Joined the programme in 2020

Cities Changing Diabetes Aarhus was launched in June 2020 with the city’s health administration, Aarhus University and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus as core local partners. At the launch, Jette Skive, Alderman for The Department of Health and Care, signed the Urban Diabetes Declaration.

The partnership is highlighted in the city’s health policy 2020-241. In line with a proud tradition in the city, the partnership will work with civil society, other city administrations, businesses, and a variety of stakeholders.

In the city of Aarhus, the number of people with type 2 diabetes has more than tripled since 2000 to 10.700 in 2018, corresponding to a prevalence rate of 3% (4% including approximately 3,000 undiagnosed citizens) 2. By 2025, the number is expected to increase further to a minimum of 15.000 diagnosed  citizens.

The prevalence of diabetes is socially unequal distributes, and low-educated and low-paid people are in greater risk of developing complication as a consequence of the diabetes disease. The ambition in Aarhus is to improve health equity among citizens with diabetes and at elevated risk of developing diabetes. 

The main purpose of Cities Changing Diabetes is to accelerate the realization of Aarhus’ diabetes action plan. With a 0-100-year perspective and via a family-oriented approach, the diabetes action plan has these landmarks:

1. Fewer people in Aarhus develop type 2 diabetes

2. The social inequality in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is reduced

3. More people with type 2 diabetes live longer and have a higher quality of life

4. More people with type 1 diabetes live longer with a well-regulated diabetes and have a higher quality of life

“Together, we can ensure new solutions and methods to combat the rise of diabetes in Aarhus and globally. We need to strengthen previous efforts to support and empower citizens to take responsibility for their own health and thereby ensure, that more people live a healthier and better life without chronical disease. With the realization of a new social investment bond in Aarhus, we have taken a big step in terms of preventing diabetes, and we look forward to sharing our know-how.”

– Christian Budde, Alderman for the Department of Health and Care, Aarhus

The first collaborative project is to develop a social investment programme for diabetes prevention. To that end, the partnership has co-created The Prevention Alliance with two other cities and the national social investment fund.


Aarhus smiler – sundhedspolitik 2020-24, City of Aarhus 2020 (in Danish)


Diabeteshandleplan – sammen om diabetes, City of Aarhus 2018 (in Danish)