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 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

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

    Japanese Ambassador Noke Masaki and Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi exchanged notes confirming the social security agreement between Japan and Sweden.
    Today, Japanese Ambassador Noke Masaki and Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi exchanged notes confirming the social security agreement between Japan and Sweden. An exchange of notes between the countries takes place when the countries have fulfilled their commitments, enabling the agreement to enter into force. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government offices

    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. The agreement, adopted by the parliaments of both countries, coordinates the Swedish and Japanese public old-age and survivor’s pension systems, and sickness and activity compensation.

  • Sweden supporting Ukraine with medication

    The Government has decided on several mandates that will support Ukraine with medication. The Medical Products Agency and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency have been tasked with coordinating the transport of medication to Ukraine. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has been tasked with assessing the possibility of donating medication to Ukraine from its reserves.

  • Sweden supporting Ukraine with medical supplies

    On 2 March, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren held a press briefing with Director General of the National Board of Health and Welfare Olivia Wigzell and Director General of the Medical Products Agency Björn Eriksson. Ms Hallengren announced that Sweden will donate medical supplies to Ukraine.

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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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