The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers are an intergovernmental forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries. It was established following World War II and its first concrete result was the introduction in 1952 of a common labour market and free movement across borders without passports for the countries' citizens. The Nordic Council became a reality in February 1953. Finland joined the council in 1956. The formation of the council made it possible for Nordic parliamentarians to play a larger role in the process of developing co-operation on legislation.
Today the council has 87 members, elected among the members of the national parliaments. The composition of the council reflects the relative representation of the political parties in the national parliaments.
I don't know the exact date of change of flag, but this document was published on 01 February, 2006.
It's a shame they put text on the flag, which wasn't there before.I have always felt the flag of the Nordic Council looks more like the flag of an airline company.
I don't know whether it was; I can't recall ever seeing a council logo that didn't have "norden" next to it. Some time ago Brian wrote that there was also a logo version with "pohjola", though. I don't know whether that means there are now also to version of the lettered flag.
Some time ago it was mentioned that there was also a logo version with "pohjola", though. I don't know whether that means there are now also to version of the lettered flag.
The Finnish equivalent, I'd assume- and that "Norden" is the same in all the other languages.
We're informed that "norden" is considered the general word for the Nordic cooperation, where "pohjola", meaning the same in Finnish, was introduced as a compromise, though rarely used. No flag using it is known, but such a flag would indeed be theoretically possible.
The addition of the lettering to the swan symbol of 1985 was done to create an over-all symbol for Nordic cooperation.On the flag, it's considered a type B logo, which means it is not accompanied by the name of a specific entity. The flag can therefore represent the Nordic Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers, or any other entity under the same umbrella. This logo with lettering, and hence the flag, was approved by both councils in 2004.