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.
Top storyBlood connects us all – blood donation text message service in Sweden
Only a quarter of blood donations in high-income countries come from young people (up to age 24). An initiative in Sweden lets blood donors know via text message when their blood has been given to a patient. This is one example of using technology to recruit new donors and to keep them donating. On 14 June, World Blood Donor Day, we thank blood donors for their life-saving gift, and underline the need for regular blood donation.
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