Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

5,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 November 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Swedish Parliament has approved on 15 December 2004 the proposal of the government regarding the modernisation and the reorganisation of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten). Some 3,000 officers and 2,500 civil workers will be laid off in the context of this reorganisation effort, which aims at adapting the Swedish army to the new international environment and the new threats, i.e terrorism and international criminality. About 10 military bases (Östersund, Strängnäs, Göteborg, Halmstad, Arvidsjaur, Uppsala, Haninge/Berga, Visby and Karlskrona) will be closed down while others will be reorganised (Kristinehamn, Hammarö, Karlstad, Vaxholm and Haninge/Berga).


  • 16 December 2004: Press release by Försvarsdepartamentet
  • 16 December 2004: Dagens Nyheter
  • 9 November 2004: Press release by Försvarsmakten


Eurofound (2004), Försvarsmakten, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 61463, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61463.