Nordic Smart Cities has decided on four Nordic Healthy Cities-projects

The Nordic Smart City Network is working on four collaboration projects within Nordic Innovations' Health program, “Health, Demography and Quality of Life”. The four projects will test new innovative practices to tackle health effects in future urban areas. 

By sharing knowledge and learnings from innovation projects and by collaborating with private businesses, the Nordic cities will scale successful projects within their city to other partner cities. 

The Nordic Cities will collaborate on: Coordinating innovation projects on e.g. mobility, citizen engagement, data intelligence etc., help develop a new joint Nordic Marked within the field of Smart Cities, sharing information about relevant companies to support projects and activities amongst Nordic cities. 

The four selected projects are: 


Reduction in pollution

Lead City: Tórshavn

Participating cities: Stockholm, Copenhagen, Reykjavík, Stavanger

The project aims to reduce exposure to pollution, improve traffic flow, ensure safer and healthier cities and increase information to the public. Tórshavn will use data to enable better flow in traffic for busses, cars, bikes and pedestrians. By collecting and evaluating the methods used in the Nordic Cities, Tórshavn will measure traffic and pollution and the initiatives to minimize exposure to pollution. One or two solutions will be tested in 1-3 cities.


Healthy liveable neighbourhoods 

Lead: Forum Virium Helsinki

Participating cities: Vantaa, Stavanger, Copenhagen, Kristiansand

This nordic collaboration project focuses on more “edible”, green and inclusive neighbourhoods. The project explores the elements of liveable healthy neighbourhoods from the perspectives green infra and foodscapes to support the wellbeing, activity and inclusivity of residents.

We gather the nordic cities to collect and share insights on using participatory tools and data to support urban planning. Furthermore, the cities seek to explore the topics together through an open call for agile pilots seeking both digital tools to support urban planning as well as innovative block level solutions. 


Crowdsensed Data to Support Healthy Liveable Cities

Lead city: Stavanger

Participating cities: Aarhus, Vejle, Helsinki and Copenhagen

The objective is to explore and map public health data that can be gathered in large volumes with the help from engaged citizens. The project aims to generate insights and start a nordic collaboration for data collection. Data is already being gathered in large amounts by citizens but is locked in separate devices and rarely used in urban decision making. There is a desire to unlock data from personal activity trackers, air quality sensors, and other sensors that can improve public health. Besides being relevant in urban planning settings, it also increases awareness about our health and the health of our cities.


Health Data

Lead city: Tampere

Participating cities: Syddjurs, Vejle, Torshavn, Espoo

The purpose of Tampere’s project is to get a holistic view of health data by combining public and private data sources. This will enable individuals to improve their health and support healthcare organizations to create better and more effective services. As real-time information increases, data can be used to create predictive and prescriptive healthcare, which allows for more time and more cost-efficient healthcare services. The collecting of health data provides Tampere with great opportunities for research, innovation, businesses and development.