How Sweden is governed

Sweden has three levels of government: national, regional and local. On entering the EU, Sweden acquired a further level of  government: the European level.

How Sweden is governed

Swedish parliament and Government

Sweden is a parliamentary democracy, which means that all public power proceeds from the people. At the national level, the people are represented by the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) which has legislative power. The Government implements the Riksdag's decisions and draws up proposals for new laws or law amendments.

How Sweden is governed at Government Offices of Sweden´s website

Municipalities and county councils

Sweden is divided into 290 municipalities, 20 county councils. There is no hierarchical relation between municipalities, counties and regions, since all have their own self-governing local authorities with responsibility for different activities.

Municipalities and county councils at Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions website

Local self government

Swedish municipalities, county councils and regions are responsible for providing a significant proportion of all public services. They have a considerable degree of autonomy, one example is building permits, and they have independent powers of taxation.

Local self government at Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions website

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SALAR, is both an employers' organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden. All of Sweden's municipalities, county councils and regions are members of SALAR.

About Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions at Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions website
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