Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for issues concerning social welfare. This means promoting people’s health and ensuring that sick people receive the care they need. The Ministry’s area of responsibility includes child rights and insurance schemes that give people financial security when they are sick or elderly, or when their children are young. Issues such as individual and family care, support for people with disabilities and care of the elderly are also included. The Ministry also works on rights for people with disabilities and on issues related to the premium pension system.

News from Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

  • Cooperation with US on cancer research to be renewed

    Lena Hallengren stands in front of an American flag.
    In the first week of June 2022, Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren visited the United States. During the minister's visit, a meeting was held with US authorities on a collaboration agreement on cancer research. Photo: Elin Aarflot/Governments Offices

    Since 2016, Sweden has had a bilateral cooperation agreement with the US on cancer research. During Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren’s visit to Washington DC on 1 June, the parties confirmed the desire to deepen their cooperation by extending the agreement.

  • Agreement on social security between Sweden and Japan enters into force on 1 June

    Noke Masaki  and Ardalan Shekarabi
    On Monday 28 March, an exchange of notes took place between Swedish Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi and Japanese Ambassador to Sweden Noke Masaki to enable the social security agreement between Sweden and Japan to enter into force on 1 June 2022 Photo: Ninni Andersson Government Offices

    On 1 June, the agreement on social security between Sweden and Japan enters into force. The agreement coordinates the Swedish and Japanese public old-age and survivor’s pensions systems, and sickness and activity compensation.

  • Sweden and UK highlight efforts to combat antibiotic resistance at ministerial breakfast

    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren together with UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid, and the other ministers in the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Photo: Swedish Government Offices

    On 23 May, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Both countries established the alliance in 2015 and current members include the US, France and China. The meeting was held in connection with the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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Majority of COVID-19 restrictions to be removed on 9 February 2022

The phasing out of measures in response to COVID-19 will begin on 9 February 2022. As of that date, measures such as the participant limit for public gatherings and events and the possibility to demand vaccination certificates upon entry will be removed. The same will apply to other restrictions, such as the requirement of social distancing between groups and cap on group sizes.

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Sweden can do better: the Government’s policy priorities

Sweden has much to be proud of. We have a skilled labour force and a high proportion of Swedish people support themselves by working. Sweden has many innovative and competitive businesses that contribute to jobs and exports. Health care, education and social services are collectively financed and allocated according to need. The level of trust between people is high and Sweden has come a long way in terms of gender equality.

Malin Grape
Malin Grape, Sweden's new AMR Ambassador Photo: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Sweden appoints an ambassador to work against antimicrobial resistance

Sweden is establishing a new position – an AMR Ambassador – to further strengthen the important global work against antimicrobial resistance. The position will go to Malin Grape.

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Disinformation campaign against Swedish public authorities regarding social services

A misleading campaign currently being conducted against Sweden on social media and other platforms falsely claims that Muslim children and families are systematically being subjected to abuse by Swedish public authorities.

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