The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy of four equal partners: the European Union (EU), the Russian Federation (suspended*), Norway, and Iceland. It was initiated in 1999 and renewed in 2006.

The ND policy aims at supporting stability, well-being and sustainable development in the region through practical cooperation.

The NDPC is the third Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy, other partnerships include:

  • The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being;
  • The Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics.

The structure, nature and tasks of these partnerships vary from project-centred financing to expert-oriented cooperation.


* The European Union, Iceland and Norway have have suspended until further notice all activities of the Northern Dimension policy which involve Russia. Read more.