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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

7.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


The platform of the current coalition government states, for example:

  • A health policy will be formulated that coordinates and strengthens health-care services, improves public health and promotes overall health.
  • Policy-making and planning by the authorities will take into account the impacts on the health and well-being of the public. Direct and indirect future costs for society as a whole will be reduced by putting greater effort into preventive measures and public health.
  • Access to mental health services will be increased, including the provision of psychological services at primary health-care clinics and in upper secondary schools.

The platform (English):

The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

Ministry of Welfare – responsible for Health, Social Affairs and Equality


Cross-sectorial cooperation

The government established the ministerial committee on public health in March 2014. The Prime Minister (chair), Minister of Health, Minister of Education and Culture, and Minister of Social Affairs and Housing form the core members of the committee. Other ministers participate as needed. The main goal of the committee is to create a comprehensive public health policy and action plan. Public Health policy and action plan that will promote health-promoting community – with a particular focus for children and youth till the age of 18 (“Lýðheilsustefna”) (2016). Further information (Icelandic):

ICSRA works closely in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, municipalities throughout Iceland and NGO´s to follow up and produce actions according the results of the studies.

The Sport affair policy is a cooperation work of the parties responsible for the field; the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, municipalities and sports organizations.