Fifteen years on: Finland and Sweden in the European Union

On 15th October 2010, the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs are organizing a conference aimed at examining the Finnish and Swedish experience as members of the EU.

The economic crash in Iceland has given the question of EU membership more prominence in determining Iceland´s future. In the midst of one of the biggest crisis in Iceland´s modern history, the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland have been working hard over the past couple of years to open up and stimulate an informed debate about Iceland´s future. This has been done through the organization of the seminar series ‘The Future of Iceland in the Community of Nations’ in Spring 2009, and the ‘The Europe Dialogues’ which are held every Friday this semester.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the economic and political dimension of EU membership. Issues such as changing attitudes to the EU, political identity in the EU, and the future of agricultural and rural policies in the EU will also be addressed.

The program is a draft only and may change.