New Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation as of 1 January 2015

The Government’s objective is that Sweden will have the lowest unemployment in the EU by 2020. The new Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation will be the hub of activities to create jobs and sustainable growth throughout the country.

The Ministers at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation Mehmet Kaplan, Sven-Erik Bucht, Mikael Damberg and Anna Johansson
The Ministers at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation: Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology Mehmet Kaplan, Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg and Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson. Photo: Sandra Wiaderny/Government Offices of Sweden

"The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation will drive the Government Offices' work to create jobs and sustainable growth throughout the country. The new organisational structure brings closely related issues together and I am convinced that we will reap many synergy benefits. At the Ministry, we will now shape and develop this work together. I am very much looking forward to this process," says Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg.

The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation will have a whole new organisational structure, divided into four departments. These will play a central role in the new Ministry:

  • Housing and transport
  • Sustainable growth
  • Innovation and state-owned companies
  • Enterprise and conditions

Mr Damberg points out that rural issues are an important part of the Government's growth strategy in which it sees great potential. He also raises trade and export issues as important elements in the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.

A further purpose of the new ministerial structure is the opportunity to work on common targets and strategies and to use the combined resources of the Government Offices, government agencies and other actors efficiently.

"I very much look forward to leading the new Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, including rural issues, responsibility for the state-owned companies and export promotion. We are taking a holistic view of what makes Sweden strong, and in this respect our Ministry has an important role," concludes Mr Damberg.

The new Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

On 1 January 2015, most of the tasks previously handled by the Ministry for Rural Affairs, and certain tasks previously handled by the Ministry of Finance (company management), the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (planning, construction and housing issues) and the Ministry of Employment (urban development issues), were transferred to the new Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. Trade issues will remain at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with a permanent Section 5 order for the Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.