Sweden, Kingdom of
Claes Ivgren DVM
Swedish Armed Forces
107 85 Stockholm
Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
The main task for the Military Medical Service is to protect,
maintain and restore the health of the Swedish soldiers.
Wherever they are on mission in the world, soldiers are to
receive at least the same level of treatment they would get in
Military Surgeon General and the Chief Medical Doctor main
• Medical intelligence, Preventive Medicine and Medical
Care and Rehabilitation.
• Issuing of Regulations and Instructions for the different
• Development of the Medical branch in Swedish Armed
Regional Medical Facilities
SWAF has only a small number of full time qualified medical
personnel employed. Most of the qualified personnel are
contracted civilians engaged only part time.
Sweden has no military hospitals Role 3–4. The military
medical service Role 3–4 is fully integrated in the civilian
health care system and university hospitals. The cooperation
is well developed with University clinics, academies and
Institutes and Training
Education and training of qualified Medical personnel is conducted
at the Centre for Defense Medicine in Gothenburg
which is also responsible for recruitment and development.
Aviation Medicine including Dynamic Flight Simulator and
pilot survival training is conducted in Linköping.
Centre for Diving Medicine is situated in Karlskrona.
The Logistic Regiment in Skövde is a joint armed forces unit
that supports other military units in the SAF with ammunition,
fuel, supplies and medical care. The Regiment also
incorporates the Armed Forces' Logistics College – a logistics,
traffic and driving school.
Sweden has been engaged in a number of international missions
and exercises. The Swedish military health care system
is compatible with NATO standards and has proved itself to
be well functioning in an international context. Level 1+
deployed in Mali (MINUSMA) since 2015 based on container
Sweden has a small number of RW MEDEVAC units manned
by anesthetists and anesthetic nurse.
Sweden has no Hospital ships.
Other Special Aspects
Military Medical Society