Europe is the region with the highest number of World Heritage sites, with 48 reporting countries and 244 sites concerned. The region has thus been divided into 5 sub-regions.
At a regional meeting in Latvia in June 2003, the Baltic States Parties decided to coordinate the Baltic Periodic Reporting with the Nordic States Parties, thus the Nordic and Baltic sub-region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden) was constituted.
Only sites inscribed up to 1998 were to be reported on. There were 21 World Heritage sites inscribed up to 1998 in the Nordic - Baltic sub-region; 20 cultural sites and one mixed.
Three sub-regional coordination meetings were held:
Riga (Latvia) 2003
Stockholm (Sweden) 2004
Copenhagen (Denmark) 2005
NWHF was the technical coordinator and facilitator of the Periodic Reporting process, and has produced the Sub-regional Synthesis Report Sections I and II.