The Government Offices is the agency that assists the Government and Ministers in their task of governing Sweden. The Government Offices consists of the Prime Minister’s Office, eleven ministries and the Office for Administrative Affairs. The Ministry of Finance is one of the eleven ministries in the Government Offices and has around 400 employees. About five per cent of these are political appointees.
Political leadership and staff
There are three ministers at the Ministry of Finance:
- Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson, who is also head of the ministry
- Minister for Financial Markets, Deputy Minister for Finance Åsa Lindhagen
- Minister for Public Administration Lena Micko.
The ministers themselves choose their own closest staff members: State Secretaries, Assistant State Secretary, Political Advisers and Press Secretaries. These politically appointed employees comprise the Ministry's political staff, who assist the ministers in directing the work of the Ministry. The State Secretaries, who are directly answerable to the ministers, are each responsible for specific policy areas. They assist the ministers in planning, coordination and follow-up of the ministry's activities. The Assistant State Secretary and Political Advisers assist the political leadership with background material, political assessments, planning and coordination. The Press Secretaries assist the ministers in their contact with the media.
The day-to-day work of the Ministry of Finance is conducted by the various departments. Each department has a head of department. Departments are divided into divisions, which are led by heads of division. The heads of departments and divisions are appointed by the Government, but are not political appointees.
The Ministry of Finance is divided into eight departments with different areas of responsibility and activity.
Department for Public Administration
The Department for Public Administration is responsible for local government financial and legislative matters, agency governance, statistics, regulation of gambling, state administration, central government employer policy, procurement law and consumer issues.
The Budget Department is responsible for leading and coordinating the Government's work on the central government budget, and for budget policy, regulation and follow-up.
Economic Affairs Department
The Economic Affairs Department monitors, analyses and assesses the real development of the Swedish economy and the development of public finances, and the use and distribution of the resources of society.
Financial Markets and Institutions Department
The Financial Markets and Institutions Department is responsible for matters relating to the stability of the financial system, consumer protection in the financial markets, national debt policy, pension savings, and the regulation of companies, trade and services in the financial markets.
The International Department coordinates the Ministry's international issues and drafts and prepares Sweden's positions.
Tax and Customs Department
The Tax and Customs Department is responsible for formulating proposals for legislation on taxes and social security contributions, and for customs matters.
Legal and General Affairs Department
The Legal and General Affairs Department is responsible for operational planning, budget coordination, and financial and IT administration. The Department also advises the Ministry leadership and all departments except Financial Markets and Institutions and Tax and Customs on legal issues.
Planning and Housing Department
The Planning and Housing Department is responsible for matters concerning housing and construction, non-profit municipal limited liability housing companies, building research and consumer protection on housing construction and purchase. The Department is also responsible for matters concerning urban and regional planning, plan implementation, land use and development planning, urban development and expropriation permits.