Ministry of Justice (Sweden)

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Ministry of Justice
Agency overview
Formed 1840 (1840)[1]
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The Ministry of Justice (Swedish: Justitiedepartementet) is a Cabinet-level ministry in the Government of Sweden with responsibility for legislation.[clarification needed] The ministry is responsible for the Swedish legal system in Constitution and general administrative law, civil law, procedural law and criminal law. The ministry also handles matters relating to democratic issues, human rights, integration and minority issues, metropolitan affairs, sports issues and non-governmental organisations.[citation needed] It is located in the government chancellery Rosenbad in Stockholm.

Areas of responsibility[edit]

  • Consumer affairs
  • Criminal matters
  • Democracy issues
  • International Judicial Cooperation
  • Judicial system[clarification needed]
  • Legislation[clarification needed]
  • Migration and asylum policy
  • Strategy to meet the threat of terrorism
  • Transparency in the EU


The Ministry of Justice is headed by the Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

The political executive also includes the state secretaries, the political advisers and the press secretaries.

Other senior officials are the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, three Directors-General for Legal Affairs, the Director-General for International Affairs, the Director of Planning, the Administrative Director, the Head of Personnel and the Head of Information.

Below the executive level, the ministry is divided into 21 divisions.

Beatrice Ask was the head from 2006 to 2014. Tobias Billström was the minister for migration and asylum policy while Nyamko Sabuni led the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality from 2007 until it was dissolved in 2010.

European Union[edit]

European Union-related issues are closely related to the work of the Ministry of Justice. Four areas in particular stand out; judicial and domestic issues (police and judicial cooperation in penal law, judicial cooperation in civil law), internal market issues (e.g. patents, copyright and company law), openness (public access to official documents), and discrimination (equal treatment).[2]

Government agencies[edit]

The Ministry of Justice is principal for the following government agencies:


  1. ^ "Justitiedepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ministry of Justice - EU work

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