The Council has 87 elected members. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden each have 20 members. Of these, two of the Danish representatives are from the Faroe Islands and two are from Greenland, while Finland has two representatives from Åland. Iceland has seven members.
The members of the Council are members of the national parliaments and are nominated by the party groups. There is no procedure for direct election to the Nordic Council. The on-going political work in the Nordic Council is conducted through committees and party groups.
The Nordic Council, which is run by a Presidium, comes together at two annual meetings – the Ordinary Session and the Theme Session, at which the Nordic politicians make decisions on issues that they call on the Nordic governments to implement.
The relationship between the Nordic Youth Council and the Nordic Council
Proposals that the Nordic Youth Council (NYC) comes with, will be passed on to the Nordic Council. NYC’s presidium members take part in the Nordic Council’s meetings, and NYC's president speaks at the Nordic Council's annual session.
NYC's points of views are heard in Nordic Council and therefore, the NYC be a part in the debate among Nordic youth. In that way, the NYC can influence the Nordic Council’s resolutions and consequently, Nordic politics. NYC’s aim is to create relations and cooperation between young people in the north.
The NYC can be seen as, a reflection of the Nordic Council. By participating in the meetings or sessions organized by NYC or the Nordic Council young people can learn about politics and political work in practice. Nevertheless, NYC isn’t just for those young people who would like to become politicians; the gained experience can also be useful in many different careers.
Today, many young people have the interpretation, that politics isn’t interesting, but politics is indeed a very wide area. Everything, we do in our daily life has something to do with politics.
NYC can and intend to discuss more controversial topics and can take stronger positions than the Nordic Council. For example, the NYC has commented on the situation in Belarus, and has determined that the Nordic countries should support democracy activists and, this includes support for youth.