Organisational Structure and Responsibilities

The Swedish Armed Forces is a body subject to the Swedish Parliament and government. It is headed by the Supreme Commander who leads and supervises the Armed Forces through Armed Forces Headquarters. The Director General is deputy commander of the Armed Forces.

In line with other state agencies in Sweden, the Armed Forces are subject to ministerial powers in terms of directing operations. However, government ministers have no powers to intervene in the Armed Forces' application of the law or the exercise of its authority. In contrast to other countries, Swedish government ministers may not directly intervene day-to-day operations. The Swedish parliament, the Riksdag, is responsible for ensuring that ministers respect this convention.

The Armed Forces is made up of its primary military units, including the Home Guard and the National Security Forces. The military units are divided into the Army, Navy and Air Force, with all three sharing pooled capabilities such as training, logistics, command and intelligence.

Normally, these forces are organised in relevant groups such as regiments, units, and training colleges. At times of high alert or mobilisation, the Armed Forces alters its structure to enable all personnel, materiel and infrastructure to be re-tasked for armed conflict or to support specific units.

In peacetime, the Swedish Armed Forces are based at more than 70 locations across Sweden.