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Swedish Defence University
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Established 1997 (1997) (originally in 1952)
Type Military academy
Rector Robert Egnell (2019)
Location Stockholm, Sweden
Campus Urban

The Swedish Defence University (Swedish language: Försvarshögskolan , FHS) is situated on Drottning Kristinas väg 37 in Östermalm, Stockholm City Centre, next to the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology.


Today's Swedish Defence University marks the latest development in a long line of military education tradition. The Higher Artillery College in Marieberg was established in Stockholm in the 19th century. The Swedish Defence University has existed in its present form since 1997. The University was established as a national university college on January 1, 2008, allowing it to issue academic degrees. Formerly known in English as the Swedish National Defence College, the University adopted its current name on 1 February 2015.[1] In 2018 the Swedish Defence University received permission to grant two-year master's degrees.[2]


The University trains and educates domestic and international military and civilian personnel. The University offers training for career and reserve officers of the Swedish Armed Forces. Graduates contribute, both nationally and internationally, to the management of crisis situations and security issues. Successful candidates are awarded a bachelor's degree in Military Science. The course is conducted over 6 semesters. On successful completion of all modules 180 credits are awarded.

The officers' programme is a three-year undergraduate degree course through which the officers gain proficiency as platoon-level leaders. Teachers and professors from the Swedish Defence University are often seen in the media as expert commentators on matters of public interest.


The University is a founding member of the International Society of Military Sciences (ISMS) and hosted the ISMS annual conference in 2010. The University contributes towards national and international security through research and development. Research is carried out Military Arts and Sciences and subsequently disseminated both nationally and internationally. The University is a member of the International Association for Military Pedagogy, whose members include military and civilian professionals from military institutions of advanced learning.


At the Swedish Defense College, basic research and applied research are conducted with relevance to the area of community protection and security. The research covers both military and civilian aspects of the area and ranges from security policy and civilian crisis management to war, defense and military operations. Much of the published material can be found in DiVA, the Digital Scientific Archive, which is a publication database for research publications and student papers.[3]

The Militärhistorisk tidskrift is the only one of its kind in the Nordic countries and is published by the Military History Section at the Swedish Defense College. Together with its predecessor Aktuellt och historiskt, it has been published since 1953. The Militärhistorisk tidskrift is usually published in December every year.[4]

Facilities and buildings

Main building of the Swedish Defence University

From 1926, the Royal Swedish Army Staff College, the Royal Swedish Naval Staff College and the Artillery and Engineering College were located on Östermalmsgatan 87 in Stockholm in the so-called Grå huset ("Gray House"). In connection with the formation of the Swedish Armed Forces Staff College on 1 October 1961, the new school was moved to the barracks area on Valhallavägen 117, which had been built in 1877 for the Svea Artillery Regiment (A 1).[5] With the addition of the Swedish Armed Forces Management College (Försvarets förvaltningshögskola, FörvHS) in 1994, two new places of education were also added, where the Swedish Armed Forces Management College had its education in Karlstad and Östersund.[6] After the Swedish Armed Forces Staff College was disbanded on 31 December 1996, the premises on Valhallavägen 117 were taken over by the new Swedish National Defence College.

After initially remaining with most of the activities on the premises at Valhallavägen, it was decided in the early 2000s that the Swedish National Defense College would move to newly erected premises on Campus Valhallavägen at Drottning Kristinas väg, neighbor of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. From 1 August 2005, the college operated on Drottning Kristinas väg 37.[7] The new premises were inaugurated on 22 September 2005 by His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf.[8] In 2007, the Swedish National Defense College left Östersund and since 2007 it is located on Drottning Kristinas väg 37 in Stockholm, at Karlberg Palace, Byggnad Nydal in Solna and in Karolinen on Våxnäsgatan 10 in Karlstad.

Heraldry and traditions

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the Swedish National Defence College from 1956 to 1985, and from 1994. Blazon: "Azure an erect sword surmounting an open chaplet of oak, or."[9]


The Swedish Defense College trace its lineage back to 1818 when the Higher Artillery School (Högre artilleriläroverket) in Marieberg was formed. Because the former Swedish Armed Forces Staff College was formed in 1961 by the service staff colleges, the Swedish Defense College thus has an unbroken lineage from the Higher Artillery School, the Royal Swedish Army Staff College, the Royal Swedish Naval Staff College, the Royal Swedish Air Force Staff College, the Swedish National Defence College, the Swedish Armed Forces Management College (Försvarets förvaltningshögskola, FörvHS), and the Swedish Armed Forces Staff College, and considers it their mission to look after this heritage. The original Marieberg clock, which stood in the yard at the Higher Artillery School in Marieberg in the 19th century, can today be found on the premises of the Swedish National Defense College on Drottning Kristinas väg.[10]


See also


  1. "Swedish Defence University". Swedish Defence University. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. 
  2. "Masters of all". Swedish Defence University. 
  3. "Publikationer" (in Swedish). Swedish Defence University. 
  4. "Militärhistorisk tidskrift" (in Swedish). Swedish Defence University. 
  5. Holmberg, Björn (1993) (in sv). Arméns regementen, skolor och staber: [en uppslagsbok] : en sammanställning. Arvidsjaur: Svenskt militärhistoriskt bibliotek (SMB). p. 61. ISBN 91-972209-0-6. 7796532. 
  6. "Militärhögskolan > Förteckning" (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. 
  7. "Försvarshögskolan flyttar till nya lokaler" (in Swedish). Swedish Defence University. 21 July 2005. 
  8. "Försvarshögskolans nya lokaler invigda av H.M. Konungen" (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. 
  9. Braunstein, Christian (2006) (in Swedish). Heraldiska vapen inom det svenska försvaret. Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 9. Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. p. 66. ISBN 91-971584-9-6. 10099224. 
  10. Munck af Rosenschöld, Sten, ed (2018) (in sv). Försvarshögskolan: från militär högskola till akademiskt lärosäte. Stockholm: Föreningen Försvarshögskolan. pp. 187, 195, 227. ISBN 9789188053800. fpq9z4dkc06kfjz0. 

Further reading

  • Lindstedt, Anneli, ed (2006) (in sv). Konst och traditionsföremål vid Försvarshögskolan. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan. ISBN 9185401595. 10399768. 
  • Munck af Rosenschöld, Sten, ed (2018) (in sv). Försvarshögskolan: från militär högskola till akademiskt lärosäte. Stockholm: Föreningen Försvarshögskolan. ISBN 9789188053800. fpq9z4dkc06kfjz0. 
  • Schröder, Yngve (1976) (in sv). Försvarshögskolans första år. Stockholm: Högsk.. 416544. 
  • Tornberg, Claes (1997) (in sv). Den nya Försvarshögskolan: en högskola för totalförsvaret. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan. 2353568. 
  • Westin, Bo, ed (1976) (in sv). Försvarshögskolan 1951-1976. Stockholm: Utg.. 197569. 

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