The five Nordic embassies in Canada came together to join a local beach cleanup in Ottawa.



To find out more about how the Nordics are leading the fight for a greener, healthier planet, scroll down.


A message from the Nordic ambassadors to Canada.


From crisis to opportunity

Denmark is among the world leaders in wind power. Ambassador Niels Boel Abrahamsen discusses the benefits of his country's embrace of renewable energy, and how Denmark and Canada can move forward together on environment policy.

Hot springs eternal

Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson discusses how Iceland has harnessed a unique natural resource to minimise its carbon footprint, and how they are happy to share their knowledge in this area with Canada and the rest of the world.

A three point plan

Swedish Ambassador to Canada, Per Sjögren, outlines his country's pathway to achieving the Paris Climate Goals and looks at three specific actions Sweden is taking to help the fight against climate change. 

Long-term thinking

Vesa Lehtonen, Finland's Ambassador to Canada discusses his compatriots' love of nature and how that has led his country to the forefront of the circular economy movement. He also talks about how the Finns are taking on global challenges by thinking locally.

A seafaring nation

Ambassador Anne Kari H. Ovind explains how Norwegians have lived off the riches of the sea for centuries and why clean and productive oceans form a cornerstone of Norway’s domestic, foreign and development policy.


The theme of World Environment Day on 5th June 2018 was #BeatPlasticPollution. To mark this day and shed a light on how marine litter is threatening our oceans and waterways the Nordic embassies in Canada joined forces with Ottawa Riverkeeper, Environment and Climate Change Canada and other volunteers on Westboro Beach.

The Nordic cleanup was part of City of Ottawa’s Spring Cleaning in the Capital and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Beach cleanups are widespread in all five Nordic countries, and there is also a joint Nordic beach cleaning day. We are all in it together to fight plastic pollution!



Cleanup team photo by M. Lipman / ORK-GRO