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PostNord Sverige (formerly Posten AB) is the name of the Swedish postal service. The word "posten" means "the post" or "the mail" in Swedish. In 2009 it merged with its Danish equivalent, Post Danmark A/S, forming PostNord AB, a holding company that is jointly owned by the Swedish (60%) and Danish (40%) governments.[1] A rebranding to PostNord for both the mail and logistics divisions was performed in 2015.[2]

PostNord Sverige
State-owned company
Key people
Lars Idermark (CEO)
RevenueSEK 2.051 billion (2011)
OwnerSwedish Government (60%)
Danish Government (40%)
Number of employees
ParentPostNord AB
SubsidiariesStrålfors AB
DPD Nordic AB
Tidningstorget AB
Addresspoint AB
Svensk Adressändring AB
Tollpost Globe AS


Posten was established as Kungliga Postverket (The Royal Postal Agency) in 1636 by the Lord High Chancellor of Sweden Axel Oxenstierna, who was de facto regent until the young Queen Christina took the throne in 1644. It was operated as a government agency into the 1990s when it was transformed into a government-owned limited company.

One of the most visible changes to the postal service was the decision in 2000 to replace Posten's numerous post offices with a franchise net of postal service points, run by grocery shops and petrol stations. Postal Service Centres, run by Posten, are maintained for business clients only.

In addition to regular mail, Posten is also the largest distributor in Sweden of advertising mail.[3]

Mail and package delivery has in recent times become less reliable in Sweden, accredited to the large scale organisational changes and rationalisation in the last decade. Nevertheless, it is under increasing competition from private companies on the Swedish deregulated postal market. Their main competitor is the formerly private company CityMail, nationalised by Norway as of 2006. [1][permanent dead link]

On 24 June 2009, Posten AB merged with Post Danmark to form the new holding company PostNord AB, owned by the Swedish (60%) and Danish (40%) governments.[4]

Transportation of the mailEdit

Posten AB railcar, operated jointly with Green Cargo

All second-class mail in Sweden has been sent by rail since 2001.[5][6]

Directors General of PostverketEdit

Postal van in Sundsvall

Managing Directors of Posten ABEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2010 and Sustainability Report" (PDF). Posten Norden AB. 23 February 2011. p. 40. Retrieved 3 April 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Posten blir PostNord". Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  3. ^ Posten Annual report 2005, page 18 Linked 2013-08-05
  4. ^
  5. ^ Gustafsson, Eva-Marie. "Turnover Postal and Courier Activities in Sweden" (PDF). Statistics Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Railways". PostNord AB. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2013.

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