Chief of Army (Sweden)

Chief of Army (Swedish: Arméchef, AC) is the most senior appointment in the Swedish Army. The position Chief of Army was introduced in 1937 and the current form in 2014.

Chief of Army
Command flag of the Chief of Army.
Major general Karl Engelbrektson

since 1 June 2016
Swedish Army
Reports toThe Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development[1]
SeatLidingövägen 24, Stockholm, Sweden
NominatorMinister for Defence
AppointerThe Government
First holderOscar Nygren


In 1937, the staff agency "Chief of the Army" (Swedish: Chefen för armén, CA) was created to lead the army in peace time. The CA would under the King in Council exercise the highest military leadership of the Land Defense (Swedish: Lantförsvaret). At his side, the CA had an Army Staff to assist the CA in his duties.[2] Before 1937 the Chief of the General Staff was considered to be the Chief of Army, but he was not usually to the rank of chief, but formally only the king's chief of staff in his capacity as Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces. The oldest general was chairman of the special preparatory body called the Generals Commission (Generalskommissionen).[3]

Following a larger reorganization of the Swedish Armed Forces in 1994, the staff agency Chief of the Army ceased to exist as an independent agency. Instead, the post Chief of Army Staff (Swedish: Chefen för arméledningen) was created at the then newly instituted Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. In 1998, the Swedish Armed Forces was again reorganized. Most of the duties of the Chief of Army Staff were transferred to the newly instituted post of "Inspector General of the Army" (Swedish: generalinspektören för armén). The post is similar to that of the "Inspector General of the Swedish Navy" (Swedish: Generalinspektören för marinen) and the "Inspector General of the Swedish Air Force" (Swedish: Generalinspektören för flygvapnet).[4] It was later renamed to "Inspector of the Army" (Swedish: Arméinspektören).[3]

On 1 January 2014, the "Chief of Army" (Swedish: Arméchefen, AC) position was reinstated in the Swedish Armed Forces. The position has not the same duties as before.[5]


Tasks of the Chief of Army:[6]

  • Lead the units which the Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development has distributed
  • To the Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development propose the development of the units' abilities
  • Being the foremost representative of the units
  • Represent the units and the area of ability in international contacts


The command flag of the Chief of Army is drawn by Brita Grep and embroidered by hand by the Kedja studio, Heraldica. Blazon: "Fessed in yellow and blue; on yellow two blue batons of command with sets of yellow crowns placed two and one in saltire, on blue two yellow swords in saltire."[7]

Chiefs of the Army

No. Chief of the Army
Chefen för armén
Took officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Nygren, OscarLieutenant general
Oscar Nygren
1 July 19361 October 19371 year, 92 days[8]
Sylvan, PerLieutenant general
Per Sylvan
1 October 19371 October 19403 years, 0 days-
Holmquist, IvarLieutenant general
Ivar Holmquist
1 October 194031 March 19443 years, 182 days[9]
Douglas, ArchibaldLieutenant general
Archibald Douglas
1 April 194419483–4 years-
Ehrensvärd, Carl AugustLieutenant general
Carl August Ehrensvärd
194819578–9 years-
Bonde, ThordLieutenant general
Thord Bonde
195719635–6 years-
Göransson, CurtLieutenant general
Curt Göransson
196319695–6 years-
Almgren, Carl EricLieutenant general
Carl Eric Almgren
196919766–7 years-
Sköld, NilsLieutenant general
Nils Sköld
197619847–8 years-
Bengtsson, Erik G.Lieutenant general
Erik G. Bengtsson
(born 1928)
198419905–6 years-
Sagrén, ÅkeLieutenant general
Åke Sagrén
(born 1935)
199030 June 19943–4 years[10]

Chiefs of Army Staff

No. Chief of Army Staff
Chef för arméledningen
Took officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Sagrén, ÅkeLieutenant general
Åke Sagrén
(born 1935)
1 July 199430 March 19961 year, 273 days[10]
Melin, MertilLieutenant general
Mertil Melin
(born 1935)
1 April 199619981–2 years[11]

Inspectors General of the Army

No. Inspector General of the Army
Generalinspektör för armén
Took officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Degerlund, PaulMajor general
Paul Degerlund
(born 1948)
199830 June 20001–2 years-
Sandqvist, AlfMajor general
Alf Sandqvist
(born 1945)
1 July 200020032–3 years-

Inspectors of the Army

No. Inspector of the Army
Took officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Sandqvist, AlfMajor general
Alf Sandqvist
(born 1945)
1 January 200331 May 20052 years, 150 days-
Göranson, SverkerMajor general
Sverker Göranson
(born 1954)
31 May 20051 November 20072 years, 154 days-
Grundevik, BerndtMajor general
Berndt Grundevik
(born 1956)
1 November 200713 September 20124 years, 317 days[12][13]
Brännström, AndersMajor general
Anders Brännström
(born 1957)
13 September 201220 December 20131 year, 98 days[13]

Chiefs of Army

No. Chief of Army
Took officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Brännström, AndersMajor general
Anders Brännström
(born 1957)
20 December 20131 June 20162 years, 164 days[14]
Engelbrektson, KarlMajor general
Karl Engelbrektson
(born 1962)
1 June 2016Incumbent3 years, 162 days[14]

See also


  1. "PRODUKTIONSLEDNINGEN" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. Wallberg, Evabritta (1987-01-13). "5. Arméstaben > Förteckning" (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  3. Försvarets traditioner i framtiden med översiktlig historik från 1500-talet (PDF) (in Swedish). Statens försvarshistoriska museer TradN. 2015. p. 12. ISBN 9789197859554. LIBRIS 17552963. Archived from the original on 2016-08-17.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. Nordgren, Annika; et al. (24 February 1998). "Motion till riksdagen 1997/98:Fö3" (in Swedish). Riksdag. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  5. "Nya namn på nya poster" [New names for new positions] (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. Försvarets författningssamling: FFS 2013:4 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: TF-redaktionen, Försvarets materielverk. 2013-12-23. p. 18. ISSN 0347-7576. LIBRIS 3683131.
  7. Braunstein, Christian (2004). Svenska försvarsmaktens fälttecken efter millennieskiftet [The flags and standards of the Swedish armed forces after the turn of the millennium] (PDF). Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 7 [dvs 8] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. p. 106. ISBN 91-971584-7-X. LIBRIS 9815350. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  8. Cronenberg, Arvid (1990–1991). "Oscar E Nygren". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (in Swedish). 27. National Archives of Sweden. p. 704. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  9. Wikland, Erik (1971–1973). "C A F Ivar Holmquist". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (in Swedish). 19. National Archives of Sweden. p. 288. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  10. "Sammanställning över utnämningar och nya befattningar" (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (1): 34. 1994. LIBRIS 8257600.
  11. "Vår nye armechef" [Our new Chief of Army] (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (4): 2. 1995. LIBRIS 8257600. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  12. "Chefsbyten i Försvarsmakten" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  13. "Från hemvärnsrekryt till arméinspektör" [From Home Guard recruit to Army Inspector] (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  14. "Ny arméchef utsedd" [New Chief of Army appointed] (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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