One key task is to meet society's need for geological information.

SGU is also responsible for the Good-Quality Groundwater objective, which also involves reducing the use of natural gravel.

Important tasks are:

  • Supporting the development of the mining, rock and mineral industry
  • Promoting the use of geological information in societal planning
  • Uniting and strengthening geological research in Sweden
  • Bringing geology and geological knowledge to the fore in social debate and in schools

The Mining Inspectorate is a separate decision-making body within SGU. It is responsible for issuing permits for minerals exploration and extraction under the Minerals Act (1991:45).

Mining Inspectorate of Sweden (new window)

SGU currently has some 250 employees, of whom most work at our headquarters in Uppsala. Others are stationed at our regional offices in Gothenburg, Lund, Stockholm, Malå, and also Luleå (Mining Inspectorate). Our annual turnover is around SEK 340 million.