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Sverker John Olof Göranson
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Sverker Goranson.jpg
Born 3 May 1954(1954-05-03) (age 66)
Place of birth Lund, Malmöhus County, Sweden
Allegiance Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service 1977 - present
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Staff, Nordic Bn UNPROFOR, Bosnia - Deputy Bn Cmdr, Swebat IFOR, Bosnia - Deputy Bde Cmdr Southern Skåne Brigade - Bde Cmdr Life Guards Bde, Stockholm - Military & Assistant Defence Attaché, Washington D.C., USA - Assistant Chief for Defence planning & ops, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters - Chief of Staff Army, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters - Director Joint Staff, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters - Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
Awards Legion of Merit - United Nations Medal - NATO Medal

Sverker John Olof Göranson, born 3 May 1954 in Lund,[1][2] is a General of the Swedish Army with an armoured forces background and is the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces since 25 March 2009, when he succeeded Håkan Syrén.[3] Göranson was Inspector General of the Swedish Army from 2005 to 2007, and serves as the Commander of the Armed Forces Headquarters since 2007. In 1995, he was the chief of staff of the Nordic battalion within UNPROFOR in Bosnia.


Göranson's promotions:[1]

  • 1977 - Lieutenant
  • 1980 - Captain
  • 1984 - Major
  • 1993 - Lieutenant Colonel
  • 1997 - Colonel
  • 2003 - Brigadier General
  • 2005 - Major General
  • 2007 - Lieutenant General
  • 2009 - General


Military offices
Preceded by
General Håkan Syrén
Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
Succeeded by
Still in office

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