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State-owned enterprise
Fate Active
Predecessor Swedish State Railways
Founded 1 January 2001
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Area served
Sweden. Also Norway: Ofoten Line to Narvik, Kongsvinger Line to Oslo; and Denmark: Oresund Line to Copenhagen.
Key people
Crister Fritzson (President & CEO)[1]
Jan Sundling (chairman)[2]
Products Rail transport
Revenue 8 billion SEK (2011)[1]
Owner Government of Sweden[1]
Number of employees
approx. 4000 (2011)[1]
Subsidiaries SJ Götalandståg
SJ Norrlandståg

SJ (formally SJ AB) is a government-owned passenger train operator in Sweden. SJ was created in 2000, out of the public transport division of Statens Järnvägar, when the former government agency was divided into six separate government-owned limited companies.


SJ's operations fall broadly into subsidised and unsubsidised services. The unsubsidised services was until 2011 monopoly and consist mainly of the X 2000 higher speed train network. The subsidised trains are awarded through competitive bids. However, some trains fall in between these categories, since public transit agencies can pay SJ to allow transit pass holders access to SJ's trains.

SJ received a government bailout a few years after its creation, but has since had profit margins of up to ten per cent. All train operators in Sweden pay low track access charges to the track authority, Trafikverket.

Rolling stock[edit]

SJ higher speed services (SJ Snabbtåg)[edit]

X2 is serving for higher speed trains, with a top speed of 200 km/h and it is tilting in curves passed in high speeds. The trains serve the Stockholm-Gothenburg (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Malmö-Copenhagen (Södra Stambanan and Öresund Line), Stockholm-Sundsvall and, seasonally, Stockholm-Strömstad, Stockholm-Oslo and Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved). There are about 40 X2 sets in service and all trains will be going through a major renovation.[citation needed] X55 is a newer train introduced in 2012. The interior is mainly modern style, and the train has a top speed of 200 km/h and serves Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved) (Mittbanan-Norra Stambanan)-Stockholm-Uddevalla (Västra Stambanan and Bohusbanan) to advance to Gothenburg for night parking-Stockholm-Sundsvall-Umeå (Ostkustbanan, Botniabanan), Gothenburg-Malmö (Västkustbanan) and Stockholm-Karlstad (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Falun/Mora (Dalabanan)

SJ InterCity[edit]

InterCity trains are Rc-hauled trains, often many 2nd class cars. Most InterCity trains also have a bistro car.

SJ Regional[edit]

SJ Regional services include double-deckers (X40), pull and push trains, X12, X14 and X52 cars. The trains do not serve meals or drinks. The trains are not usually travelling distances over 4 hours, except Stockholm-Karlstad Fridays, Coast to Coast and Stockholm-Gothenburg via Örebro. Not all trains have first class, and these trains are usually used as commuter trains. A normal order in a pull train is AB7-BF7-B7 or B7-BF7-B7 or AB7-B7-BF7-B7. These trains are not usually longer than 4 cars, except Uppsalapendeln (Stockholm-Uppsala) which often has 8 cars and is a push and pull.

Image Type Class In fleet Usage Notes
V196-13 redigerad-1.jpg Electric locomotive SJ Rc3 10 Intercity, Regional The Rc3-units are sometimes leased out to other operators. All painted black.
SJ Rc6 at Luleå C.JPG Electric locomotive SJ Rc6 100 Night-train, Intercity, Regional Mostly painted black, a few in old dark-blue livery.
SJ X2000 te Strömstad.JPG Electric multiple unit SJ X2 44 Higher-speed (X 2000) Painted grey. To be modernised.
SJ x12-3216.JPG Electric multiple unit SJ X12 7 Regional Refurbished 2012-2014. Painted grey.
Coradia Duplex SJ X40.jpg Electric multiple unit SJ X40 43 Regional Painted grey.
Örnsköldsvik Central Station 7.JPG Electric multiple unit SJ X55 20 Higher-speed (SJ 3000) Used on higher speed lines to northern Sweden, Karlstad and Uddevalla from Stockholm. Painted grey.


SJ Night train[edit]

The SJ Night train (Swedish: SJ Nattåg) are Rc locomotive-hauled trains with both sleeper waggons as well as standard waggons. All services have a bistro waggon. The night-trains are operated on the following lines:[3]

  • Gothenburg-Storlien
  • Gothenburg-Boden-Luleå (PSO)
  • Stockholm-Narvik (PSO)
  • Stockholm-Malmö

Services are operated by SJ Norrlandståg except where otherwise noted.

SJ InterCity[edit]

The InterCity services are Rc-hauled trains with standard-seating carriages in both first and second class. There is always a bistro waggon available in the trainset.[4]

Lines with InterCity service:

  • Luleå-Narvik
  • Stockholm-Falun
  • Stockholm-Gothenburg
  • Stockholm-Karlstad-Oslo
  • Stockholm-Malmö
  • Stockholm-Mora
  • Stockholm-Östersund-Duved

SJ Regional[edit]

Regional services chiefly in the area around lake Mälaren. Operated with either Rc-hauled trainsets, X12/X14 or X40 EMUs. Food and drinks are not sold on board. The X40 is equipped with free 4G WiFi in cooperation with TeliaSonera. Both first and second-class are usually offered.[5]

SJ higher speed trains[edit]

SJ higher speed trains (Swedish: SJ Snabbtåg) are X2 or X55 trains operating on the main routes in Sweden. The train is equipped with WiFi and has a bistro.[6]

Identity document required for travel[edit]

From September 2009, the train operator SJ requires an identity document from passengers with a pre-paid ticket (which is mandatory on many trains). These have to be a Nordic ID card or any passport.[7] This is due to an effort to stop private trading of train tickets.


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