There has been a tradition of comparative research into the health services of England and Sweden. This has focused mainly on health care financing, organisational structures and health inequalities (Anderson 1972; Helco 1974; Heidenheimer and Elvander 1980; Ham 1988; Ham et al 1990). Less attention however has been paid to the policies on, and philosophies of, public health and health promotion in the two countries. This may of course be because it is only comparatively recently that such policies have come to the fore on the political agenda in both countries. It is on these areas that we focus our attention. Consequently this paper will do three things. First, describe the current policies on public health and health promotion at national level in both countries. Second, draw attention to the differences and similarities which are manifest in the policies of these two countries and develop a summary of the two national strategies. Third, we will consider some possible reasons and explanations for the contemporary emergence of public health.
Gustafsson, U. (1992), "THE HEALTH OF TWO NATIONS; NATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN ENGLAND AND SWEDEN", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013159
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