Since 2020, the Nordic countries have been confronted with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been a multi-level stress test for the region. The strong basis of open borders and free movement in Nordic cooperation has been questioned by national pandemic measures, including wide travel restrictions. The Nordic dimension to pandemic responses has largely been missing, the trust between the countries has arguably been put to test and cross-border commuters have been subjected to differential treatment. The webinar, which is based on a report with the same name published in November 2021, aims to explore these developments both at the political level as well as for cross-border regions. It also seeks to discuss whether there is room for improvement in handling a crises like the pandemic.
The FIIA report ‘Nordic Cooperation amid Pandemic Travel Restrictions’ is the outcome of the research project ‘Nordic Cooperation and the Consequences of Travel Restrictions during Covid-19’ financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers as part of the Finnish presidency in 2021.