Responsibilities of the Ministry

Socially Excluded Adults

Socially excluded adults include people from 18 years upwards with social problems or in risk of developing such. Social problems may include homelessness, abuse, mental illness, prostitution, violence in intimate relations, or a combination of these.


Disadvantaged Children and Youth

The objective is to strengthen the personal resources of disadvantaged children, young people and their families, aiming to provide them with the same opportunities for development as their peers.

Family Law

The area includes: Marriage, the matrimonial property regime, paternity and co-maternity, names, legal separation and divorce, custody, the child’s place of residence, access, child and spousal maintenance, adoption, and international child abduction.

Disability Policy

According to the Act on Social Services, aid is provided for persons with permanent impairment of physical or mental function. Social services are provided to compensate the needs following from the reduced physical or mental function.

Senior Citizens

In Denmark, more than 1 million people are 65 years or older, the share increasing. In the Ministry of Social Affairs and Senior Citizens, we work to improve the services offered to senior citizens, aiming for a good and healthy otium and a dignified elderly care.

Civil Society

This policy area concerns volunteer work in Denmark, including volunteer organizations and societies as well as municipalities supporting and collaborating with the sector. The aim is to support an active and engaged civil society and promote voluntary social work.

International Relations

The ministry participates in the work of several international organizations, including the EU, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Council of Europe, and the UN.

Data and Research

The Ministry works ambitiously with data development and research, aiming to evolve and spread effective initiatives in the social field.

Municipal Audit Reports

The Ministry oversees the municipalities' receipt of state reimbursement within the Ministry's responsibility areas.