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State Secretary to Pål Jonson


Peter Sandwall is State Secretary to Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.

State Secretaries are politically appointed senior officials at the Government Offices who lead the work of a ministry directly under the head of the ministry or another minister. State Secretaries are responsible for planning and coordination.


State Secretary Peter Sandwall
State Secretary Peter Sandwall Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Areas of responsibility

  • ​​Defence
  • ​Military defence


​​Peter Sandwall was born in 1963 and lives in Stockholm. He is married and has two adult children.


​Doctoral studies in Economics (not completed), Uppsala University 
​Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics  
​Various courses in subjects such as political science and conflict research, Uppsala University 
​French language studies Sorbonne University, Paris  
​National military service and Reserve Officer training, Swedish Armed Forces​ (Swedish Navy)

Positions and assignments

​State Secretary, Ministry of Defence 
​County Governor, Kalmar County 
​Director-General, Swedish Armed Forces  
​Head of Budget Department, Ministry of Finance  
​Head of EU Budget Division, Ministry of Finance 
​Board chair, hedge fund companies ​(part-time), based in the United States 
​Head of EMU projects, Ministry of Finance 
​Head of Division for EMU Affairs and EU Structural Issues, Ministry of Finance 
​Desk Officer for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and G10, Ministry of Finance 
​Minesweeper captain, Captain in Navy reserves​


​Member, Advisory Council, Swedish Energy Agency 
​Member, Advisory Council, Swedish Agency for Public Management 
​Member, Advisory Council, Swedish National Financial Management Authority 
​Member, Advisory Council, Swedish Defence Recruitment Agency 
​Member, Advisory Council, Swedish Coast Guard 
​Board member, Swedish Institute for Quality (SIQ) ​