Creating age-friendly cities in the Nordic region


Life expectancy in the Nordic region is increasing and the proportion of elderly is growing rapidly. Even though this is a positive development, it poses major challenges. Especially in the fields of housing, transportation, urban planning, health care and social services. It is important to create environments that accommodate senior citizens and allow them to continue to experience quality of life as they get older. 

How do we create these age-friendly communities? Many municipalities in the Nordic region are working ambitiously to become a better place to grow older in. Seven Nordic cities have joined the WHO network Age-friendly cities and communities. Some of these cities are described in a Nordic Welfare publication called A better environment to age in – working towards age-friendly cities in the Nordic region (2018). The cities in this network are committed to work within several areas and with a long-term perspective to involve the elderly to participate in this development.

Inclusive community planning must be based on human diversity and also contribute to sustainable development. A universally designed society is thus an investment.

This is the first major conference in the Nordic region focusing on age-friendly cities. The aim of the conference is to pave the way for establishing a strong Nordic network that can work with these issues in the years to come.

Experts, politicians, researchers and representatives from pensioners’ organisations in the Nordic countries are included in the program of this conference. The speakers will inspire by presenting their ideas for changes and improvements.

The conference is arranged by the Nordic Welfare Centre on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.