Article | Last updated: 2009-05-29 | Ministry of Health and Care Services
Report No. 20 to the Storting (2006-2007) National strategy to reduce social inequalities in health Recommendation from the Ministry of Health and Care Services, dated 9 February 2007, approved in the Council of State on the same date (The Second Stoltenberg Government).
The Norwegian population enjoys good health. However, averages conceal major, systematic inequalities. Health is unevenly distributed among social groups in the population. We have to acknowledge that we live in a stratified society, where the most privileged people, in economic terms, have the best health. These inequalities in health are socially determined, unfair and modifiable. The government has therefore decided to initiate a broad, long-term strategy to reduce social inequalities in health.