Nordic Countries
Working Together
Pärla Salomaa
Secretary General
Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving
Federation (FSL)
Nordic Countries
• Denmark (+Faroe
Islands and Greenland)
• Finland (+Åland Islands)
• Iceland
• Norway
• Sweden
Source: W...
Long history together
• Kalmar Union 1397-
1523: Confederation
with all Nordic countries
• Finland part of Sweden
1300’s-1...
Nordic Council
• Forum for co-operation between the
Nordic countries established after World
War II
• 1954 Nordic labour m...
A lot in common
• Geography: location
and climate
• Low population density
(total population 25
million)
• Advanced gender...
Also from lifesaving point of view
• Plenty of water:
lakes, rivers, fjords,
sea
• Cold water and ice
 Hypothermia real
d...
Image of Nordic Countries
Source: Turbosquid.com, Wikipedia.org
We have four seasons
Source:
123rf.com, Yachtpals.com, Icelandvi
king.com, Flickriver.com, Mtv3.fi, Pb
ase.com,
Nordic Lifesaving Federation
• Founded in 1945 in
Stockholm, Sweden
• Founded by the
Lifesaving
Federations of
Denmark, Fi...
Federation becomes Group
• Since 2008
meetings every
year
• In 2012 name
changed to Nordic
Lifesaving Group
• Bye-laws und...
Nordic Lifesaving Group
• Yearly meetings in the fall
• Organiser rotates
• No secretary or staff
• No bureaucracy
• No bu...
Nordic Co-operation
• Swimming ability
• Drowning prevention and statistics
• Sharing best practice
• Protecting immateria...
Swimming Ability
• 1996 agreement on common definition of
swimming ability:
• A person can be said to be able to swim
when...
Swimming Ability in Nordic
Countries
Country Children (grade) Adults
Denmark 79% (6-7th garde) 66%
Finland 72% (6th grade)...
Swimming Education in Nordic
Countries
• Swimming education in
school curricula in all
Nordic Countries
• Norway: most emp...
Drowning prevention in Nordic
Countries
• Typical case: Middle-
aged man under the
influence of alcohol
• Sharing best
pra...
Drowning Statistics
• Most collect data from press
clippings, followed by official statistics
• Sweden publishes a yearly ...
Nordic Co-operation in sports and
lifesaving
• Nordic Championships in many different
sports disciplines
• Nordic Lifesavi...
Letter of Intent
• Signed by
Denmark, Finland, Norway
and Sweden in 2012
• Agreement to protect
intellectual property from...
Sharing knowledge
• Open
camps and
competitions
• Visiting
coaches
• Ease of
communicati
on: Secretary
General,
Education
...
International Work
• ILS International Lifesaving Federation
• ILSE International Lifesaving Federation of
Europe
• IFSTA ...
New observers
• Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania invited to
Nordic Meeting in 2012
• Estonia observer status
• Meetings open ...
Benefits of co-operation
• No need to re-invent the wheel
• Better use of scarce resources
• Working with same issues give...
With the assistance of my colleagues
• Karin Brand, Sweden
• Erik Bech, Denmark
• John-Inge Austad, Norway
• Hafthor Gudmu...
Pärla Salomaa
Secretary General
parla.salomaa@suh.fi
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Keynote speech at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (Ptsdam, Germany) in October 2013.
Main emphasis was to demonstrate what the Nordic Countries have achieved so far and how they are cooperating in daily business.

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Keynote speech at WCDP 2013 - Nordic Countries Working Together - Pärla Salomaa

