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Government Agencies in Sweden

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The government agencies in Government of Sweden. The ministries are relatively small and merely policy-making organizations, allowed to monitor the agencies and preparing decision and policy papers for the government as a collective body to decide upon.

A Cabinet Minister is explicitly prohibited from interfering with the day-to-day operation in an agency or the outcome in individual cases. The cardinal rule is that Ministers are not allowed to issue orders to agencies in their portfolio personally (with only a few exceptions) as the government agencies are subject to decisions made by the government, although the government cannot even directly overrule an agency in the handling of an individual case.

Other than the executive branch, the Riksdag also has a number of independent agencies.

The Riksdag

Ministry of Justice

  • Chancellor of Justice, or Justitiekanslern (JK). (Official site) Field of operations: Supervises those who are involved with public operations, it is responsible to the Government for protecting the rights of the State and it provides the Government with advice and surveys in legal matters.
  • Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, or Brottsoffermyndigheten (BrOM). Located in Umeå. (Official site) Field of operations: examines crime victim compensation issues and allocates funds from the Fund for Victims of Crime.
  • Swedish Consumer Agency, or Konsumentverket. (Official site) Field of operations: works with consumer issues in such fields as advertising, contract terms, consumer information, household finances and the safety, quality and environmental impact of goods.
  • Swedish Data Inspection Board, or Datainspektionen (DI). (Official site) Field of operations: supervises the protection of individual privacy.
  • Swedish Economic Crime Authority, or Ekobrottsmyndigheten. (Official site)
  • Swedish Election Authority, or Valmyndigheten. Located in Solna. (Official site)
  • Swedish National Board for Consumer Complaints, or Allmänna reklamationsnämnden. (Official site) Field of operations: acts as a court, the primary task of which is the impartial examination of disuptes between consumers and companies.
  • Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine, or Rättsmedicinalverket (RMV). (Official site) Field of operations: the central administrative agency for forensic mental care, forensic chemistry, forensic medicine and forensic gene-related operations.
  • Swedish Board of Supervision of Estate Agents, or Fastighetsmäklarnämnden. (Official site) Field of operations: registration and supervision of estate agents.
  • Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, or Brottsförebyggande rådet (BRÅ) (Official site) Field of operations: promotes crime prevention, it is responsible for providing the official statistics for the judicial authorities.
  • Swedish National Courts Administration, or Domstolsverket (DV). Located in Jönköping. (Official site) Field of operations: The National Courts Administration is the central administrative agency for the public courts, the legal courts, the regional tenancy tribunals, the regional rent tribunals and the National Legal Aid Authority.
  • Swedish Legal Aid Authority, or Rättshjälpsmyndigheten Located in Sundsvall. Field of operations: administrates issues concerning legal aid in accordance with the Legal Aid Act.
  • Swedish National Police Board, or Rikspolisstyrelsen, (RPS). (Official site) Field of operations: The National Police Board is the central administrative agency for the police authorities, it is also the principal agency for the National Laboratory of Forensic Science. The Swedish Security Service and the National Criminal Investigation Department – a division which manages the running of police operations are just two parts of the National Police Board.
  • Swedish Prison and Probation Service, or Kriminalvården. Located in Norrköping. (Official site)
  • Prosecutor-General of Sweden, or Riksåklagaren (RÅ). Field of operations: The office of Prosecutor-General is the public prosecutor in the Supreme Court, it represents the highest-ranking prosecutor and it is the central administrative agency for the prosecution authorities.
  • Swedish Market Court, or Marknadsdomstolen. (Official site) Field of operations: special court, whose responsibilities include processing of cases and other legal issues under the Marketing Practices Act and the Competition Act.
  • Swedish National Supervisory Board of Public Accountants, or Revisorsnämnden. (Official site) Field of operations: The Supervisory Board of Public Accountants deals with issues concerning the approval and authorisation of auditors, as well as the registration of auditing companies.
  • Swedish National Gene Technology Advisory Board, or Gentekniknämnden. Located in Solna. (Official site) Field of operations: The Swedish Gene Technology Advisory Board shall promote an ethically justified and safe usage of gene technology through its advisory operations.
  • Swedish Travel Guarantees Board, or Resegarantinämnden. Field of operations: responsible for decisions on the size of compensation to which travellers are entitled when package tours have been cancelled or broken off.

