Foundation of the Nordic cooperation

The co-operation between the Nordic nurses was founded on 8 September 1920 at the first Nordic meeting in Copenhagen on 6-9 September 1920.

The co-operation between the Nordic nurses associations took its start in 1920 at the first Nordic nursing conference in Copenhagen 6 - 9 September.

The foundation of the Nordic Nurses’ Federation was confirmed September 8 in the today iconic document where the presidents of the Nordic nursing associations signed a resolution confirming they would work for the nursing profession in four areas:
1) three years of education
2) reduction of nurses working day
3) uniform improvement of nurses working conditions and pay terms
4) Nordic co-operation.

It was the start of a strong Nordic co-operation with mutual support, exchange of experience and inspiration - and with this a common struggle for the development of the nursing profession, equality in salary and working conditions - and importantly also public recognition of the nursing profession. Subjects that in the past as well as today has great importance to the Nordic nurses. However each time has had its challenges and key issues, which the NNF has adjusted in accordance with the development of the individual societies and the nursing profession in general. This is reflected in the NNF's changing laws and bylaws. The NNF member associations today are Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In 1935 the NNF represented 25,000 nurses and today it represents more than 340,000 nurses.

Founding meeting in Copenhagen in 1920, this photo of the presidents of the respective countries was taken in the Danish president's private home. At the back Bergliot Larsson from Norway (left) and Bertha Wellin from Sweden, in front Henny Tscherning
Founding meeting in Copenhagen in 1920, this photo of the presidents of the respective countries was taken in the Danish president's private home. At the back Bergliot Larsson from Norway (left) and Bertha Wellin from Sweden, in front Henny Tscherning