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Swedish Security Service

Swedish Security Service
Säkerhetspolisen (Säpo)
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Agency overview
Formed 1 October 1989
Jurisdiction Sweden

Polhemsgatan 30, Kungsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
59°19′52.83″N 18°2′14.35″E / 59.3313417°N 18.0373194°E / 59.3313417; 18.0373194{{#coordinates:59|19|52.83|N|18|2|14.35|E|type:landmark_region:SE | |name=

Employees Approximately 1,000 (2008)
Annual budget SEK 789,663,000 (2008)
Minister responsible Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice
Agency executive Anders Thornberg, Director-General
Parent agency Ministry of Justice
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Area of responsibility of Säpo units: Syd (green), Väst (blue), Nedre mellersta (orange), Övre mellersta (red), Norr (yellow)

The Swedish Security Service (Swedish: Säkerhetspolisen, "Security Police"; Säpo) is a Swedish government agency organised under the Ministry of Justice.

Area of responsibility

The Security Service's areas of responsibility are counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, protection of the Constitution of Sweden and protection of sensitive objects, including Royal and diplomatic protection. It is to be expected that its work is often surrounded by a great deal of confidentiality. In recent years however, there had been a development towards greater openness, though this has gone into reverse in light of ongoing international tensions as of 2015. It is the duty of the Security Service to detect and take measures against crimes against national security, and in many cases, the Security Service also handles the investigations of such crimes. Sometimes, however, such investigations are carried out by regular police units, while the Security Service provides the necessary intelligence.

In popular culture

The Security Service's role in Cold War counterintelligence is referred to in the second and third novels of the best-selling "Millennium series" by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.


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