SFV - a History
The path that leads to the National Property Board Sweden is a long one with splits and mergers of variuos public authorities along the way. Responsability for the Crown's ( i.e. the King's and the State's) property has always been shared among many different bodies.
The National Property Board Sweden (Statens fastighetsverk, SFV)
is the public authority responsible for managing the majority of
Sweden's state-owned built cultural heritage: palaces and fortifications,
government buildings, museums, theatres, embassies
and parks, royal demesnes, military residences, official residences
and country estates. In short, our greatest feats of
architecture. So how did these buildings and this land come to
be in our care? To answer that, we have to take a look at a long
and winding story that takes us back to Sweden's emergence
as a nation.
Sweden's history fits quite neatly into divisions by century, if
we take the liberty of adding and taking away the odd decade
here and there. This is the approach we use in this review of
what the state has built. Or rather: how the buildings that the
National Property Board now manages came about and how
they were previously looked after.