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

Lena Hallengren
Lena Hallengren Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Anníka Strandhäll
Annika Strandhäll Minister for Social Security

News from Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

  • Ministers at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

    Annika Strandhäll and Lena Hallengren smiling.
    Annika Strandhäll, Minister of Social Security, and Lena Hallengren, Minister of Health and Social Affairs and head of ministry. Photo: Mats Bäckelin/Government Offices

    Today, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Statement of Government Policy in the Riksdag and announced the ministers that make up the Government. Lena Hallengren is the Minister for Health and Social Affairs and head of ministry. Annika Stranhäll is the Minister for Social Security.

  • Proposals aiming to offer EU citizens continued entitlement to social security benefits after Brexit

    In the social security area, the immediate effect of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is that central EU legal provisions will no longer apply. To prevent any acute consequences, the Government is planning to take measures that will primarily mitigate the effects that may arise for individuals during the initial period after the withdrawal. The proposals aim to allow a period of adjustment.

Photo of Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Lena Hallengren visiting a home for older people.
Minister for the Elderly Lena Hallengren visits a home for older people. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson, TT

Dementia strategy focusing on care

On 24 May, the Government adopted a national strategy for dementia care. The Government wants to secure improved quality of care and increased safety and security for people with dementia and their families.

Photo: Folio

Next step to incorporate Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law

The Swedish Government has decided to submit a proposal in July 2017 to the Council on Legislation to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into Swedish law. The Government considers that the CRC’s strong position must be made clearer and that a child rights-based approach must have a major impact on how the law is applied. Preparation of the proposal is now under way.

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.

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.

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