Equality and discrimination

The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has the main responsibility for the Government's equality policy.


The Government aims to ensure that persons with disabilities can protect their rights and obligations as citizens. Persons with disabilities must be ensured living conditions and a quality of life equal to the general population.

Ethnic Discrimination

All people shall have the same rights, obligations and opportunities regardless ethnic background. The Anti-Discrimination Act protects against ethnic discrimination. The Government has an action plan for promoting equality and preventing ethnic discrimination covering the period 2009 – 2012, and this is reviewed on an annual basis through status reports.

Gender equality

The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has the coordinating responsibility for gender equality policies. Key measures in the Government's work for gender equality integration are the activity and reporting obligations that are embedded in the Gender Equality and Anti-discrimination Acts, the reporting instruction and the main budget circular from the Ministry of Finance.

Sexual orientation and gender identity

The Government is working to ensure that all people have equal rights, regardless sexual orientation and gender identity. Gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender persons must be able to live openly, and the Government is working to prevent discrimination.

Universal design

Universal design is a national strategy for making society accessible to all people. The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion coordinates the Government's policy in this field through the Action plan for universal design and increased accessibility 2009-2013.

Ministry of Children and Equality