Military Academy Karlberg

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Military Academy Karlberg
Militärhögskolan Karlberg
Militärhögskolan Karlberg vapen.svg
Type Military academy
Established 1792 (1792)
Commander of the School Colonel Mats Danielsson
Academic staff
Undergraduates 300
Location Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
Campus Karlberg Palace
Karlberg Palace

Military Academy Karlberg (Swedish: Militärhögskolan Karlberg) is a Swedish military academy, since its inauguration in 1792 in operation in the Karlberg Palace in Solna, just north of central Stockholm. It is thus the oldest military academy in the world to remain in its original location.

Swedish cadets join the academy as part of their three-year training as do officers aspiring to become navy lieutenants or army and air force captains.[1]

As of 2007, the academy employs approximately 150 people and train some 300 officers annually.[2] Notwithstanding Karlberg being a military institution, the palace and its park, classified as a historical monument of national interest, is accessible to the general public.[3]


King Gustav III's ambitions to establish an academy for cadets at Ulriksdal Palace were cancelled following his death in 1792 as his wife Queen Sophia Magdalena wished to have that palace as a private residence. The Kungliga Krigsacademien ("Royal War Academy") was subsequently relocated to Karlberg Palace, the former royal summer residence, where the first generation of cadets began their education in November the same year.[2]

Shortly after the death of the king, during the regency of Gustav IV Adolf, an enlargement was found necessary to accommodate the officers and construction work on the elongated pavilions of the palace commenced the following year to be accomplished to the design of Carl Christoffer Gjörwell three years later.[2]

Until 1867 both navy and army cadets were educated at Karlberg, after which the two military educations were separated for 132 years before being unified again in 1999, since 2003 accompanied by air force officers.[1]


  • 1792-1793: Governor Major General Peter Bernhard Piper
  • 1793-1824: Governor Major General Count Nils August Cronstedt
  • 1824-1839: Governor General Johan Lefrén
  • 1839-1850: Governor Colonel Adolf Ammilon
  • 1850-1861: Governor Lieutenant General Magnus Thulstrup
  • 1861-1865: Governor Colonel Carl Gustaf Lagercrantz
  • 1865-1875: Governor Colonel Lars Johan Malcolm Reenstierna
  • 1875-1882: Colonel Count Gustaf Snoilsky
  • 1882-1890: Colonel Henning Thulstrup
  • 1890-1897: General Gustaf Uggla
  • 1897-1901: Colonel Hans Alexander Gustaf Altvater Pantzerhielm
  • 1901-1906: Lieutenant Colonel Baron Adolf Fredrik Constantin Fock
  • 1906-1912: Lieutenant General Baron Vilhelm Rappe
  • 1912-1916: Colonel Gustaf Bouveng
  • 1916-1921: Colonel Erik Nordenskjöld
  • 1921-1926: Lieutenant Colonel Tage af Klercker
  • 1926-1930: Colonel Carl Uggla
  • 1930-1933: Colonel Ernst af Klercker
  • 1933-1937: Colonel Karl Gustaf Emanuel Brandel
  • 1937-1940: Major General Gustaf Petri
  • 1940-1944: Colonel Bertil Uggla
  • 1944-1947: Colonel Gilbert Nordqvist
  • 1947-1949: Major General Carl Fredrik Reinhold Lemmel
  • 1949-1953: Colonel Malcolm Murray
  • 1953-1958: Major General Bengt Carl Olof Hjelm
  • 1958-1964: Colonel Anders Grafström
  • 1964-1969: Colonel Nils-Ivar Carlborg
  • 1969-1973: Colonel 1st rank Gösta Gärdin
  • 1973-1974: Major General Bengt Liljestrand
  • 1974-1976: Colonel 1st rank Gunnar Olov Johannes Hallström
  • 1976-1980: Colonel 1st rank Rolf Frykhammar
  • 1980-1983: Lieutenant General Curt Sjöö
  • 1983-1988: Colonel 1st rank Matts Uno Liljegren
  • 1988-1992: Colonel Knut Anders Gustaf Anerud
  • 1992-1997: Colonel Lars Björkman
  • 1997-1998: Colonel Urban Staaff
  • 1999-2001: Colonel Jan-Axel Thomelius
  • 2002-2004: Colonel Bengt Nylander
  • 2005-2008: Colonel Urban Molin
  • 2008-2009: Lieutenant Colonel mst Mats Alnevik
  • 2009-2013: Colonel Mats Danielsson
  • 2013-2014: Lieutenant Colonel mst Mats Alnevik
  • 2014-present: Colonel Rikard Askstedt


The various names of the Military Academy Karlberg:[4][5]

Name Translation Active
Kungliga Krigsakademin Royal War Academy 1792–1863
Kungliga Krigsskolan[6] Royal Military Academy[6] 1863–1983
Krigsskolan Karlberg Military Academy Karlberg 1983–1998
Militärhögskolan Karlberg Military Academy Karlberg 1999–

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Military Academy Karlberg
  2. ^ a b c Historiesajten
  3. ^ Fortifikationsverket
  4. ^ "Krigsskolan (1792 – )" [War Academy (1792 – )] (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Grafström, Claes, ed. (2014). Kungliga Krigsskolans officerskurs 1968-1969 (OK 68-69) erkannerligen Den mäktige 177.QRZN behagar härmed utgiva sin QRZ-bok nr 3 (in Swedish). Uppsala: 177. officerskursen vid Krigsskolan Karlberg. ISBN 9789163759871. LIBRIS 17165259. 
  6. ^ a b Gullberg, Ingvar E. (1977). Svensk-engelsk fackordbok för näringsliv, förvaltning, undervisning och forskning [A Swedish-English dictionary of technical terms used in business, industry, administration, education and research] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1443. ISBN 91-1-775052-0. LIBRIS 8345587. 


Coordinates: 59°20′26″N 18°01′11″E / 59.34056°N 18.01972°E / 59.34056; 18.01972