Today's summit is truly historic in many ways. Never before have the five Nordic heads of state been invited to the White House simultaneously for a full day with the US president.
"This is a very important meeting, and it is a fantastic invitation from the American president and the American administration. It is also a token of the importance attached to the US' relation with the Nordic countries," Ambassador Björn Lyrvall said. "We see ourselves as part of the solution, not part of the problem. We come up with ideas on how to tackle some of the major global challenges," he continued.
"On the one hand, the Nordic nations have discrepancies about how the refugee issue should be resolved. On the other hand, the US, regardless of its generosity in financial terms of the refugee issue, is not ready to accept more refugees," Conley said.
At present, the Nordic countries may be among the few that enjoy a truly unclouded relation with the United States.
"If multibillionaire Donald Trump in about eight months ends up sitting in the White House as President of the United States, a few international agreements will probably be reconsidered. But America's close relationship with the five Nordic countries will most likely remain," Danish newspaper Berlingske concluded prior to the summit.