Country deep dive on the well-being economy: Iceland

The WHO Regional Office for Europe’s series of deep dives are part of the technical documentation supporting the WHO European Regional High-level Forum on Health in the Well-being Economy (‎1–2 March 2023)‎. Each publication in the series is developed by combining academic and grey literature with narratives from semi-structured interviews conducted with key stakeholders in government and public health institutions, with the aim to demonstrate concrete country experiences in advancing and implementing well-being economies. This deep dive focuses on the Icelandic approach. It gives context for Iceland’s commitment to the well-being economy agenda, and identifies key concepts and strategies, governance structures and mechanisms, the role of (‎public)‎ health, and approaches to measuring and monitoring progress. It highlights both the drivers and barriers Iceland has encountered on the path towards a well-being economy. While Iceland’s experience is not representative or all encompassing, countries that are considering or in the process of shifting to a well-being economy can look at these key findings and take-home policy messages for inspiration.

Read the full report, here.

Policy & Policy Analysis
Governance, Health in All Policies, Economy of Wellbeing, Health Impact Assessment, sustainable development
Europe, Iceland

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