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 the Armed Forces Headquarters. The Director General is deputy commander of the Armed Forces.

All Swedish government agencies, including the Swedish Armed Forces, receive their assignments from the government. However, government ministers have no power to intervene in the Armed Forces' application of the law, nor in the exercise of its authority. In contrast to other countries, Swedish government ministers are not allowed to intervene in the day-to-day operations of any government agency. The Swedish parliament, the Riksdag, is responsible for ensuring that ministers abide by this convention.

The Armed Forces comprises units of all service branches, the Army, Navy and Air Force, and also includes the Home Guard and the National Security Forces. All three service branches share pooled capabilities such as training, logistics, command and control, as well as intelligence.

The Armed Forces is organised and divided into regiments, units, and training colleges. At times of high alert or mobilisation, the structure of the Armed Forces is changed to enable the reassignment of all personnel, materiel and infrastructure to prepare for armed conflict, or to support specific units.

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