Ministry of Communications (Sweden)

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The Ministry of Communications (Transport)[a] (Swedish: Kommunikationsdepartementet) was a ministry in Sweden, established in 1920 in connection with the division of the Ministry for Civil Service Affairs. The department dealt with administrative matters concerning, among other things, railways and tramways, post telegraph and telephone, canals, roads, bridges, ferries, air traffic, geotechnical, meteorological and hydrological surveys, radio broadcasting and electrical installations. The ministry was headed by the minister of communications (transport). In 1999, the ministry was replaced by the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.


The Ministry of Communications was established in 1920 in connection with the division of the

state secretary as well as a director general for administrative affairs (expeditionschef) and a series of agencies headed by deputy directors (kansliråd) and in addition an agency for technical matters as well as first and second administrative officers (kanslisekreterare), first agency engineer (byråingenjör), registrar and amanuenses. The Ministry of Communications is one of the ministries that has a rapporteur in the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden.[3]

The Ministry of Communications included, among other things, the following central government agencies: the Swedish Post Office Board (Generalpoststyrelsen), the National Swedish Road Board (Väg- och vattenbyggnadsstyrelsen), the National Board of Public Building (Byggnadsstyrelsen), the National Swedish Board of Telecommunications Services (Telegrafstyrelsen), the National Swedish Railway Board (Järnvägsstyrelsen), the River Regulation Division and the Civil Aviation Administration.[3]

In 1999, the "grand ministry" of the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation was created through a merger of the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Employment and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and parts of the Ministry of the Interior (which ceased at the same time).[4]


Until 1973, the ministry was located in Kanslihuset [sv] at Mynttorget 2 in Stockholm.[5] From 1974 to 1994, the ministry was located at Vasagatan 8-10.[6][7] From 1995, the ministry was located in Departementets hus [sv] at Jakobsgatan 26.[8]


  1. ^ [Royal Swedish] Ministry of Communications (Transport); (British equivalent roughly) the Ministry of Transport; (American equivalent roughly) the Interstate Commerce Commission, (abbreviated) ICC; (for telework matters) the Federal Communications Commission, (abbreviated) FCC[1] or [Royal Swedish] Ministry of Transport and Communications.[2]