Upper Norrland Military District

Upper Norrland Military District (Swedish: Övre Norrlands militärområde, Milo ÖN), originally VI Military District (Swedish: VI. militärområdet) was a Swedish military district, a command of the Swedish Armed Forces that had operational control over Upper Norrland, for most time of its existence corresponding to the area covered by the counties of Västerbotten and Norrbotten. The headquarters of Milo ÖN were located in Boden.

Upper Norrland Military District
Övre Norrlands militärområde
Heraldic arms
Country Sweden
AllegianceSwedish Armed Forces
BranchMulti (Sea, Air and Land)
TypeMilitary district
RoleOperational, territorial and tactical operations


Milo ÖN was created in 1966 along with five other military districts as part of a reorganisation of the administrative divisions of the Swedish Armed Forces. It can be seen as the successor of VI Military District (VI. militärområdet) created in 1942, but that did not have the same tasks as Milo ÖN. The military district consisted of the land covered by the above-mentioned counties. In 1993, the number of military districts of Sweden was decreased to three, and as a consequence of that, Milo ÖN was merged with the Lower Norrland Military District (Milo NN) to create a new military district, the Northern Military District (Milo N).

Units 1989Edit

In peacetime the Upper Norrland Military District consisted of the following units, which were training recruits for wartime units:

In wartime the Upper Norrland Military District would have activated the following major land units, as well as a host of smaller units:

  • 15th Division, in Boden
    • NB 19 - Norrbotten Brigade, a Type 85 Norrland Brigade (optimized for arctic/winter warfare) based on the I 19/P 5 - Norrbotten Regiment
    • NB 50 - Lapland Brigade, a Type 85 Norrland Brigade based on the I 20 - Västerbotten Regiment
    • 8x Norrland Jäger battalions
    • 3x Self-propelled Artillery Battalions, with 8x Bandkanon 1 each

Heraldry and traditionsEdit

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms of the Upper Norrland Military District Staff 1983–1993. Blazon: "Azur, an erect sword with the district letter (ÖN - Upper Norrland) surrounded by an open chaplet of oak leaves, all or."[1]

Commanding officersEdit

Military commandersEdit

Chiefs of StaffEdit

Names, designations and locationsEdit

Name Translation From To
VI. militärområdet VI Military District 1942-10-01 1966-09-30
Upper Norrland Military District Övre Norrlands militärområde 1966-10-01 1993-06-30
Designation From To
VI. Milo 1943-10-01 1966-09-30
Milo ÖN 1966-10-01 1993-06-30
Location From To
Boden Garrison 1943-10-01 1993-06-30

See alsoEdit




  • Braunstein, Christian (2006). Heraldiska vapen inom det svenska försvaret [Heraldry of the Swedish Armed Forces] (PDF). Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 9 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 91-971584-9-6. SELIBR 10099224.
  • Holmberg, Björn (1993). Arméns regementen, skolor och staber: [en uppslagsbok] : en sammanställning (in Swedish). Arvidsjaur: Svenskt militärhistoriskt bibliotek (SMB). ISBN 91-972209-0-6. SELIBR 7796532.