About us

Nettverk for helsefremmende samfunn (fremsam) was founded in 1994. Since then, the network has worked to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city and municipal governments. Our member municipalities and counties are politically committed to lead by example and develop health and well-being through whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches.

Changing cities to change the world

The purpose of the network is to support the work of the member municipalities and counties on community development that promotes health and well-being and reduces health inequities. This is carried out by creating opportunities for cooperation and knowledge sharing that will strengthen the members’ ability to be innovative, identifying and testing new methods and approaches.

Health and well-being as drivers for sustainable development

The work of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network is divided into phases. The current Phase VII will prioritize the themes presented in the Copenhagen Consensus of Mayors, which is inspired by and aligned with Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Healthy Cities Vision

  • People: A healthy city takes a human approach to development, prioritizing investment in people and ensuring access for all to common  goods and services.
  • Participation: A healthy city leads by example ensuring community participation in decisions that affect where and how people live, their  common goods and services.
  • Prosperity: A healthy city strives for enhanced community prosperity and strengthened assets through values-based governance of common  goods and services.
  • Planet: A healthy city ensures that the health and well-being of both the people and the planet are at the heart of all the city’s  internal and external policies.
  • Place: A healthy city creates an accessible social, physical and cultural environment that facilitates the pursuit of health and  well-being.
  • Peace: A healthy city leads by example by promoting and keeping peace in all its actions, policies and systems.
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