Nordic emergency agreement

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Photo: Haukur Ólafsson.

This May, the Ambassadors from the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden signed a Common Contingency Framework agreement in order to stand better equipped when facing a major accident or natural disaster in India involving citizens from one or more of the Nordic countries.

India is a popular tourist destination for Nordic nationals, and numerous Nordic nationals stay in India on a permanent basis. In addition to belonging to a high-risk natural disaster area, India is geographically very large and logistically challenging, which presents intricate challenges for setting up preventive consular activities. 

The aim of this agreement is to establish crisis management cooperation in India between the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in New Delhi, India. The object of this cooperation is to better use the resources of the Nordic Embassies with the intent to help the Nordic citizens involved and their relatives, and to assist Indian authorities and relevant institutions in the best way possible. This can be done by ensuring that relevant national authorities, institutions and the media are well informed about the situation as well as assisting personnel from national authorities and emergency support teams.

Scenarios that may fall within the scope of this framework agreement are serious accidents involving any means of transportation, i.e. aircraft, train, boat, ferry, passenger ships and buses. Other incidents can be hotel fires, acts of terrorism or natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, landslides, flooding and outbreak of infectious diseases.

Ambassador to Denmark Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador to Finland Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador to Iceland Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador to Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Ambassador to Sweden Harald Sandberg. Photo: Haukur Ólafsson.