- an inspirational toolbox from the Nordic Council of Ministers
– 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.
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 norden.org
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 action plan has a special focus on obesity as well as on children and young people.
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.
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 Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are subsequently used as the basis for the national dietary recommendations in all the Nordic countries
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”.
The Keyhole: Healthy choices made easy : Partnership, Synergies, Activities, Future. Nordic Councils of Ministers.
- A better life through diet and physical activity in the Nordic countries – how far have we come?
- A better life for children and adolescents through diet and exercise: Nordic catalogue of initiatives and best practice
- See video interview with professor Pekka Puska on regional cooperation on health and nutrition
- See video interview with professor Tim Lang on a Nordic Way to sustainable nutrition
Other projects are funded and run through other sources, such as the OPUS project, but supplement the overall Nordic effort.