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Release 15.04.2021

Why sustainable healthcare is set to be next growth area for Sweden and Finland

Ministers meet in Stockholm to discuss ways to leverage digital leap triggered by COVID-19 and meet SDGs.

Sustainable healthcare will be a key topic at today’s Finnish-Swedish Ministerial Delegation entitled: “From a common vision to global action – Finland and Sweden as driving forces for a sustainable future”. In particular the focus will be on the potential of “Smart Hospitals” to not only improve health delivery and meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also generate major business opportunities.

Sweden and Finland like most countries globally are going through a period of dramatic demographic change with growing urban population and elderly populations increasing pressure on their existing healthcare systems and hospitals in particular. To meet this challenge, the idea of sustainable healthcare has emerged and been incorporated into the SDG’s. At one level this means guaranteed access to healthcare provision and here COVID-19 has had a major impact by accelerating the uptake of new technologies and delivery methods. At the same time, meeting the health SDG’s also means tackling the lesser-known problem of hospital energy emissions and medical waste. A recent survey estimated that the healthcare industry is responsible for 4.4 - 4.6 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and similar fractions of toxic air pollutants.*

As well as ministerial discussions, healthcare and industry representatives from both countries will outline how a unique opportunity for Sweden and Finland to collaborate and address this situation has arisen. By combining the numerous breakthrough technologies and policies already developed in both countries, a new generation of Smart Hospitals can be built.

Program highlights

Session 1 - Sustainable Healthcare Investments

Nordic Excellence in Healthcare Sustainability a Global Market Opportunity

Case: Environmental strategy - New Hospital Malmö

Case: Sustainable Hospital development in West Sweden – Case Högsbo sjukhus

Session 2 - The Swedish Market Opportunity as a Stepping-Stone to Global markets

Hospital Logistic in the New Smart Hospital

Nordic Collaboration for increased Export

Experiences from Finnish Hospital Project: New Hospital Iisalmi and OYS

Expert discussion on Sustainable Hospital as a Nordic Stronghold and Export


“Smart hospitals can improve patient outcomes and reduce waste to meet the SDGs and become the foundation of sustainable healthcare systems", says Nima Jokilaakso, Senior Adviser, Business Finland, organiser of the Sustainable Health program: “The opportunity is huge – in Sweden for example, Euros 10 billion has already been allowed for investment in hospital modernizations, expansions and new constructions. In the near future, there are 43 projects planned to start in 2020-2022 estimated at €3.2 billion, and out of these 23 are new Constructions, estimated at €2.5 billion. These investments have a clear focus on smart and sustainable solutions. Thus, it is time for companies to engage in these opportunities.”

Among the companies presenting are Newicon who offer automation solutions helping pharmacies and hospitals achieve efficiency, safety, rationality, and uninterrupted pharmaceutical services. Expertise within digital communication and connected care solutions for healthcare providers are represented by Medixine,while Secapp is a critical communication and alerting SAAS platform, broadcasting mass notifications to individuals and teams, thereby helping to save lives and manage critical operations in times of crisis.

The Smart Hospital concept also offers major business opportunities beyond the Nordics believes Kari Klossner, Head of Smart Life Finland: “We already work with many countries facing similar healthcare challenges including Germany and are delighted our expertise is welcome and valued. Through increasing collaboration with Sweden, we can expand and increase the impact of this work and contribute more to achieving the SDG of sustainable healthcare for all.”

The program

Session 1: Sustainable Healthcare Investments

11:30 – 11:35/10:30 – 10:35
Opening words
PhD. Nima Jokilaakso, Senior Advisor, Business Finland Sweden

11:35 – 11:40/10:35 – 10:40
Welcome Note
Mr. Axel Josefson, Mayor, City of Gothenburg

11:40 – 12:00/10:40 – 11:00
Keynote: Nordic Excellence in Healthcare Sustainability a Global Market Opportunity
Mr. Daniel Eriksson, CEO, Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare

12:00 – 12:15/11:00 – 11:15
Environmental strategy – New Hospital Malmö

Mr. Lars Nihlén, Executive Manager Strategic Projects, Regionfastigheter, Region Skåne
Ms. Anna Vesterberg, Energy – and Environmental Specialist, Regionfastigheter, Region Skåne

12:15 – 12:30/11:15 – 11:30
Sustainable Hospital development in West Sweden – Case Högsbo sjukhus

Ms. Mikaela Lenz, Sustainability Strategist, Västfastigheter, Västra Götalandsregionen

12:30 – 13:00/11:30 – 12:00 Break

Session 2: The Swedish Market Opportunity as a Stepping-Stone to Global markets

13:00 – 13:20/12:00 – 12:20
Hospital Logistic in the New Smart Hospital
Mr. Valentin Monteiro, Director, Business Development & Sustainability, Schneider Electric
Ms. Irina Lindquist, Segment Manager Healthcare, Schneider Electric

13:20 – 13:30/12:20 – 12:30
Nordic Collaboration for increased Export

Mr. Jens Termén, Director, Energy Machines

13:30 – 13:40/12:30 – 12:40
Experiences from Finnish Hospital Project: New Hospital Iisalmi and OYS

Ms. Paula Martikainen, Hospital engineering maintenance manager, Ylä-Savon SOTE Joint Municipal Authority
Ms. Anna-Riitta Kallinen, CEO, ARKCON
Mr. Tapani Idman, Department Director, Granlund

13:40 – 14:00/12:40 – 13:00
Expert discussion on Sustainable Hospital as a Nordic Stronghold and Export

Moderator: Mr. Thordur Reynisson, Senior Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation
Mr. Rémy Kolessar, Deputy Director General, Swedish Energy Agency
Ms. Iris Öhrn, Investment Advisor, Business Region Göteborg, VGR (Sweden)
MD. Leena Setälä, Sustainability Director, Hospital District of Southwestern Finland (Finland)
Mr. Bogi Eliassen, Director of Health, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies


Companies/organizations taking part in the delegation


ARK Consulting, ARKCON

BeingHealthy Oy

Coronaria Analystjänster

Envera Oy


Granlund Oy

Helvar Oy Ab

Itula Oy


Medixine Ltd



Newicon Oy

Nukute Ltd.


Timmi Software Ltd


University of Oulu

Business Oulu

*HEALTH AFFAIRS VOL. 39, NO.12: CLIMATE & HEALTH – Health Care Pollution and Public Health Damage in the United States: An Update. Matthew J. Eckleman et al., December 2020, 

Contact information

Nima Jokilaakso, PhD, Senior Advisor
Business Finland
Mobile: +46 76 114 52 53
nima.jokilaakso (at)

Kari Klossner, Head of Smart Life Finland Program
Business Finland, Health & Wellbeing
Mobile: +358 400 717 298
kari.klossner (at)

Media contact

Ola Björkman/Let 'em know
Mobile: +46 70 245 74 97
ola.bjorkman (at)

Smart Life Finland is a Business Finland program focusing on leveraging the digital disruption in health and wellbeing, helping Finnish businesses, healthcare operators and research organizations innovate, network and go international with digital health and wellbeing solutions. We work from home to hospital and everything in between to support solutions that drive a healthy and independent lifestyle. Technologies and solutions of great interest to us include virtualization, artificial intelligence, wearable devices, big data and mobile applications.

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