About us

The Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is a biennial conference for parliamentarians representing the eight Arctic countries and the European Parliament.

The Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is a biennial conference for parliamentarians representing the eight Arctic countries and the European Parliament. The first Parliamentary Conference concerning Arctic cooperation was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993. The next conference will be a digital event hosted by Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament. The conference will take place 13th and 14th of April 2021.

The biennial conference is attended by representatives from the national parliaments of the Arctic states and the European Parliament. The Arctic indigenous peoples are permanent participants to the cooperation. Observers participate from governments and inter-parliamentary organizations as well as from observer states and relevant international organizations.

The Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, which is responsible for the work between conferences, started its activities in September 1994. The Standing Committee meets 3-4 times a year in the different Arctic countries to discuss current Arctic issues and the follow-up of the Conference Statement from the latest conference.

One of the main priorities of the Standing Committee was originally to support the establishment of the Arctic Council. Since then the Standing Committee has worked actively to promote the work of the Council and participates in the meetings of the Arctic Council as an observer. Today the Committee is engaged in topics like: shipping possibilities, education and research, human development and climate change.

Standing committee

The Standing Committee is hosting the 14th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region together with Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament.

Ms. Aaja Chemnitz Larsen

Ms. Aaja Chemnitz Larsen

MP, Parliament of Denmark, Chair of the Standing Committee

Mr. Mikko Kärnä

Mr. Mikko Kärnä

MP, Parliament of Finland, Centre Party

Mr. Yuriy I. Vazhenin

Mr. Yuriy I. Vazhenin

Council of Federation, Russia

Hon Larry Bagnell

Hon Larry Bagnell

Member of the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

MP, Parliament of Iceland

Mr. Andreas Schwab

Mr. Andreas Schwab

MP, European Parliament

Mrs. Lisa Murkowski

Mrs. Lisa Murkowski

Senator, United States Senate, Vice Chair of the Standing Committee

Mr. Mattias Karlsson

Mr. Mattias Karlsson

Member of the Swedish parliament

Mr. Aleksander K. Akimov

Mr. Aleksander K. Akimov

Council of Federation, Russia

Mr. Larry Maguire

Mr. Larry Maguire

Member of the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada

Mr. Eirik Sivertsen

Mr. Eirik Sivertsen

MP, Parliament of Norway