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Nordic Welfare Solutions

  • Published 22/06/2017
  • Last updated 28/06/2017
Showcasing and demonstrating Nordic welfare solutions to the global market.

Nordic Welfare Solutions


From 01/01/2017
To 31/12/2019

People from all over the world look to the Nordic countries – how we address social challenges, how we care for the elderly and build our hospitals and care homes. The world needs new and holistic welfare solutions. This project will showcase and demonstrate some of them. In this project, the Nordic countries will work even more closely together to coordinate the way in which these solutions are presented to other selected markets.


The Nordic countries are often trail blazers, and lead the way in transforming healthcare to meet the challenges of the future. Due to a well-developed and well-organised health and welfare system, the Nordic region is able to offer tailored and innovative welfare solutions both in hospitals, care facilities and homes. Our health and welfare solutions often also intersect fields like architecture, (service) design and digital solutions – to name but a few. Many of these new solutions promote environmental, economic and social sustainability.


We believe that Nordic Welfare Solutions will help the world make progress toward a number of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation), and SDG 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).


Nordic Welfare Solutions will present Nordic solutions to the rest of the world and:

  • Promote progress toward the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Boost exports of Nordic products and solutions
  • Strengthen networks of Nordic exporters (value chains)
  • Create a strong brand and story about Nordic Welfare Solutions
  • Enhance knowledge of innovative Nordic health and welfare solutions both inside and outside the Nordic region





Nordic Welfare Solutions is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges, which is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


This flagship project builds on the Innovative Nordic Welfare Solutions lighthouse project, which aimed to strengthen the Nordic region as an innovative and leading region within health and welfare. The project is managed by Nordic Innovation.



Branding material


Strongholds and Qualities of the Nordic Health Tech Ecosystem


An analysis of positions of strengths of Nordic health tech companies (PDF download).




A Nordic Story About Smart Digital Health


A storytelling document based on the Smart Digital Health stronghold identified in the Strongholds and Qualities of the Nordic Health Tech Ecosystem analysis (PDF download).



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Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges video


The patient is in the center of the development of healthcare in the Nordic countries. The patient is also at the center of his and her own healthcare. This implies sharing of information, transparency and the respect of the integrity of the individual. 

Watch this video made by Healthcare Denmark to learn more about how the Nordics put the patient first in healthcare. 



Additional material will be made available countinuously.



Task force


To help develop, promote and execute the project, Nordic Innovation has put together a task force consiting of close collaboration partners from the Nordic health and welfare sector. The task force consists of representatives from the following organisations:



  • Healthcare DENMARK
  • Welfare Tech
  • Danish Trade Council
  • Scion DTU


  • Innovation Norway
  • Norway Health Tech
  • Norwegian Smart Care Cluster


  • Business Finland
  • Healthtech Finland
  • Upgraded


  • Business Sweden
  • Swedish Medtech
  • Swecare


  • Federation of Icelandic Industries
  • Promote Iceland
Collection of task force member logos
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Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges

Nordic Welfare Solutions is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges initiative, which is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges is an initiative by the prime ministers of the most integrated region in the world. The Nordic region promotes sustainability and progress toward the UN Sustainability Goals, sharing knowledge of three themes: Nordic Green, Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food & Welfare.