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Ministry of Defence (Sweden)

The Ministry of Defence (Swedish: Försvarsdepartementet) is a Swedish government ministry responsible for the national defence policy.

Ministry of Defence
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Agency overview
Formed1920 (1920)[1]
Employeesabout 150
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Defence has existed in its present form since 1920. It has been located at its present premises at Jakobsgatan 9 at Gustaf Adolfs torg, Stockholm, since 1966. The ministry has a staff of 150: political advisers, officials, assistants, clerical officers, military advisers in military issues, etc. The ministry is headed by the Minister for Defence, currently Peter Hultqvist (s).


Government agenciesEdit

The Ministry of Defence is principal for the following government agencies:

  • Swedish Armed Forces, or Försvarsmakten (FM). 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).
  • Swedish National Service Administration, or Pliktverket. Located in Karlstad. 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). 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 Civil Contingencies Agency, or Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB) 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).

Until 2007 the Swedish National Defence College, or Försvarshögskolan (FHS). was also under the command of the Swedish Ministry of Defence. On 1 January 2008 it became a national university college, which implies that it can now offer civilian university study programmes to a greater extent than before.

Areas of responsibilityEdit

  • The military defence
  • International operations
  • Emergency preparedness

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Försvarsdepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010. (subscription required)

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