The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer

When Dr. Bertil Marklund’s parents passed away too early, he found himself thinking about what choices he could make in his own life that might grant him more healthy years to share with family and friends. Being a doctor, he turned to the latest science on the matter of health and longevity. He found that the main threat to our health is the occurrence of inflammation in the body. And, being a general practitioner who has worked with thousands of patients during his 40-year career, he wanted to make his findings available to as many people as possible, in an as simple and helpful way as possible. He didn’t want to write something long and dense. He wanted to write something short and quick, the kind of book people could carry in their pocket or purse and turn to for easy, every-day guidance; a book to dog-ear and consult when shopping for dinner in a grocery store. His goal to was give people the cliff notes to a longer and healthier life.

What Dr. Marklund has written is indeed a guide so pared down, so simple and hands-on that it immediately sticks with you and empowers you. Dr. Marklund covers broad ground in this short book, providing a comprehensive guide to lifestyle choices, including areas such as sleep, diet, exercise, and social relationships, all geared to prevent damaging inflammation. The most cutting-edge research is condensed into an accessible form for the lay reader. We can all make some of the changes outlined in the book without completely rethinking the way we live. By providing pragmatic and realistic advice, Dr. Marklund gives you the power to make a difference in your own life – today, and for the future.

In this handy pocket guide you will find wisdom from the Nordics, a region long known for its healthy and progressive lifestyle. Did you know drinking coffee will promote your health? Or that more people die of lack of Vitamin D than they do of skin-cancer? A walk in nature will not only rejuvenate you today, it will help your body recharge to face tomorrow.

The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer is a hands-on, empowering lifestyle guide that is indispensible for the modern person in the fast lane.


“Forget the comfort of Danish hygge; Swedish sundhet is better for your health. […] its advice is presented in a format so digestible you feel like applying it all in one go.”
The Sunday Times (UK)

“We’ve had hygge from Denmark, now sundhet from Sweden – a balanced, even-keeled approach – has arrived. This Swedish bestseller focuses on making simple improvements in ten areas, from sleep to attitude and dental health to relationships, for a longer life. It also debunks myths. Some bad things turn out to be good for us. Drinking coffee, for example, can promote health. Refreshingly straightforward and easy!”
Saga Magazine (UK)

“Marklund, a doctor and professor at Gothenberg University in Sweden, packs many good things into this small package. His slim book distills medical research, as well as observations from his 20-year practice, experience as a public health specialist, and the Scandinavian way of life, into 10 tips for good health. They are eminently practical, reasonable, and straightforward to implement. […] He explains the science behind each in a refreshingly unpretentious, down-to-earth, thoroughly convincing way that encourages readers to follow his suggestions. […] Readers looking to improve their health without extreme diets or fads, and those who feel overwhelmed by the overload of available health information, must read this book.”
Publishers Weekly (US)

“A quick, no-nonsense guide on how to be healthier that will appeal to general readers.”
Library Journal (US)


Bertil Marklund, MD, PhD, is a medical doctor, researcher, author, professor of general medicine, and specialist in public health. He is the author of the empowering lifestyle guide The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer (2016).

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