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Three Nordic Healthy Cities Projects Will Be Continued

For the past year and a half, Nordic cities have collaborated on five projects under the Nordic Healthy Cities initiative to explore how cities can mitigate and prevent health challenges in the Nordic region.

After showing promising results, three of the five projects have now been continued for 18 months with co-funding from Nordic Innovation. The three projects all support the vision of the Health, Demography and Quality of Life program, which is to create the most sustainable and integrated health region in the world where we can provide the best possible personalized health care.

The continued projects are:

Crowdsensed Data

Lead city: Stavanger

Participating cities: Aarhus, Vejle, Helsinki (Forum Virium) and Copenhagen.

The objective is to explore and map public health data that can be gathered in large volumes with the help from engaged citizens. The project aims to generate insights and start a cross-Nordic collaboration for data collection. There is a desire to unlock data from personal activity trackers, air quality sensors, and other sensors that can improve public health. Besides being relevant in urban planning settings, this data also increases awareness about our health and the health of our cities.

The project is currently running a pilot called “I ♥ ViGÅ”, where the City of Stavanger has received, anonymized, and analyzed personally generated data from heart rate monitors and are trying to use this in municipal planning processes. Together with Polar, DNV GL and the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster, the project is testing dynamic consent control as a tool to enable faster and easier co-creation between citizens and the municipality when handling data.

Health Data

Lead city: Tampere

Participating cities: Syddjurs, Vejle, Torshavn and Espoo.

This project is targeting children and elderly citizens with the purpose of getting a holistic view of their health data by combining public and private data sources – and create a Nordic model for health data. Data collected in the project can serve as test beds to boost innovation, ideas, and suggestions for new future service solutions for the municipalities. Moreover, the target is to increase citizens’ awareness about their own data and how it is used to improve local public health.

The first phase of this project was run in Denmark, where children's activity levels during school days were measured. The database will provide valuable insights on how to take preventive actions for better health. This pilot was done in cooperation with CGI (data analyzation) and Axivity (activity monitors).

In the next phase, the project will build a stronger data infrastructure and then combine the data collected in the first phase with public data from the City of Tampere for analysis. Then, the project will run a new pilot targeting elderly people groups in Tampere.

Sleep Monitoring

Lead city: Aarhus

Participating cities: Reykjavík and Helsinki.

The aim of the Sleep Monitoring project is to improve the sleep of residents with cognitive impairments (e.g. dementia) at nursing homes in the Nordics. The project builds upon the findings in a previous project where the City of Aarhus participated, which showed that the sleep of citizens at nursing homes can be improved by data from technology that monitors sleep and physical activities.

Sleep monitoring in itself does not provide citizens with better sleep, but by developing technology that provides valid measurement methods for monitoring and investigating citizens' sleep, the sleep-enhancing measures such as administration of medication or sensory-stimulating measures with better sleep as the main purpose are targeted and streamlined.

In the first phase, the project has developed a prototype for a solution in close collaboration with the companies Amplex and Develco products. The project has spent some time on making an OPI (Public-private-innovation) agreement with two Aarhus companies to co-develop a valid bed sensor that complies with all GDPR requirements in the Nordics.

In the project’s last phase, the solutions will be tested in a small scale in order to get a proof of concept – and make necessary adjustments accordingly.

About Nordic Healthy Cities

With support from Nordic Innovation, the Nordic Smart City Network (NSCN) initiated Nordic Healthy Cities, which is setting out to mitigate and prevent health challenges and set the public sector as a driver of innovation in close partnership with private companies. The project is part of the Health, Demography and Quality of Life program.

Together, the cities will run five projects that will test innovative practices to tackle health challenges in future urban areas. The chosen pilots are innovative and prioritize the transfer of learning to other Nordic cities and potentially other and bigger markets.

The ultimate aim is to create supportive urban environments and living, to improve health and quality of life, and thus support Nordic Innovation’s vision of a sustainable and integrated health region. NSCN will cooperate with private companies to deliver sustainable solutions to deal with the health challenges brought by increased urbanization.


Portrait Rasmus Malmborg

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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