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Tasks and objectivesSilmälasipäinen vaaleatukkainen nainen ja silmälasipäinen tummatukkainen mies lukevat esitettä pöydän ääressä.

The goal of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and socially secure life.

The ministry’s job is to

  • promote the population's good health and functional capacity
  • promote healthy working and living environments
  • ensure that there are sufficient social and health services
  • ensure that people have an adequate income at various stages in life
  • promote gender equality

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is responsible for the planning, guidance and implementation of social and health policy. As an organ of government it

  • implements the government programme
  • drafts legislation and key reforms 
  • directs the implementation of reform
  • takes care of the government's staff assignments.

The Ministry’s responsibilities

The administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is wide-ranging. It is supported in its work by the expertise of the whole sector's agencies and institutes.

Its responsibilities include

  • promoting wellbeing and health
  • social and health services
  • social insurance (pensions, health insurance and unemployment benefits)
  • private insurance
  • occupational health and safety
  • gender equality.