HOPE Agora 2018



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Welcome to the HOPE Agora 2018 !

From 3 to 5 June 2018, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) welcomes the HOPE Agora 2018 in Stockholm. The conference closes the 2018 HOPE Exchange Programme.

The focus of the conference will be on patient involvement as a tool for improving healthcare. The participants in the HOPE exchange programme will show how the quality and efficiency of healthcare can be improved by using the experiences and competencies of patients and their relatives. But the participants are also supposed to point at factors that stimulate or constrain patient involvement in healthcare.

In addition to these presentations made by the HOPE exchange programme participants, some invited speakers will also give their perspectives on the topic.

HOPE Agora

Since 1981, HOPE has organised an Exchange Programme for hospital professionals. The HOPE Exchange Programme is pivotal in achieving HOPE objective of promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the European Union. It offers a chance for participants to receive invaluable training and experience from hospital and healthcare professionals across Europe. It equips participants with a better understanding of the functioning of healthcare and hospital systems within Europe. It also facilitates shared learning and the exchange of best practice.

The HOPE Exchange Programme lasts for approximately one month. At the end of the programme, all participants are invited to share their results at the HOPE Agora. The theme of this year is “Improving the quality of healthcare using the experiences and competencies of patients: Are we ready?”. Participants will investigate how this topic is developed in their host country and present their findings at the event.
HOPE Agora Archives


The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), in Swedish Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting (SKL), is the Swedish member of HOPE. The Swedish healthcare system is decentralized and mainly tax funded. In Sweden, the county councils/regions finance a very large part of health care and also provide most of the services.


The HOPE Agora 2018 takes place at Quality Hotel Globe in Stockholm from 3 to 5 June 2018. The focus of the conference will be on patient participation as a tool for improving healthcare. The participants in the HOPE exchange programme will report back and discuss the results of their stay abroad. In addition, some invited speakers will also give their perspectives on the topic.

The HOPE Agora starts on Sunday 3 June 2018 in the after­noon, when there will be a meeting room available for the delegations to finalize their presentations from 13:00 until 17:00. The registration will be open from 14:00 until 18:00. In the evening, a welcome reception will take place at the hotel at 18:30.

After a full conference day on Monday 4 June with both invited speakers and presentations made by HOPE Exchange Participants, dinner will be served at Fotografiska. On Tuesday 5 June, the conference continues with the last presentations made by HOPE Exchange Participants and a World Café. The conference ends on Tuesday with lunch.

A detailed programme will be presented later.

Link to the guidelines for country presentations


The HOPE Agora 2018 will take place at Quality Hotel Globe, where all events except for Monday dinner take place.
General information for participants

Quality Hotel Globe:

Address: Arenaslingan 7, Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 686 63 00
Fax: +46 8 686 63 01
E-mail: q.globe@choice.se

How to reach Quality Hotel Globe?

The hotel is situated south of the city centre, and easily reached by public transport.

By underground:

The hotel is reached by underground (“tunnelbanan”) in 10 minutes from Stockholm Central Station. Take the green line no. 19 from T-Centralen in direction of Hagsätra and get off at Globen underground station. From the underground station (“T” on the map), it’s approximately a 500 meters’ walk to the hotel.

Link to information about how to buy tickets.

By train, bus or taxi from Arlanda Airport:

Stockholm’s main airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, is situated 40 km north of Stockholm. The best way to get from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm City is by train (“Arlanda Express” high-speed train or commuter train) or bus.

The airport trains and buses arrive in Stockholm Central Station/Stockholm City Terminal. From there, Quality Hotel Globe is reached by underground (see above).

Travellers going by taxi from Arlanda airport, are recommended to take a taxi at the official taxi stand and ask for a fixed price. In Stockholm, there are many different taxi companies and they all set their own prices. As a benchmark, the fixed price from Arlanda Airport to Quality Hotel Globe is 640 SEK with Taxi Stockholm (the company that Quality Hotel Globe works with).

Link to important information about going by taxi in Stockholm.

From Bromma Airport and Skavsta Airport

From Stockholm Bromma Airport (Brussels Airlines and others), a small city airport situated just nine kilometres west of the city centre, there are buses to Stockholm City Terminal. It is also possible to take a taxi from the taxi rank.

Stockholm Skavsta Airport (Ryanair etc) 100 km southwest of Stockholm, also have regular bus services to Stockholm City Terminal.

From Stockholm City Terminal, the hotel is reached by underground (see above).

How to reach Fotografiska?

The dinner on Monday evening will take place at Fotografiska (address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Stockholm), located in the heart of Stockholm.

Fotografiska can be reached by public transport. Take the underground (“tunnelbanan”) from Globen underground station four stations to Slussen. From there (“T” on the map), the easiest way is to get down from the underground station to the bus terminal, walk through the bus terminal (follow the signs) to the pedestrian crossing, cross the road (Stadsgårdsleden), take right and walk along the seafront for approximately 500 meters. The entrance is on the long side towards the sea.

Information on Sweden and Stockholm

The Swedish Institute publish general information on Sweden, while VisitSweden provides tourist information.

City of Stockholm and Stockholm Visitors Board provide more information about Stockholm.


The monetary unit in Sweden is the “krona” (plural “kronor”). One krona equals 100 “öre”. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 kronor, coins exist in values of 1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor. New 1, 2 and 5 kronor coins and banknotes have recently been introduced and öre coins are no longer legal tender.

1 euro is approximately 10 Swedish kronor.

Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden (some restrictions may apply to American Express). NB! Some museums, shops, restaurants, public transports, medical clinics etc do not accept cash at all.



Questions regarding registration, hotel bookings and other practical issues:

Questions regarding the conference programme:

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Registration for HOPE Agora 2018 has now opened.

Final registration day is 23 April 2018 for HOPE Exchange Participants 2018 (outbound) and 2 May 2018 for other conferees.

Registration site

Rooms have been booked 3-5 June for HOPE Exchange Participants 2018 at Quality Hotel Globe. Also other participants in the HOPE Agora have a possibility to book accommodation at this hotel for these nights when registering for the conference. In addition, we have a small number of rooms at Quality Hotel Globe on 2-3 June, which the HOPE Exchange Participants 2018 (outbound) have priority to book. HOPE Governors may reserve a room 5-6 June.

Unfortunately, we have no possibility to arrange hotel rooms for other nights or at other hotels. Instead, we recommend that you contact the hotel directly or use a booking site.

Questions regarding registration, hotel bookings and other practical issues:

E-mail: konferens@konstella.se
Phone: + 46 8 452 72 86

Participant’s Reports Material

The following material will be published in this section:

  • Questionnaire for the participant’s reports
  • Powerpoints used by the speakers during the HOPE Agora