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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Front and back page of the 2018 edition of If crisis or war comes published by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Swedish: Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, MSB) is a Swedish administrative authority, organised under the Ministry of Defence. The agency is responsible for issues concerning civil protection, public safety, emergency management and civil defence. Responsibility refers to measures taken before, during and after an emergency or crisis. MSB work in close cooperation with the municipalities, the county councils, other authorities, organisations and the private sector to achieve increased safety and security at all levels of society. This is done through education, support, training exercises, regulation and supervision.[1]

The agency covers the whole spectrum of contingencies; from everyday road traffic accidents and fires, up to chemical emergencies, power cuts and other technical failures. Additionally, more serious emergencies, such as bomb threats and other antagonistic attacks, epidemics, natural disasters and war. In most cases, the responsibility for on-scene action does not lie with the Civil Contingencies Agency but with municipal rescue services, law enforcement agencies or other agencies.[1]


The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency was established 1 January 2009, when it replaced the now defunct Swedish Rescue Services Agency (Swedish: Räddningsverket), the Swedish Emergency Management Agency (Swedish: Krisberedskapsmyndigheten) and the Swedish National Board of Psychological Defence (Swedish: Styrelsen för psykologiskt försvar).[2]

In June 2017, the agency announced that it was to spend 10 million SEK (about 1 million euro) on gender theory to investigate relations during crisis management.[3] In total, the agency has spent 21 million SEK on gender theory efforts 2009-2018.[4] In the summer of 2018, the expenses on gender theorists was ridiculed in Polish media as Sweden asked and received 139 firefighters and 44 fire engines from Poland for a duration of two weeks to put out extensive wildfires which had raged beyond the control of Swedish capabilities and preparedness.[4]


The MSB is based in Stockholm, Karlstad, Kristinehamn and Ljung. The MSB also has some colleges in Sandö, Revinge and Rosersberg. The agency has about 850 employees, led by Director-General Dan Eliasson. It's organised into five departments: Risk & Vulnerability Reduction Department, Emergency Management Development Department, Coordination and Operations Department, Evaluation and Monitoring Department and the Administration Department.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "About". MSB. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Vision, concept and cornerstone". MSB. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ "MSB satsar 10 miljoner på genusforskning - ska gå till botten med "maktrelationer" vid krishantering". Dagens Juridik (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  4. ^ a b Nyheter, SVT (2018-08-08). "Polsk tv sprider falska nyheter om Sverige efter skogsbränderna". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  5. ^ "Management". MSB. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Departments and Sections". MSB. Retrieved 21 July 2014.

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