Swedish Military Interpreter School

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Group.png Swedish Military Interpreter School  
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HeadquartersUppsala, Sweden
InterestsSweden/Deep state
Its alumni are deep state operatives placed around society

The Swedish Military Interpreter School (Swedish: Försvarets tolkskola; TolkS) is a prestigious and demanding joint armed forces language school within the Swedish Armed Forces, especially training students in Russian.

The alumni form an elitist group in Swedish society. Many having high positions, they stick together socially and form a strong deep state network, and also keep up the ties to the militarily and intelligence services.


The school has operated in various forms since 1957. The school's staff is located in Uppsala Garrison in Uppsala.

The military interpreter training at the school, since 2011, is a specialist officer training for reserve officers over a total of one and a half years. The education begins with basic military training, and then follows a preparatory officer course, with a focus on officer skills. The basic training is normally assigned to another military unit.[1] After completing basic training, position training begins at the Armed Forces Intelligence and Security Centre in Uppsala, where they receive an intensive 18 months course in Russian. The cadets also receive civilian higher education credits for the language studies.[2][3]

Ever since the beginning in 1957, soldiers/conscripts and now officers have been trained in Russian. During the educational years 2006-2008, new conscription training in Arabic and Persian (Dari) was started, while the teaching materials in Russian were modernized.[2] Up until 2003, conscripts were also trained in Russian at the Defense Radio Institute (FRA). The first woman graduated from the Interpreting School in 1999.


  • Arabic, Russian or French for military interpreters - SOU/R (18 months)[4]
  • Russian for the National Defense - GU Interrogator (11.5 months)
  • Albanian and Serbian for the Foreign Force in Kosovo (5 weeks)
  • The Iranian language Dari for the Swedish troops in Afghanistan (5 weeks)
  • Cultural understanding (1 week)

Some alumni

Former students at TolkS are considered to be highly likely to go on to be influential, producing an exclusive social network of actors holding power positions such as ambassadors and other diplomatic positions, businessmen, politicians and professorships.[5]

The alumni stick together socially and form a strong network even after the studies. There is a peer association for former interpreter school students, by the name of Befälsföreningen Militärtolkar.[6], which works to keep the contact between the interpreters alive even after the training. It has close to 400 members and arranges courses and lectures as well as publishes a member magazine. The former interpreters always react strongly to accusations that they constitute some kind of cult or secret network.[7]


  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20160813152812/http://jobb.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/vagen-in/utbildningsstarter/gmu/?start=2017-01-09#a=active&tab=startdate&d2017-01-09=2017-01-09
  2. a b Susanne Högdahl (2008). Sven-Åke Haglund. red. Ryskan ut... efter 50 år. Insats & Försvar (Försvarsmakten) (4): sid. 11. 1652-3571.
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20091229113014/http://www.militartolkar.org/filarkiv/vn070918.pdf
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20210419140243/https://jobb.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/utbildning/befattningsguiden/officers-befattningar/militartolk/
  5. Bolander, Hans. 1991. Maktens okända plantskola. Skolbänks- militärerna går raka vägen till UD. Expressen, 1991-02-20
  6. https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1390451/FULLTEXT01.pdf
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20091229113003/http://www.militartolkar.org/cpg1410/albums/ovrigt/di021028_1.pdf
  8. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf Orton, Frank, & Sven-Ivan Sundqvist, red (2011). Sigge och hans 1000 elever: Tolkskolan i Uppsala 1957-1989. Stockholm: SIS ägarservice
  9. Berglöfs hemsida på Handelshögskolan Archived August 3, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. http://www-2.iies.su.se/~lcalmfor/position.htm
  11. a b c d Susanne Högdahl (2008). Sven-Åke Haglund. red. ”Ryskan ut... efter 50 år”. Insats & Försvar (Försvarsmakten) (4): sid. 11. 1652-3571.
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20071020192545/http://www.varnpliktsnytt.se/reportage.php?id=3636&datum=2007-09-18