What is a Nordic Talk?

‘Nordic Talks’ is a global series of live talks addressing affairs capturing the essence of Nordic themes and issues.

The aim of Nordic Talks is to draw attention to a unified Nordic region that aspires to drive positive global change through Nordic solutions. We want to share and host co-creation across borders by inviting thinkers and doers to participate and giving them ownership for action. Ultimately, the Nordic Talks live events become edited podcast episodes available to thinkers and doers in every corner of the world.

We want to inspire listeners to act on sustainability issues by providing them with inspiration and a room for contemplation.

A Nordic Talk live event is always built on five dogmas:

#1 The talk relates to the Nordic values: Trust, Equality, Sustainability, Innovation and Openness

#2 The talk addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

#3 The talk must inspire listeners to act

#4 The talk has a memorable atmosphere – food, art or music that makes your talk stand out

#5 The talk is professionally organized and is audio recorded in the highest quality possible

Watch the brand film above to learn more about the Nordic Talks universe.

Who can host a Nordic Talk?

Thinkers and doers worldwide are the potential hosts of a Nordic Talk. Maybe it is you? The Nordic Council of Ministers is facilitating open calls for tenders, who have a great ideas and great speakers for a Nordic Talk. Also, the Nordic embassies worldwide will be hosting Nordic Talks on global issues with local relevance.

Are you considering hosting a Nordic Talk? Then read this to get started

The Nordic Talks are post-produced as podcasts in a professional podcast studio by the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. Live Nordic Talks that the secretariat deem suitable for podcast publication will be edited into single podcast episodes available on all platforms.

In order to host a Nordic Talk live event, you need to apply with your idea or concept in order to get started – see steps below.

Once you have received approval of your application from the Nordic Council of Ministers, you are ready to start planning your talk in detail. To help you with this, we have made a “one-stop-shop” for everything you need to know as a Nordic Talk producer. 

Read the Nordic Talks handbook

The best thing to do immediately following approval, is to study the handbook thoroughly. This is extremely important in order to stay true to concept and create the best talk possible – which increases the chances of having content that will work in a podcast format as well.

The handbook will take you through all the steps needed to plan and execute a successful Nordic Talk.

Step by step guide


Is it a match?

Watch the two films to get a feel of the Nordic Talks universe. Ask yourself:

  • Can you see your idea in a similar setting? Decide whether your idea can appeal to a wide audience. Nordic Talks can be definitely be “nerdy and niche”, as long as you have a good moderator to secure understandable dialogue
  • Are you able to tick off all four dogmas? (see “What is a Nordic Talk?”)
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Apply for funding

If you decide that your idea can fit into the Nordic Talks framework, apply by filling out the needed information. The more information we get from you, the better, so please be as detailed as possible when describing your idea.

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Get approved

If your application is approved, it’s time to get going!

  • You will get access to a Google Drive that gives you all the guidance you need, including contact information to LEAD Agency/the secretariat, who can answer all the questions you may have
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Produce and deliver

  • Read the Nordic Talks Handbook thoroughly and follow the checklist – everything from tips to picking talkers and moderator to finding the right venue is described in there. Consider it your producer-bible
  • Execute your live Nordic Talk and don’t forget to record the audio using equipment described in the technical rider
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Final approval

Send in the needed material for review to receive final approval- including the audio recordings for review.

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A professional podcast based on your live Nordic Talk

If the secretariat finds your live Nordic Talk eligible for editing, we will start working on it as soon as possible after receiving the audio files. We will let you know once it’s done, so you are able to share it with your network. All podcast episodes will become available on all preferred platforms.

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Become part of Nordic Talks

Interested in doing your own thing with the Nordic Talk framework?

Digital Talks

Learn how to record the best possible audio during a digital Nordic Talk



All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the SDG challenges. We want to inspire thinkers and doers to talk to each other and ultimately inspire each other to act – for a better, more sustainable future.