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 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

  • UN adopts a declaration to reduce world drug problems

    • Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström is standing at a rostrum in the UN General Assembly

      Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström is speaking at the United Nations General Assembly.

      Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    • Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström is sitting together with other people at a platform

      Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström (in the middle) is attending the seminar "Listen first" on how to help children and youth grow healthy and resilient.

      Photo: Government Offices on Sweden

    On Tuesday 19 April, the UN Member States adopted a new declaration that supplements other existing decisions, where they commit to working to reduce demand and access to drugs. The decision was taken at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS, in New York, which will continue until 21 April.

  • 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.

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.

Photo of Yoko Hayashi and Pernilla Baralt at the CEDAW-dialogue.
Yoko Hayashi, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Pernilla Baralt, State Secretary of the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. Photo: Berit Jernberg/Regeringskansliet

The CEDAW Committee gives Sweden recommendations on gender equality work

On 7 March, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) presented its overall observations on Sweden’s gender equality work. The Committee’s opinion was generally positive. However, it voiced criticism concerning the gender-segregated labour market, men’s violence against women and shortcomings in the governance of gender equality work.

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