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 storyMember States to reflect on 10 years of progress in public health and set health priorities for Europe at RC69
On 16–19 September 2019, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, along with partner organizations and civil society, will gather for the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC69).
- Member States to reflect on 10 years of progress in public health and set health priorities for Europe at RC69
- Small countries of the WHO European Region exchange ideas and experiences of equity, sustainable development
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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