Nutrition the Nordic Way

- an inspirational toolbox from the Nordic Council of Ministers

Planning of national or regional efforts to document and improve health and nutrition in the general population.

– a snapshot of the Nordic cooperation in the field of nutrition from strategy and monitoring, to nutritional research and consumer labeling.

Combining the expertise on nutrition from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.

This site highlights the work done by the Nordic Council of Ministers to create a coherent and holistic method to tackle the nutrition and health challenges of the 21st century.

Launched at the UNs Second International Conference on Nutrition, ICN2 in Rome, November 19-21, 2014.

On March 4, 2015, the 5th anniversary of the Nordic Keyhole label was celebrated – read more on

Nordic Nutrition
Key Concepts
– where do we want to go?

The Nordic countries cooperate on goals and share experiences in order to learn from each other through best practice and benchmarking.

Policy development in each individual country is supported through an ongoing dialogue via both the Nordic Council of Ministers and various expert networks.

The Nordic Plan of Action on better health and quality of life through diet and physical activity” is the core framework for this ongoing effort within the field of nutrition.

The action plan has a special focus on obesity as well as on children and young people.

– how are we proceeding?

The Nordic countries have established a common matrix of key indicators, collecting data across borders from the entire region.

The indicators cover core parameters regarding nutrition, eating habits, health and physical activities. They provide a comprehensive overview and can guide national policy planning.

A monitoring system on diet, physical activity and overweight has been set up and the indicators have been validated by a Nordic team of experts.

The first collection of data took place in 2011 and the results from a new collection in 2014 are underway.

– what should we eat?

The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations is the result of a transparent process and a stringent methodology.

More than 100 experts have been involved over a period of five years, including countless reviews and a series of public hearings, and the result is an important contribution to the work of nutritional recommendations worldwide.

The work is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, but carried out by a working group referring to a Nordic steering committe.

The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are subsequently used as the basis for the national dietary recommendations in all the Nordic countries

Nordic Nutrition
– what is the healthy choice?

Based on the recommendations set up in the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, the Nordic countries not only develop their national dietary guidelines.

They also make it easier for consumers to make healthy choices based on the thorough reviews and results of the work with the NNR.

This is done via the food label called “The Keyhole”, which indicates the most healthy choice within a given type of food or product.

The label is widely used in the entire retail sector in all five countries, except Finland that uses a similar label called “The Heart”.

No knowledge 4%
Little 13%
Some 35%
High level 30%
Very high level 18%
Table. Nordic consumers’ knowledge of the the keyhole

The Keyhole: Healthy choices made easy : Partnership, Synergies, Activities, Future. Nordic Councils of Ministers.

Presentations and publications from the 25th anniversary of the Keyhole





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