The future of Nordic health co-operation

Bo Könberg och Kristján Þór Júlíusson
Nordic health co-operation is largely based on the 14 proposals put forward by Bo Könberg in his independent report Det framtida nordiska hälsosamarbetet (The future of Nordic health co-operation). The proposals highlight how Nordic health co-operation can be developed and strengthened over the next five to ten years.

The report was submitted to the Icelandic Minister of Health on 11 June 2014. It was presented at a meeting of the Nordic ministers for health and social affairs in October of the same year, following an intensive working period.  Over the course of a year, Könberg and Astrid Utterström, a senior advisor at the Nordic Council of Ministers, visited all five of the Nordic countries, as well as the Faroe Islands and Åland, where they conducted more than 80 meetings involving around 250 people. 

Two contact people were appointed from each country and contributed useful perspectives and suggestions during the process.

Könberg used as his model the report Fremtidens nordiske utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitiske samarbeid (Future co-operation on Nordic defence and foreign affairs policy), presented in 2009 by former Norwegian Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs Thorvald Stoltenberg. 

Könberg’s report was drawn up as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme Sustainable Nordic Welfare – one of the Council of Ministers’ biggest priorities for the period 2013 to 2015. However, the work of following up on the proposals presented in the report will continue beyond the programme period. 

Bo Könberg is a Swedish Liberal politician. He was the Swedish Minister for Health Care and Social Security from 1991 to 1994, during which time he led efforts to reform the Swedish pensions system. Könberg has participated in several Swedish studies on welfare, including work on the Ädel reform and the Study on the Nursing Care Charge.