Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)

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Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
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Formed 1920 (1920) [1]
Employees about 200
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The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Swedish : Socialdepartementet) is the ministry in the government of Sweden responsible for policies related to social welfare: financial security, social services, medical and health care, health promotion and the rights of children and disabled people.


The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs employs approximately 200 members of staff. About 20 of these are political appointees and 180 non-politically appointed officials. The ministry is headed by the "Minister for Social Affairs", Annika Strandhäll (S). The other minister who serve at the Ministry is the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Lena Hallengren (S).

The ministry offices are located at Fredsgatan 8 in central Stockholm.

Government agencies and other bodies

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is principal for 17 government agencies, two state-owned companies (one, Systembolaget, operating a monopoly, and another one, Apoteket, operating as a government-owned, non-monopolistic entity) and two institutes.

National monopolies

Policy areas


  1. "Socialdepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010.(subscription required)

Coordinates: 59°19′43.97″N18°03′55.54″E / 59.3288806°N 18.0654278°E / 59.3288806; 18.0654278