Sweden: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Sweden. Compare Sweden with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

> Read the NOURISHING snapshot for Sweden in English or Swedish

Sweden implements policy actions in 8 out of the 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. Nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) was the only policy area to receive a moderate assessment, which was the highest assessment for Sweden.

Sweden implements well-designed standards on school food, but lacks other measures such as provisions on sugar-sweetened beverages in schools, regulations on unhealthy food availability within the school vicinity, or fruit and vegetable initiatives in schools (O). More needs to be done to reduce food marketing and advertising exposure to young people (R) and to improve nutrition education and skills (G). More supply chain policy actions to ensure coherence between food systems and health (H) should be taken, to accompany existing public food procurement policies.

Action should be taken in policy areas where no policies were identified, particularly on limiting specific nutrients in food products (I1), and creating a healthier retail and food service environment (S). Greater attention should be given to use financial incentives which increase the availability and affordability of healthy food (U) and improve this assessment beyond fair.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Sweden’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Sweden. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Sweden with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Sweden, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Sweden

Sweden NOURISHING overview

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