government agencies

Government agencies in Sweden

The Government agencies in Sweden are state controlled organizations who act independently to carry out the policies of the Swedish Government. The Government Ministries are relatively small and merely policy-making organizations, allowed to control agencies by policy decisions but not by direct orders. A Minister is explicitly prohibited from interfering with the day-to-day operation in an agency or the outcome in individual cases. While no minister is allowed to give orders to agencies personally, they are subject to decisions made by the Government.


Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Legations and Embassies in foreign countries, are under the direct authority and control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ministry of Defence

  • Swedish Armed Forces, or Försvarsmakten (FM). (Official site) The fundamental task of the Swedish Armed Forces is to prepare in peacetime to defend the country in war against armed attack that threatens its liberty and independence. It must be possible to counter attack from any quarter and to defend the whole country.
  • Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, or Försvarets materielverk (FMV). (Official site) Responsible for the supply of materiel to the Swedish defence organisation
  • Swedish National Service Administration, or Pliktverket. Located in Karlstad. (Official site) The National Service Administration is responsible for enrolment, enlisting and administering those eligible for national service as conscripts and supporting training organizers during national service. Each year this involves enrolment of around 50,000 young men and testing a smaller number of women for enlistment.
  • Swedish National Defence College, or Försvarshögskolan (FHS). (Official site) The Swedish National Defence College offers university-level training for career and reserve officers of the Armed Forces in senior wartime and peacetime positions.
  • Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment, or Försvarets radioanstalt (FRA). Located in Bromma.
  • Swedish Defence Research Agency, or Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut (FOI). (Official site) The core activities of the Swedish Defence Research Agency are research, method and technology development and studies on behalf of the National Total Defence.
  • Swedish Coast Guard, or Kustbevakningen (KBV). Located in Karlskrona. (Official site) The Swedish Coast Guard performs surveillance and other monitoring and control operations, as well as environmental emergency services at sea. Its tasks are wide-ranging. They include several policy areas for which different authorities are responsible.
  • Swedish Emergency Management Agency, or Krisberedskapsmyndigheten (KBM). (Official site) The Swedish Emergency Management Agency was established on 1 July 2002, with the purpose of coordinating work on the preparedness of society to manage serious crises. When it was formed, SEMA took over some of the tasks of the Swedish Agency for Civil Emergency Planning and the National Board of Psychological Defence.
  • Swedish Rescue Services Agency, or Räddningsverket (SRV). Located in Karlstad. (Official site) The Swedish Rescue Services Agency promotes practice that improves accident prevention and response, and in the event of an accident limits injury and damage. This is achieved by imparting information, by running training courses and exercises, and through supervision etc.
  • Swedish National Board of Psychological Defence, or Styrelsen för psykologiskt försvar (SPF). (Official site) National Board of Psychological Defence is a central authority whose task is to provide advice and guidance regarding mass media's contingency planning and their capacity for dealing with critical strains on society in peacetime. SPF also disseminates information about security policies and total defence, and follows trends in opinion that are important to psychological defence.
  • Swedish Accident Investigation Board, or Statens haverikommission (SHK). (Official site)

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

National monopolies

Ministry of Finance

Economic Affairs Department

Budget Department

Fiscal Affairs Department

Financial Institutions and Markets Department

Housing Division

County Administrative Division


Ministry of Education and Science

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Ministry of Culture

General cultural activities

Language, literature, ibraries and archives

Visual arts, design and applied arts

Film, artists and heritage


Museums and exhibitions

Theatre, dance and music

Religious communities

Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications



Remaining ministries

  • Government agencies reporting to the Ministry of the Environment

Defunct agencies

Some historic government agencies have been merged with other agencies or simply closed down.

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