Northern Future Forum focuses on creative industries and public sector innovation

The Northern Future Forum this week will bring together for the fifth time the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe. On 28-29th October the seminar hosted by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will stimulate debate on how the creative industry sector can best be supported and discuss ways to innovate in the public sector to improve the quality of public services.

In addition to the Prime Ministers, approximately 80 experts from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Britain will participate in the informal discussions and exchange of ideas. Among the Icelandic experts participating in the seminar are Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, Executive Director of CCP; Ingi Rafn Sigurðsson, Executive Director of Karolina Fund; Vala Halldórsdóttir, Chief Revenue Officer at Plain Vanilla; Guðlaug Rakel Guðjónsdóttir, Chief Executive at Landspítali – The National University Hospital of Iceland; and Ingi Steinar Ingason, Project Manager for eHealth projects at the Directorate of Health.

The moderators of the discussions are Ragnhildur Arnljótsdóttir, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office;  Kristján Leósson, Managing Director of the Department of Materials, Biotechnology and Energy at Innovation Centre Iceland; Hilmar Bragi Janusson, Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland; Halla Tómasdóttir, Founder & CEO of Sisters Capital; Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland; Guðfinna S. Bjarnadóttir, Chief Executive Director of LEAD Consulting; Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, Permanent Secretary of the  Ministry of the Interior; Ari Kristinn Jónsson, President of Reykjavik University; and Dóra Ísleifsdóttir; Professor of Visual communication at Iceland Academy of the Arts.

More detailed information on the seminar, its programmes, the delegations, experts and speakers is available here on this website

It will be possible to follow the event’s opening speeches, summary and press conference via the website. The opening speeches will be webcast live at 08.30–08.50 and the summary and press conference at 13.00–10.00. It will be possible to follow discussions on twitter: @NFForum2015 and #NFForum2015.



Nine Prime Ministers discuss creative industries and public sector innovation at Northern Future Forum in Reykjavik

Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has invited the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe at the Northern Future Forum seminar, to be held in Reykjavik on 28th – and 29th of October 2015. The themes of the meeting are creative industries and simpler, smarter and innovative public services

The Northern Future Forum brings together for the fifth time in an informal setting the Prime Ministers of nine countries as well as business leaders and experts. Iceland, this year’s host country, wishes to stimulate debate on the importance of creative industries which account for higher than average growth and job creation, where measureable and innovation as a catalyst for change in the way public services are run. All of the countries participating in the event are facing common challenges, which include the need to balance public sector finances, digitalisation, and international competition.

“The Northern Future Forum is a great way to pool our knowledge and learn from one another. It is a unique venue where academia, the business sector and policy makers from nine countries come together to present and discuss innovative ideas. The challenges of our countries are in many ways similar and the sharing of ideas and knowledge in this open way strengthens our abilities to work through them” says Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.   “Iceland has some leading experts in these fields and we also look forward to learn from the discussions and to be inspired by our guests’ ideas and solutions.”

The seminar will be held at Grand Hotel Reykjavík. It will be possible to follow the event’s opening speeches, closing session and press conference by webcast.

The members of the Northern Future Forum met for the first time in London in January 2011. The seminar has also been held in Stockholm, Riga and Helsinki.

Further information: Arnar Þór Másson, Director General, tel. +354 545-8475 and Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Head of Division, tel. +354-545 8473, Prime Minister’s Office

The Northern Future Forum official website:

The Northern Future Forum 28-29 October 2015 in Reykjavík

The Northern Future Forum 2015 will be held on 28-29 October in Reykjavík, Iceland.

NFF is a venue that brings together the PMs from the UK, the Nordic and the Baltic countries with a wide range of creative and dynamic experts to look at different policy themes that affect us all.

The discussion will focus on how to improve the standard of living in the participating countries. During the forum, prime ministers and experts from different sectors come together in an informal setting to share their experiences of concrete projects and business opportunities.

The forum will include presentations on innovations and solutions that have helped to create jobs, improve living conditions and enhance productivity in the participating countries.

Presentations and material from the meeting will be made available here on this website.

This will be the fifth NFF. The first UK-Nordic-Baltic Summit was initiated by British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011. Since then, the NFF has been held in Stockholm in 2012, in Riga in 2013 and in Helsinki 2014. Previous meetings have focused on themes such as Technology and Innovation, Jobs, Family and Gender Equality, Women Entrepreneurship, Green Economy, Education systems and Innovative businesses. The basic concept has remained unchanged and has proven to be successful over the years.

The NFF 2015 will be hosted by the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, and take place in Reykjavík on 28-29 October 2015.

The main themes for NFF 2015 are: