UKÄ is an independent government agency in Sweden. Its operations comprise three main areas:
UKÄ’s operations are laid down in the instructions issued by the Government. These instructions define its areas of responsibility and the tasks to be undertaken. However, UKÄ takes decisions and applies the law independently. Each year the Government issues a public service agreement that specifies the targets and the funding for these operations. The Government also assigns on-going tasks during the year, which are referred to as government assignments.