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European countries: legal resources: Regional matters

Subjects: Law, Law - Foreign Law

Nordic law or Scandinavian Law

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland are the four motors behind harmonisation of the laws across modern Scandinavia, cooperating when it comes to legislative reform of topics or areas of law.
 
Three - but not Norway - are also members of the European Union.

Norway - along with Iceland - are members of The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States (the others being Liechtenstein & Switzerland).
 

Also in the geographic region are three autonomous territories with independent parliaments - at least for certain aspects of self-government and policy making.

  • The Åland Islands (part of the Republic of Finland) It is a member of the EU, under a special protocol.
  • The Faroe Islands (part of the Kingdom of Denmark) It is not a member of the EU but has a fisheries and trading agreement with the EU.
  • Greenland (part of the Kingdom of Denmark) with a special relationship (and a fishing agreement) with the EU, rather than membership.

What is Scandinavian law? : social private law (2007) General 510 S283.6/50

Journals available at Oxford

NIR : Nordiskt immateriellt rättsskydd General 300 N40

Some books in the Law Bod

Note the shelf marks - and ask for directions!

EFTA: European Free Trade Agreement

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States:

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland.

 The Association manages the EFTA Convention; EFTA’s worldwide network of free trade and partnership agreements, and the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.