Sweden is situated in northern Europe, bordering Finland and Norway. It is a monarchy with a parliamentary form of government. The size of the population is about 9.4 million inhabitants and more than 80% of the population live in urban areas. The Swedish health care system is a socially responsible system with an explicit public commitment to ensure the health of all citizens. Quality health care for all is a cornerstone of the Swedish welfare state. The 1982 Health and Medical Services Act not only incorporated equal access to services on the basis of need, but also emphasizes a vision of equal health for all.

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Sweden takes action towards people-centred health professions education

A good practice brief on the reform of the medical curriculum in Sweden has been released in conjunction with the high-level regional meeting Health Systems Respond to Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), taking place on 16–18 April 2018 in Sitges, Spain.

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Fredsgatan 8
Stockholm SE-10333
Tel.: +46 8 405 10 00
Fax: +46 8 723 1191

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