Ministry of Interior and Health (Denmark)

The Ministry of the Interior and Health (Danish: Indenrigs- og Sundhedsministeriet) is a Danish ministry created on 24 November 1848, after Denmark became a constitutional monarchy. For most of its existence it was known as the Ministry of the Interior (Danish: Indenrigsministeriet). After the 2007 Folketing elections, the ministry was disbanded, and its areas of responsibility divided between two newly created ministries, the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. From February 2010 to October 2011, the ministry was recreated, with minister being Bertel Haarder.

Among the ministry's health-related responsibilities are planning, coordination and research streamlining of the Danish National Health Service[1] (sundhedsvæsenet), Danish National Hospital Service (sygehusvæsenet), the Danish National Public Health Social Security (den offentlige sygesikring) as well as the approval of pharmaceuticals and the pharmacy sector. Prevention and health promotion are also part of the Ministry's remit, and both the National Board of Health (Danish: Sundhedsstyrelsen) and Statens Serum Institut.


  1. According to the HTML description (can be accessed by looking in the source) of the name of this institution in English is National Health Service, just like in the UK.
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