In Iceland, the Minister of Health and Social Security is ultimately responsible for the administration of health services. The health care system is universal, comprehensive and mostly financed by general taxation. The most frequent cause of death in Iceland is cardiovascular diseases. At the 2013 World Health Assembly, the Icelandic delegation identified ageing, noncommunicable diseases, the health impact of climate change, and emergency preparedness as focus areas.
Top storyFifth high-level meeting of small countries: working together for better health and well-being for all
Held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 26-27 June 2018, the meeting provided members of the Small Countries Initiative of the WHO European Region with a high-level forum for discussions on their health agendas and ways of progressing towards achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Small countries initiative
WHO established the small countries initiative so that countries in the WHO European Region with a population of less than 1 million people can share their knowledge on implementing Health 2020Read more