Ministry of Employment (Sweden)

The Ministry of Employment (Swedish: Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet) is a ministry in the Swedish government responsible for labour market, labour law and the work environment. The Ministry is also responsible for the work of advancing gender equality and human rights at national level. Moreover, the Ministry is responsible for efforts to increase integration, combat segregation, racism and discrimination, and strengthen the rights of children and LGBTI people.

Ministry of Employment
Agency overview
Formed1974 (1974)[1]
Minister responsible

The Swedish Ministry of Employment has two ministers (april 2019). Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark is head of the Ministry. Åsa Lindhagen is Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation. The ministers also have political advisers on staff who assist them in policy work, providing background material, political assessments, planning and coordination, and media contacts.

The Ministry has an Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, two secretariats and six divisions, which are led by non-politically appointed officials.[1]


The Ministry of Employment was established in 1974, when the Ministry of the Interior [sv] (Swedish: Inrikesdepartementet) was split into two new ministries. The Ministry of Employment assumed responsibility for labour market, labour protection and immigration issues. Housing policies were transferred to a new Ministry of Housing [sv] (Swedish: Bostadsdepartementet).

On January 1, 1999 the responsibilities of the Ministry of Employment were transferred to the new Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (Swedish: Näringsdepartementet).

On January 1, 2007, the ministry was reinstituted after a decision by the new government that took office on October 6, 2006.

Areas of responsibilityEdit

  • Introduction of new arrivials
  • Labour law and work enivorment
  • Labour market
  • Gender equality
  • Children's rights
  • Democracy and human rights

Government agenciesEdit

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


  1. ^ "Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010. (subscription required)

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 59°19′45.15″N 18°03′50.48″E / 59.3292083°N 18.0640222°E / 59.3292083; 18.0640222