The Nordplus Framework Programme 2012 - 2016

The Nordplus Programme consists of a set of agreed overarching objectives and five sub-programmes, i.e. the cross-sectoral Nordplus Horizontal Programme and four sectoral programmes – the Nordplus Junior Programme, the Nordplus Higher Education Programme, the Nordplus Adult Learning Programme and the Nordic Language Programme.

The overarching objectives for the Nordplus 20012-2016 are:

  • To strengthen and develop Nordic educational cooperation and contribute to the establishment of a Nordic-Baltic educational region;
  • To support, develop, draw benefit from and disseminate innovative products and processes in education through the systematic exchange of experiences and best practice;
  • To contribute to the development of quality and innovation in the educational systems for lifelong learning in the participating countries by means of educational cooperation, as well as cooperating with workplaces, about development projects, exchanges and building of networks;
  • To promote Nordic languages and culture, as well as mutual Nordic-Baltic linguistic and cultural understanding;
  • Strengthen the language comprehension for the Nordic languages, especially among children and youth, primarily for Danish, Swedish and Norwegian;
  • Encourage the interest in, knowledge of, and understanding of the Nordic languages.

Target groups and participation

The different sub-programmes under Nordplus are supposed to cover all levels and participants that are involved in both formal and non-formal education and lifelong learning.
Applicants and partners to any Nordplus sub-programme must be an institution or an organisation, individual persons cannot apply to Nordplus.

Here are the main target groups for the sub-programmes:

  • Nordplus Junior – kindergartens/pre-schools, primary/secondary schools and upper secondary schools (academic or vocational), vocational schools and apprentice programmes;
  • Nordplus Higher Education – private and public institutions in higher education;
  • Nordplus Adult – all types of organizations in the field of adult learning;
  • Nordplus Horizontal – cross-sector cooperation between most target groups and participants in the field of education;
  • Nordplus Nordic Language – institutions on all levels in the educational sectors, as well as other organizations, private or public.

Only participants in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, and the self-governed areas of Åland, Faroe Islands and Greenland can be funded through Nordplus.

Programme activities and funding

The main activities supported through any of the five Nordplus sub-programmes are:

  • Project/network activities:

Minimum requirement for eligibility is that an application has three partners from three different Nordplus countries. Funding by budget – applications must include an attached budget.

  • Mobility activities:

Minimum requirement for eligibility is two partners from two different Nordplus countries. Funding is calculated automatically by application system based on fixed rates. No need for attached budget.

Nordplus Adult, Junior and Higher Education have both options, but in Nordplus Nordic Language and Horizontal the only application option is project/network.

Programme results

Here you can find lists of all granted Nordplus-projects from the past years:


The Nordplus Administration System is based on a consortium appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, consisting of five national programme agencies in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, each appointed as chief administrator (CA) for a particular Nordplus sub-programme or Nordplus associated programme.

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), Norway, is appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers as chief co-ordinator (CCo) of the Nordplus Administration System. More information on:

The co-administrators from the State Education Development Agency in Latvia are:
Sintija Šmite (e-mail:, phone: +371 67785415) and Liene Gailīte (e-mail:, phone: +371 67785424).