The first Nordic congress was held in Copenhagen in 1979. The purpose was to strengthen the network and identity among Nordic general practitioners and to facilitate research, teaching and quality development within the Nordic congresses.
The responsibility and the economy for the Nordic congress of general practice lie with the organizing country alone, but the arrangement with regard to timing, venue and content is most often in cooperation between the Nordic colleges.
Johann A. Sigurdsson, Iceland, Anna Stavdal, Norway and Linn Getz, Norway/Iceland wrote in the editorial in SJPHC, 2006; 24:196-198:
We hope that the Nordic Congresses of General Practice, in cooperation with the journal, can thereby