties between people, culture and economies, helping to make Scotland a natural part of the European family.
We are co-located with Scottish Development International within the British Embassy Copenhagen, and work to promote partnerships between Scotland and five nearby small, open and similar countries, as well as offering Scotland a strong platform for engaging the multilateral institutions based in Copenhagen, including the United Nations and its agencies.
Priorities for 2023 to 2024
Building and strengthening relationships:
- host the first Scottish diaspora event in Copenhagen to showcase Scotland's strengths and attract more Nordic Global Scots
- work with SDI to increase Nordic Global Scots by 25%, targeting sectors that are most relevant to Scotland's international economy
- host an inaugural St Andrew's Day event to showcase the strengths of modern Scotland
- increase Burns Night attendance figures
- help promote events being held in Scotland such as the UCI Cycling World Championships
Contributing to Scotland's trade and investment objectives:
- promote economic engagement and trade with Nordic stakeholders, focusing on the green transition, advanced technologies, healthcare, and creative industries
- increase foreign and capital investment into Scotland through lead generation and business development
- identify opportunities to influence and work with Nordic collaborators on offshore energy pipelines and supply chain developments
Contributing to Scotland's climate change, biodiversity and renewable energy objectives
- support the expansion of the existing MoU on heat and energy efficiency signed with Denmark in 2021 to include renewable energy and hydrogen.
- build upon Scotland's climate ambitions by creating opportunities for collaboration with the U2 Coalition, Regions 4, and Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA).
- build on activities relating to COP26 and identify opportunities to showcase Scotland’s climate and biodiversity leadership.
- support Scotland’s engagement in the North Seas Energy Cooperation.
Head of Copenhagen Office: Katrine Feldinger
Scottish Government Copenhagen Office
Email: Central Enquiries Unit firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 0300 244 4000
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