The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) is a lobby, service and employer organization, and represents the interests of all the 290 Swedish municipalities, the 18 county councils and two regions that are members of the Association.

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SALAR) promotes local self-governance and regional and local democracy and its activities are mostly financed by annual member fees.

The Association is a member of Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and is considered to be one of the strongest associations of its kind. This is due to long tradition of decentralization and a recognition of the local political level in the Swedish constitution from which follows assignments of significant responsibilities and functions to deliver welfare services.

SALAR is by international comparison one of the strongest associations of its kind. This is a result of Swedish traditions and of decentralization where local authorities are assigned significant responsibilities and functions at local and regional level.

SALAR’s position in combination with the association’s broad spectrum of expertise through its secretariat of 450 employees provide a solid base for SKL International in its capacity building support to local authority associations in transition or developing countries.

SALAR’s Swedish acronym is SKL, which stands for Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting.