The Scandinavian Arena is a political collaboration covering a corridor extending 600 km between the cities of Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and the Öresund region. The collaboration initiative was taken in 2000 by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a political collaboration committee composed of representatives from Norway, Sweden and Denmark was established. The secretariat is formed of the secretariats for the Gothenburg-Oslo Cooperation and the Öresund committee.

The aim of the Scandinavian arena is to intensify cooperation between the Gothenburg-Oslo and Öresund regions and to exploit the unique potential and enormous opportunities especially in the fields of infrastructure and culture.

The Scandinavian Arena also operates as the political steering group for the Scandinavian 8 Million City COINCO ll, a project operating within the scope of INTERREG IVA 2007-2013. This non-governmental organisation actively supports a network of companies, institutions and professionals in the Baltic Sea region. Its goal is to strengthen economic and political international partnerships between the Nordic and Baltic countries, Germany, Poland and Northwest-Russia.


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  • to improve coordination of implementation

  • to optimise multimodal operation for passengers & freight (with particular focus on nodes)

  • to enhance deployment of innovative technologies (pilot applications)