Ministry for 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)
  • 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 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 Civil Contingencies Agency, or Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB) (Official site) The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency was established on 1 January 2009, with the purpose of unifying, coordinating, and supportive tasks prior to, during and after emergencies.
  • Swedish Accident Investigation Board, or Statens haverikommission (SHK). (Official site)

Ministry of Employment

Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications



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

Commercially-operated Government Owned Companies


Ministry of Education and Research

Schools, children and youth

  • Sami School Board of Sweden, or Sameskolstyrelsen. (Official site) Field of operation: administrative authority for the National Sami schools and other activities belonging to and regulated by the Sami School ordinance. Designed to offer the children of the Samis an education with a Sami focus.
  • National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools or "Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten". (Official site) Field of operation: The agency takes over the former functions of the National Agency for Special Educational Support, the Swedish Institute for Special Needs Education and the National Agency for Special Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and adults with disabilities will be able to develop and receive an education based on equality, participation, accessibility and companionship.
  • Swedish National Agency for Education, or Skolverket. (Official site) Field of operation: work actively to ensure that national objectives for childcare and the school system are achieved. In order to gain insight into the various activities and to contribute to development, the National Agency for Education carries out follow-ups, evaluation, development, research and supervisory work.
  • Swedish Institute for Children's Books, or Stiftelsen Svenska barnboksinstitutet. (Official site) Field of operation: a special library open to the public and an information centre for children's and young people's literature. The aim is to promote Swedish children's and young people's literature in Sweden as well as abroad.
  • The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, or Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor. (Official site) Works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare, and support the government in issues relating to civil society policy.

Adult education

  • Swedish National Agency for Education, or Skolverket. (Official site) Field of operation: Work actively to ensure that national objectives for adult education are achieved. In order to gain insight into the various activities and to contribute to development, the National Agency for Education carries out follow-ups, evaluation, development, research and supervisory work.
  • Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning, or Nationellt centrum för flexibelt lärande. (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning will promote the development and utilisation of flexible learning in municipal upper secondary education and adult education, liberal adult education and working life.
  • Swedish Agency for Advanced Vocational Education, or Myndigheten för Kvalificerad yrkesutbildning (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Agency for Advanced Vocational Education has been directed by the Parliament to administrate and supervise this educational form on the national level. It is the Agency that approves applications and makes grants.
  • Swedish National Council of Adult Education, or Folkbildningsrådet. (Official site) Field of operation: The Council distributes state grants to Study Associations and Folk High Schools, and also follows up and evaluates the activities within popular education organisations.

Higher education

  • The Universities in Sweden. (List with contact information) Field of operation: main duty is to organise higher education based on a scientific or artistic orientation and on proven experience and research, artistic and other development work.
  • National board of Appeal for Higher Education, or Överklagandenämnden för högskolan. (Official site) Field of operation: Administration of matters of appeal on some decisions made by intsitutions of higher education (i.e universities).
  • Swedish Net University Agency, or Myndigheten för Sveriges Nätuniversitet. (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Net University Agency is responsible for the Swedish Net University, a coordination project involving IT supported higher education distance learning courses and programmes given by universities and university colleges in Sweden.
  • Swedish Council for Higher Education, or Universitets- och högskolerådet (UHR) (Official site) Primarily assigned to manage admissions to Swedish universities and university colleges, applications and development of the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  • The Swedish Higher Education Authority, or Universitetskanslersämbetet (UKÄ) (Official site) Quality assurance of higher education and appraisal of the degree-awarding powers of public-sector higher education institutions, and responsibility for statistics in the higher education sector.

