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’s health authorities streamline health screening programmes

In a bid to streamline and coordinate health screening programmes nationally, Sweden’s health authorities have begun to assess and recommend which tests regional authorities may implement to identify people who may be ill but do not yet have symptoms.

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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2011)

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