Network: Nordic network on health inequalities

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2005
End date: 31/12/2007
Funding: 396000 SEK


Inequalities in health and mortality between social classes, educational groups and income layers are found also in advanced welfare states like Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Research on the mechanisms behind these inequalities and how to reduce them adds to our understanding of how social, psychological and biological processes interact with each other.

The Nordic countries provides an interesting case for this research, partly because of the common traits in terms of historical development and welfare state arrangements, but also due to some specific differences. In addition, there is good availability of comparable and high quality data. There is therefore a lot to be gained from intensified Nordic collaboration in this field.

The Nordic network on inequalities in health has been running for more than a decade. It includes researchers from social and public health sciences in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Oslo. Activities have included joint seminars, exchange of guest researchers, and joint research projects.

The network is currently involved in several joint projects. During spring 2006 a series of doctoral student workshops will be continued. These workshops have offered doctoral students an opportunity to present their work in an informal setting for other doctoral students and senior researchers from Nordic countries. One workshop will be arranged in Stockholm with participants from CHESS and The Danish Graduate School of Public Health, another workshop will be held in Helsinki with participants from CHESS and the Finnish Doctoral School in Population, Health and Welfare.

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