The causes of diabetes are complex and interlinked. That means that knowledge and experience sharing in partnerships such as Cities Changing Diabetes is crucial in addressing many of the modifiable social and environmental factors that lead to obesity and diabetes. This work can also be strongly linked to Malmö City's focus on sustainable development within the framework of Agenda 2030.

Katrin Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö

The project is important in our co-production of knowledge needed to promote citizen health. For example, we will try to find out what the prevalence of diabetes looks like across the different age groups, and we will compare that to other cities and will identify which socioeconomic factors could be linked to diabetes.”

Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University

Nina Thomsen

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city and its youngest metropolis, with nearly half of the population aged under 35.


The city is highly multicultural, with 186 nationalities represented among its inhabitants.

Nina Thomsen

Malmö is connected to the European mainland by the 7,845 m. long Öresund Bridge.

The diabetes challenge in Malmö

In Sweden, about 4% of the population live with diabetes and many more live with obesity1,2. However, there are major regional and local differences in both conditions.

Further action is necessary to control the development of diabetes and obesity in Malmö. The ambition is to improve health equity among citizens with diabetes and who are at an elevated risk of developing diabetes.


Cities Changing Diabetes in Malmö was launched in November 2019 with Malmö University and the City of Malmö as core local partners, and with a variety of stakeholders in the steering committee. CCD in Malmö is one example of how the city works with Agenda 2030, a high priority focus area.

The primary purpose of CCD in Malmö is to map the incidence of diabetes and the factors that drive the incidence of type 2 diabetes at all ages. Social determinants of health will be focal to this mapping.

The secondary purpose is to map patient access to care and support for diabetes, to ensure high quality of life for patients.

Malmö's partners


  1. Swedish diabetes clinical register (2019)
  2. The Swedish National Health Survey (2018)