Ministry of Health (Denmark)

The Danish Ministry of Health is responsible for healthcare policy in Denmark. First created as an independent ministry in 1926, it has at various times been combined with the Ministry of the Interior as the Ministry of Interior and Health, most recently in 2010–2011, and has had various names. From June 2015 to November 2016 its official name was the Ministry of Health and the Aged (Danish: Sundheds- og Ældreministeriet). The current Minister of Health is Magnus Heunicke and the Permanent Secretary is Per Okkels [da].

Ministry of Health
Sundheds- og Ældreministeriet
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Headquarters of the Danish Ministry of Health at Holbergsgade 6 in Copenhagen
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Denmark
Minister responsible


The ministry oversees all aspects of healthcare in Denmark, including hospitals, medical treatments, dispensaries, patient rights, healthcare data collection and medical and research ethics.


The ministry was first created in 1926, and since then has several times been merged with the Ministry of the Interior and re-established under various official names. In modern times it was first re-established in September 1987,[1] with responsibilities drawn in part from other ministries, including oversight over foodstuffs, anti-narcotics and anti-alcohol efforts, education of medical personnel, and health care in Greenland—some of these were later reassigned—and was recombined with the Ministry of the Interior in November 2001. In November 2007 it again became an independent ministry under the name Ministerium for Sundhed og Forebyggelse (Ministry for Health and Prevention), taking on some responsibilities from the Family Ministry, which was dissolved; the Ministry of the Interior, in turn, was merged into a new Ministry of Welfare (Velfærdsministerium).[1] In 2010 the combined Ministry of Interior and Health was again reconstituted, but the following year the Ministry of the Interior was included in a new Ministry of the Economy and the Interior [da] while the Ministry of Health once more became the Ministry for Health and Prevention. In June 2015 it was renamed the Ministry of Health and the Aged,[1] and acquired some responsibilities from the Social- og Indenrigsministeriet (Ministry of Social affairs and the Interior), the combination of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior which was created at the same time.[2] In November 2016, under Lars Løkke Rasmussen's third government, it became a separate ministry once more.[3]

List of ministersEdit

No. Portrait Name
Term Political Party Government Ref
Took office Left office Duration
Minister of Health Services
(Minister for Sundhedsvæsenet)
1Viktor Rubow [da]
14 December 192630 April 19292 years, 137 daysVenstreMadsen-Mygdal[4]
Minister of Development and Health Affairs
(Minister for Byggeri og Sundhedsvæsen)
2Johannes Kjærbøl [da]
13 November 194723 November 194710 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft I[5]
Minister of Health
3Agnete Laustsen [da]
10 September 19873 June 1988267 daysConservativeSchlüter II
4Elsebeth Kock-Petersen [da]
(born 1949)
3 June 19887 December 19891 year, 187 daysVenstreSchlüter III
5Ester Larsen [da]
(born 1936)
7 December 198925 January 19933 years, 49 daysVenstreSchlüter IIIIV
6Torben Lund
(born 1950)
25 January 199327 September 19941 year, 245 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen I
7Yvonne Herløv Andersen
(born 1942)
27 September 199430 December 19962 years, 94 daysCentre DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen II
8Birte Weiss
(born 1941)
(Also served as Minister of the Interior)
30 December 199623 March 19981 year, 83 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen III
9Carsten Koch
(born 1945)
23 March 199823 February 20001 year, 337 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
10Sonja Mikkelsen
(born 1955)
23 February 200021 December 2000302 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
11Arne Rolighed
(born 1947)
21 December 200027 November 2001341 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
Minister of the Interior and Health
(Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister)
12Lars Løkke Rasmussen
(born 1964)
27 November 200123 November 20075 years, 361 daysVenstreA.F. Rasmussen III
Minister of Health and Prevention
(Minister for sundhed og forebyggelse)
13Jakob Axel Nielsen
(born 1967)
23 November 200723 February 20102 years, 92 daysConservativeA.F. Rasmussen III
L.L. Rasmussen I
Minister of the Interior and Health
(Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister)
14Bertel Haarder
(born 1944)
23 February 20103 October 20111 year, 222 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen I
Minister of Health and Prevention
(Minister for sundhed og forebyggelse)
15Astrid Krag
(born 1982)
3 October 201130 January 20142 years, 119 daysSFThorning-Schmidt I
16Nick Hækkerup
(born 1968)
3 February 201428 June 20151 year, 145 daysSocial DemocratsThorning-Schmidt II
Minister of Health and Elderly Affairs
(Sundheds- og ældreminister)
17Sophie Løhde
(born 1983)
28 June 201528 November 20161 year, 153 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II[1][6]
Minister of Health
18Ellen Trane Nørby
(born 1980)
28 November 201627 June 20192 years, 211 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen III[3]
Minister of Health and Elderly Affairs
(Sundheds- og ældreminister)
19Magnus Heunicke
(born 1975)
27 June 2019Incumbent279 daysSocial DemocratsFrederiksen[7]

Permanent SecretariesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ministeriets historie" (in Danish). Sundheds- og Ældreministeriet. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Kongelig resolution af 28. juni 2015" (PDF) (in Danish). Statsministeriet. 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Here is Denmark's new coalition government". The Local. Denmark. 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ Axel Borgbjærg (18 July 2011) [1933–1944]. "V. Rubow". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (in Danish) (2nd ed.). Den Store Danske.
  5. ^ From 13 to 23 November 1947, the Ministerium for Byggeri- og Boligvæsen (Ministry of Development and Housing) included health and was called the Ministerium for Byggeri og Sundhedsvæsen: "Arkivskaber: By- og Boligministeriet" (in Danish). Danish National Archives. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Here is Denmark's new government". The Local. Denmark. 28 June 2015.
  7. ^ Müller, Thea Deleuran (27 June 2019). "Danmarks nye regering er nu på plads: Se hele Mette Frederiksens ministerhold her". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Per Okkels er i dag udnævnt til ny departementschef" (press release) (in Danish). Ministeriet for Sundhed og Forebyggelse. 22 November 2011. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012.

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