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28 February 2022

The Swedish Psychological Defence Agency is a government agency organised under the Ministry of Justice. Its headquarters are located in Karlstad with an additional office in Solna north of Stockholm. The agency is led by Director General Henrik Landerholm. 

Organization 

The Swedish Psychological Defence Agency is organised in three departments: 

Administration Department 

Provides administrative and technical support for the entire agency in areas such as human resources, budgetary, strategic planning, legal affairs, facilities, security, and communication. 

Operations Department 

Identifies, analyses and counters foreign malign information influence activities and other disinformation directed at Sweden or at Swedish interests. This includes producing reports and analysis relating to certain situations, threat actors, and societal vulnerabilities as well as proposing relevant countermeasures. In collaboration with other government agencies, the department also develops methods and technologies for identifying and countering foreign malign information influence activities.

Capability Development Department  

Develops and strengthens the overall societal capability in terms of psychological defence. This includes providing support to the Swedish population, government agencies, municipalities, the media, voluntary defence organisations, and civil society in general, as well as enabling increased coordination between these actors. Other key tasks include training, exercises and knowledge development, for example initiating and funding research related to psychological defence.

Advisory board 

The board is appointed by the Government and tasked with advising the Director General and ensuring agency transparency. The Swedish Psychological Defence Agency is headed by Director General Henrik Landerholm, who also chairs the Advisory Board.

Executive group 

The executive group includes Director General Henrik Landerholm and the department heads.