Financial study support


  • Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, or Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap. (Official site) Field of operation: promote the accumulation of knowledge in matters relating to working life and the understanding of social conditions and processes.
  • Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, or Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och samhällsbyggande. (Official site) Field of operation: encourages and supports scientifically significant research related to sustainable development.
  • Swedish Institute of Computer Science, or SICS. (Official site) Field of operation: to contribute to the competitive strength of industry by conducting advanced research in strategic areas of computer science, and to actively promote the use of new research ideas and results in industry and in society at large.
  • Swedish Institute of Space Physics, or Institutet för rymdfysik. (Official site) Field of operation: a governmental research institute. The primary task is to carry out basic research, education, and associated observatory activities in space physics.
  • The Royal Library, or Kungliga biblioteket (KB). (Official site) Field of operation: As the National Library, the Royal Library collects, describes, preserves and makes available all Swedish printed materials, and publications with Swedish associations published in other countries. The Royal Library is a central library authority with responsibility for coordinating Sweden's research libraries and for the Library Information System, LIBRIS.
  • Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, or Polarforskningssekretariatet. (Official site) Field of operation: to promote and co-ordinate Swedish Polar research. Follow and plan research and development and to organise and lead expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
  • Swedish Council for Research and Development Co-operation in the European Communities, or Rådet för forsknings- och utvecklingssamarbete inom EU. (Official site) Field of operation: promote Sweden's participation within the EU Fifth Framework Program.
  • Swedish National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images, or Statens ljud- och bildarkiv (SLAB). (Official site) Field of operation: Archive of recorded sound and moving images.
  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, or Stiftelsen Strategisk Forskning. (Official site) Field of operation: promotes a broad use of IT in society, and supports research at Sweden's university colleges and new universities.
  • Swedish Institute for Future Studies, or Stiftelsen Institutet för Framtidsforskning. (Official site) Field of operation: a research foundation that on its own or in collaboration with others carries on future studies, longterm analyses, to stimulate an open and broad discussion on future threats and prospects in the development of the society.
  • Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, or Verket för innovationssytem. (Official site) Field of operation: The Agency integrates research and development in technology, working life and society.
  • Swedish Research Council, or Vetenskapsrådsrådet. (Official site) Field of operation: support basic, top-quality research, to ensure that Sweden is a leading research nation.

International co-operation

  • Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, or Svenska Unescorådet. (Official site) Field of operation: co-ordinates Swedish participation in UNESCO's work and is not a division of the UN agency UNESCO

The Ministry of Education and Science is also principal to a number of smaller agencies, academies and associations that are not listed above.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

  • Swedish National Board of Agriculture, or Jordbruksverket. (Official site) Field of operations: agriculture, horticulture and reindeer husbandry.
  • Swedish National Food Administration, or Livsmedelsverket. (Official site) Field of operations: Ensure quality of food is maintained.
  • Swedish National Board of Fisheries, or Fiskeriverket. (Official site) Field of operations: fishery.
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, or Sveriges Lantbruksuniveristet. ( Official site) Field of operations: universities, research.
  • Swedish National Veterinary Institute, or Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt (SVA). (Official site) Field of operations: diagnoisis and combating contagious animal diseases - research and prevention.
  • Swedish Veterinary Disciplinary Board, or Veterinära ansvarsnämnden. (Official site) Field of operations: examines matters concerning disciplinary responsibility for veterinary surgeons and also the revoking of veterinary licences.
  • Sami Parliament, or Sametinget. (Official site) Field of operations: The Sami Parliament is both a government agency and an elected parliament whose purpose is to promote the Sami culture.
  • Sami Foundation Board, or Styrelsen för samefonden. Field of operations: the board's funds are to be used to promote reindeer husbandry, Sami culture and Sami organisations.

Ministry of Culture

General cultural activities

Language, literature, libraries and archives

Visual arts, design and applied arts

Film, artists and heritage


Museums and exhibitions

Theatre, dance och music

Religious communities

Defunct agencies

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

See also


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