Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for issues concerning the welfare of society. This is about promoting people’s health, but also making sure that sick people get the treatment that they need. It includes insurance to provide financial security for those who are sick or elderly, or have young children. Providing care for people with social difficulties, the disabled and the elderly is also included. The Ministry’s work also includes sport issues, rights of the child, rights for people with disabilities and gender equality.

Responsible ministers

Annika Strandhäll Minister for Social Security
Gabriel Wikström Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport
Åsa Regnér Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

News from Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

  • Budget reforms for increased welfare and security

    Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

    The Budget Bill for 2017 was presented on the 20th of September. Improvements in sickness and activity compensation, the establishment of a gender equality agency and better dental health for older people are some of the reforms in the areas for which the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible.

  • Social insurance in Sweden

    Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

    This broschure describes how the Swedish social insurance works. The area covers sickness insurance, parental insurance and allowances to families, and pensions.

Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and parents.
Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and parents. Photo: Mikael Sjöberg

A review of parental insurance

An Inquiry will conduct a review of the rules for parental leave and parental insurance. The purpose is to identify problems and propose measures so that parental insurance can contribute to a greater extent to gender equality in the labour market and gender-equal parenting and can keep contributing to good conditions for children to grow up in.

Picture of the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér
Picture of the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér. Photo: Sören Andersson/Regeringskansliet

A Feminist Government

Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. There is a focus on gender equality, both in national and international work. Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. Ultimately it is a question of human rights, democracy and justice. Gender equality is also a part of the solution to the challenges facing society. Gender equality is a matter of course in a modern welfare society – for social justice and economic development.

Photo: Johnér/Corbis

Measures for shorter waiting times in cancer care

The Swedish Government is carrying out a number of measures to ensure more equitable and accessible cancer care, with a focus on shortening waiting times and reducing regional differences.

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Sport – an arena for integrating new arrivals

Sweden's Government believes that it is particularly important to provide good opportunities for new arrivals to participate in Swedish society. The sports movement offers meeting places for everyone and thereby an arena for integration. The Government is therefore giving SEK 64 million annually to support the sports movement's work with new arrivals in Sweden.

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