Welcome to the Nordic House!
The Nordic House is one of the most important instruments that the Nordic Council of Ministers has to further the political priorities of the Nordic cultural co-operation.
The house is run as a Nordic institution of art and culture with a diverse programme of music, literature, theatre, film, visual arts, lectures, conferences and much more.
Through art and culture we can better understand who we are as people and as a community. Art has the power to make us happy, excite us, challenge us, to create debate, encourage us, impress us, but most of all it says something about the community we live in from a cultural perspective.
Culture plays an important role in the community because it elevates debate. It enriches our lives and at the sames time as it challenges us. When we feel safe in our life perspective we can embrace diversity in a constructive way, and we can manage our cultural heritage in the meeting with new cultures and perspectives. We create the cultural heritage together, and in the Faroe Islands the Nordic House is a place where the art and cultural heritage of the future is produced and communicated.
The Nordic House’s primary remit as an open and vibrant cultural venue is to showcase Nordic art and culture in the Faroe Islands and to raise awareness about Faroese art and culture across the Nordic region. We produce and co-produce several festival throughout the year, among them festivals for children, film, literature and jazz. Artists and producers/organizers are very welcome to contact us with ideas for collaboration or production.
We endeavour to reach a wide audience and host events ranging from small and intimate to big and spectacular. The spaces in the house are used for our own productions, co-operations and are also available to rent.
With Vision 2030 the goal of the Nordic Council of ministers is to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated in the world. With knowledge innovation, mobility and digital integration we can make changes and create growth towards a greener community. We want to work towards an inclusive, equal and cohesive region with common values and strong cultural exchange and welfare.
We hope that you as guest and artist will join us on this journey.
Inauguration: 8 May 1983
Architecture: Ola Steen (NO) and Kollbrún Ragnarsdóttir (IS)
Furnishing: Alvar Aalto (FI)
Highest authority: The Nordic Council of Ministers
Square meters: 2407
Events yearly: ca. 400
Visitors yearly: ca. 120 000
The architecture of the house mirrors the nordic voice with Finnish furniture, Norwegian slate, Swedish Wood, Danish glass and steel, an Icelandic roof constuction, and Faroese grass on top of the roof.
The Nordic House has a 5 star conference classification from danish trade association HORESTA
The Nordic House is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Faroese Parliament.
A lot has happened since the Faroese politician Erlendur Patursson held a speech in parliament about the importance of getting a Nordic House in the Faroe Islands. His heartfelt wish was broadcasted on national radio and printed in the newspapers.
Not everyone understood his ideas – but no-one remembers that now. The Nordic Council and The Faroese Parliament decided to build the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands and it opened in 1983. It didn’t take long before the whole country came to appreciate and boast about this new meeting point that could facilitate both Nordic and Faroese art and culture.
The Nordic House has had managing directors from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Steen A. Cold, Denmark, 1983-1985
Hjørtur Pálsson, Iceland, 1985
Karin Flodstrøm, Sweden, 1985-1989
Jan Kløvstad, Norway, 1989-1994
Peter Turtschnaninoff, Finland, 1994-1999
Helga Hjørvar, Iceland, 1999-2005
Niels Halm, Denmark, 2005-2013
Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Iceland, 2013-2018
Gunn Hernes, Norway, 2018 –
In 2008 The Nordic House celebrated its 25th anniversary and the opening of an addition to the building. A new large hall for exhibitions, concerts and conferences and three smaller rooms for seminars and meetings.