  1. 1. Nordic Countries Working Together Pärla Salomaa Secretary General Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation (FSL)
  2. 2. Nordic Countries • Denmark (+Faroe Islands and Greenland) • Finland (+Åland Islands) • Iceland • Norway • Sweden Source: Wikipedia.org, Oerlikonbalzerscoating.com
  3. 3. Long history together • Kalmar Union 1397- 1523: Confederation with all Nordic countries • Finland part of Sweden 1300’s-1809 • Denmark-Norway 1524- 1814 • Sweden-Norway 1814- 1905 Source: Globalsecurity.com
  4. 4. Nordic Council • Forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries established after World War II • 1954 Nordic labour market • 1958 Nordic Passport Union • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania observers
  5. 5. A lot in common • Geography: location and climate • Low population density (total population 25 million) • Advanced gender equality level, high education level • Welfare states • Different languages Source: Nordregio.com
  6. 6. Also from lifesaving point of view • Plenty of water: lakes, rivers, fjords, sea • Cold water and ice  Hypothermia real danger year round • People spend time around water Source: Koulukartta.fi
  7. 7. Image of Nordic Countries Source: Turbosquid.com, Wikipedia.org
  8. 8. We have four seasons Source: 123rf.com, Yachtpals.com, Icelandvi king.com, Flickriver.com, Mtv3.fi, Pb ase.com,
  9. 9. Nordic Lifesaving Federation • Founded in 1945 in Stockholm, Sweden • Founded by the Lifesaving Federations of Denmark, Finland, No rway and Sweden • Iceland joined in 1970 • Conference every 3 years Source: FSL
  10. 10. Federation becomes Group • Since 2008 meetings every year • In 2012 name changed to Nordic Lifesaving Group • Bye-laws under revision Source: DSF
  11. 11. Nordic Lifesaving Group • Yearly meetings in the fall • Organiser rotates • No secretary or staff • No bureaucracy • No budget, no voting • Only regional group within ILSE
  12. 12. Nordic Co-operation • Swimming ability • Drowning prevention and statistics • Sharing best practice • Protecting immaterial rights • International issues
  13. 13. Swimming Ability • 1996 agreement on common definition of swimming ability: • A person can be said to be able to swim when one, after being immersed in water, can swim continuously for 200 meters, out of which 50 meters backstroke. • Sent to ILSE for approval • Hopefully to ILS in the future
  14. 14. Swimming Ability in Nordic Countries Country Children (grade) Adults Denmark 79% (6-7th garde) 66% Finland 72% (6th grade) 68% Iceland 96% (6th grade) 95% Norway 50% (4th grade) Data not available Sweden 92% (5th grade) 73% Source: FSL
  15. 15. Swimming Education in Nordic Countries • Swimming education in school curricula in all Nordic Countries • Norway: most emphasis on cold water swimming • Sweden and Iceland: no school diploma unless swimming abilitySource: SLS
  16. 16. Drowning prevention in Nordic Countries • Typical case: Middle- aged man under the influence of alcohol • Sharing best practice, like information, events, e ducation, advertising, and methods to fight the common problem Source: Kemijoki.fi
  17. 17. Drowning Statistics • Most collect data from press clippings, followed by official statistics • Sweden publishes a yearly report in Swedish and English • Finland has same format since 2011, published in Finnish and English • Studies in all countries but at different times • Plan to gather more information about drowning statistics in Nordic Countries
  18. 18. Nordic Co-operation in sports and lifesaving • Nordic Championships in many different sports disciplines • Nordic Lifesaving Championships
  19. 19. Letter of Intent • Signed by Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in 2012 • Agreement to protect intellectual property from commercial actors • Material first offered to other Nordic FederationsSource: SLS, NLF
  20. 20. Sharing knowledge • Open camps and competitions • Visiting coaches • Ease of communicati on: Secretary General, Education specialist • Sending or distributing materials Source: DSF, FSL
  21. 21. International Work • ILS International Lifesaving Federation • ILSE International Lifesaving Federation of Europe • IFSTA International Federation of Swimming Teachers’ Associations • No need to have own representative everywhere: we still get the necessary information
  22. 22. New observers • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania invited to Nordic Meeting in 2012 • Estonia observer status • Meetings open to other observers as well
  23. 23. Benefits of co-operation • No need to re-invent the wheel • Better use of scarce resources • Working with same issues gives certainty and confidence • Friendship
  24. 24. With the assistance of my colleagues • Karin Brand, Sweden • Erik Bech, Denmark • John-Inge Austad, Norway • Hafthor Gudmundsson, Iceland Together we are stronger Source: Kotu.oulu.fi
  25. 25. Pärla Salomaa Secretary General parla.salomaa@suh.fi

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