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The Region of Southern Denmark

The Region of Southern Denmark's primary task is the Healthcare services. The Region of Southern Denmark is governed by the Regional Council, which consists of 41 elected officials.

The Region’s core assignments are divided into four main areas:

  • Health
  • Social services and Special education
  • Psychiatry
  • Regional Development

The most important task of the Region of Southern Denmark is to operate the healthcare service in Southern Denmark. The Region also handles specialist assignments in the field of social services, and in relation to both children and adults with disabilities. Finally, the Region is responsible for assuring and coordinating development in Southern Denmark.

The Region of Southern Denmark has an annual budget of approximately 25 billion DKK.

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The big picture – and the details

The Region is involved in establishing the broad lines and in ensuring that top quality is maintained down to the smallest detail. This applies to everything from the regional development plan  – which outlines the vision for the Region’s development to defining pedagogical input in the social services programmes and to making sure that patients at the hospitals can have plaster casts applied to their broken limbs.

Close interaction with numerous players

The Region handles many of its assignments in close interaction with the 22 local authorities it comprises. In addition, the Region works closely with the business community, labour market parties and knowledge and education institutions in a variety of areas.

Openness, dialogue and citizen involvement

Openness, dialogue and citizen involvement are key parameters for interaction between the Region of Southern Denmark on the one hand and private citizens, local authorities, the business community and knowledge institutions on the other. The ultimate objective is to create solutions that allow everyone to thrive, and which everyone will be keen to accomplish.

Good examples of openness, dialogue and citizen involvement include the skill shown by hospital departments in drawing on input from the patients themselves after they have experienced an illness. Or when a social services programme makes the effort to include its users and their relatives in decisions concerning the everyday life of citizens. In this way, we improve conditions for future patients and citizens.