The foreign ministers of the Nordic countries met at a meeting on globalization in Oslo yesterday. The ministers agreed that their countries could promote globalization by spreading technological knowledge and democratic traditions.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bindt said that mobile phone technology was a good example of how the Nordic countries have contributed to globalization already, Morgunbladid reports.
Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir said Iceland could contribute with their experience of harnessing natural resources responsibly, which she considered fishing, geothermal energy and women’s contributions to society.
Gísladóttir said the Nordic countries had a tradition for harnessing women’s energy which was left untapped in many other countries, and therefore the Nordic countries’ experience in that field was no less valuable than technological knowledge.
Finland’s Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva and Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said it was in the Nordic countries’ hands to create modern globalization while redefining welfare and quality of life in light of ecological and climate issues.