The Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) has been designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. It focuses primarily on the responses of health systems but also captures wider public health initiatives. This is a joint undertaking of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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Nordic countries and COVID-19 health systems responses

Tuesday 24 November 2020 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Health and welfare systems in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) have much in common, but the responses to COVID-19 have been very different in terms of health communication, testing and tracing, physical distancing and rules for quarantine and isolation. Large differences between the Nordic countries have also been observed with regards to the surge in infections, population groups affected, excess mortality and economic impact. Why and how have Nordic countries responded differently to the pandemic? How have these differing responses shaped different outcomes so far? Join us in this webinar to learn more about the experience in Nordic countries and what lessons we might learn elsewhere.


Karsten Vrangbæk, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Tampere University, Finland

Nils Janlöv, Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis, Sweden

Ingrid Sperre Saunes, Institute of Public Health, Norway


Dimitra Panteli & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM). The HSRM has been delivered by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies as a joint undertaking with and for the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission.

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