Government agencies in Sweden

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The government agencies in Sweden are state-controlled organizations who act independently to carry out the policies of the 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

Main article: Riksdag

Ministry of Justice

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

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

Adult education

Higher education

Financial study support


International co-operation

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

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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