Creating age-friendly cities in the Nordic region
Life expectancy in the Nordic region is increasing and the proportion of elderly is growing rapidly. Even though this is a positive development, it poses major challenges. Especially in the fields of housing, transportation, urban planning, health care and social services. It is important to create environments that accommodate senior citizens and allow them to continue to experience quality of life as they get older.
How do we create these age-friendly communities? Many municipalities in the Nordic region are working ambitiously to become a better place to grow older in. Seven Nordic cities have joined the WHO network Age-friendly cities and communities. Some of these cities are described in a Nordic Welfare publication called A better environment to age in – working towards age-friendly cities in the Nordic region (2018). The cities in this network are committed to work within several areas and with a long-term perspective to involve the elderly to participate in this development.
Inclusive community planning must be based on human diversity and also contribute to sustainable development. A universally designed society is thus an investment.
This is the first major conference in the Nordic region focusing on age-friendly cities. The aim of the conference is to pave the way for establishing a strong Nordic network that can work with these issues in the years to come.
Experts, politicians, researchers and representatives from pensioners’ organisations in the Nordic countries are included in the program of this conference. The speakers will inspire by presenting their ideas for changes and improvements.
The conference is arranged in the Stockholm area on the 15-16th of October 2018 and the target group is politicians, decision-makers and civil servants at both national and local level as well as organisations from the Nordic countries, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
The conference is arranged by the Nordic Welfare Centre on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The conference will take place at Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, situated in Solna just outside the city center of Stockholm, Sweden. The hotel is located at the edge of the beautiful Brunnsviken Bay and Haga Park, offering beautiful walking routes and the Haga Palace, a stunning example of early 19th century Swedish architecture.
Address: Frösundaviks Allé 15, 169 04 Stockholm, Sverige (on the map)
Arriving by plane
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport is located approximately 35 kilometers from the hotel. It is convenient to use Airport coaches (bus) for the transfer. The coaches run from Arlanda international and domestic terminals and stop near by the hotel (stop: Frösunda strand). Please find more information on airport coaches here. It is also convenient to take a taxi from the terminal and head straight to the conference venue. The price should be between SEK 495 and SEK 550. The following taxi companies are reliable: Taxi Stockholm, Sverige Taxi or Taxi Kurir.
- Bromma Stockholm Airport is only 8 kilometers from the hotel. It is convenient to take a taxi from Bromma airport directly to the hotel. The following taxi companies are reliable: Taxi Stockholm, Sverige Taxi eller Taxi Kurir.
Travelling from Stockholm city center
- Bus 67 runs from Stockholm Odenplan station, which is a hub for local traffic in Stockholm and stops approximately 400 meters from the hotel (station: Frösunda strand). Timetables and further information here.
- The commuter train from Stockholm Central Station towards Märsta or Upplands Väsby is also an option. Please disembark at Solna station. The distance from Solna station to the hotel is approximately 1,4 kilometers by foot. Bus number 67 will take you all the way to the hotel (please see instructions for bus above).
Taxis in Stockholm
If you wish to use taxi services in Stockholm, we recommend the following taxi companies:
- Taxi Stockholm, +46 (0)8 15 00 00
- Taxi Kurir, +46 (0)8 30 00 00
- Sverige Taxi, +46 (0)20-20 20 20
Program and list of participants
We are currently working on the program and aim to distribute it as soon as possible. A list of participants will be distributed closer to the start of the event.
There are a number of rooms preliminary reserved at the conference hotel, Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel. The price of a single room is SEK 1495. The price includes breakfast and entrance to the hotel spa. Please note that all participants should pay for the room at check-out.
If you wish to reserve a room at the conference hotel, please inform us about this in the registration form.
It is possible to reserve rooms until 17th of September 2018 (subject to availability).