Tasks and activities

SGU is the government agency responsible for questions involving bedrock, soil and groundwater in Sweden. Our mission is to provide geological information to fit society’s needs, both in the short and the long term.

We collect and provide geological information

Industrial development is important for society to develop. We support this by collecting and providing geological information and and by providing expert assessments. Geological information is also an important foundation for making well-informed decisions in urban planning.

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We strengthen Swedish geological research

Geological research is the foundation that carries the earth sciences and their applications forward. Our contribution is to conduct research, provide support to universities and to take part in networks and collaboration projects. We also have the ambition to act as a bridge between research and the practical application of its results in society.

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We actively work to help reach Sweden’s environmental objectives

SGU is responsible for the national environmental quality objective "Good-Quality Groundwater ", which also includes reducing the use of natural gravel. SGU also contributes to the environmental objective "Non-Toxic Environment" by investigating and remediating contaminated sites in order to reduce the risks for human health and the environment. We also work with issues that are included in several other environmental objectives.

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Last reviewed 2023-03-10