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

  • EMA to Sweden

    Regeringskansliet

    After Brexit, Sweden wants The European Medicines Agency to be re-located to the Stockholm-Uppsala region. Sweden has the qualifications and the assets for hosting EMA.

  • International high-level meeting in the Riksdag on displaced children

    • Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/

    • Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 24 April, a high-level meeting on displaced children was held in the Riksdag. It was organised by the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, the Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden and the Riksdag. Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér was one of the keynote speakers at the meeting, which was attended by children’s representatives from a number of European countries and child rights experts from across Europe, as well as representatives of Swedish government agencies and civil society organisations working with child rights.

Photo: Hero/Folio.

Gender-equal pensions

The Working Group on Pensions takes a holistic approach on gender-unequal pensions. Within the framework of the ongoing review of pensions, a project – ‘Gender-equal pensions’ – was carried out, aimed at tackling the challenge presented by the large differences in women’s and men’s pensions.

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Social insurance in Sweden

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

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.

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