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Introduction to the Ministry and our structure

The mission of the Ministry of Social Affairs is to develop a living environment, where everyone has equal chances to live in dignity.

We can see how the Estonian society would consist of independently sustainable people, who:

  • have the opportunity for self-fulfilment through work, study, and leisure;
  • are respectful and creative, shaping positive relationships with their family members, friends, and others loved ones, as well as to all community members;
  • live health-consciously, valuing their own mental and physical health, as well as health of other members of the society.
  • If people run into problems with social security, it is our responsibility to provide them with adequate social support system's allowance / service, which lets them continue their independent living in dignity among their loved ones.

We operate in the field of social security, where we have set for ourselves five strategic objectives:

  • to ensure people's economic prosperity and their good work;
  • to ensure people's social coping and development;
  • to support the well-being of children and families;
  • to promote people's mutual care and equal opportunities;
  • to ensure people's long and high-quality life.

The Ministry of Social Affairs

  • Compiles solution plans for the state's social issues and manages their implementation.

  • Designs and implements the policy in the field of social security, ensures timely and targeted granting and payment of social insurance benefits.

  • Manages social insurance and welfare services.

  • Organises the protection of public health, as well as medical care.

  • Promotes the social equality, in order to incorporate different social groups into the life of the society.

  • Deals with social welfare and social security issues of disabled people.

  • Coordinates the formulation of policies on children's rights and child protection, and organises international adoptions.

  • Shapes the family policy, which sets a priority of collocation of working life and private life, as well as parental education

Last updated: 12.02.2024