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Area code 46 Common abbreviation S Last updated 30-11-2013
Road class Syntax explanation Administrative subordination Sub classes Zones System Remarks
European road E[0-9]<2-3>{(.[0-9]<2>)} Europe See Europe Exit numbers: sequential on certain motorway sections (e.g. E4 and E6)
National road (Riksväg) [0-9]<1-2>{.0[12]} national numbers are distributed over the country going from the south to the north
County road (Länsväg) [0-9]<3>{.0[12]} national Primary county road (Primär länsväg) numbers increase from 100 in the south to 404 in the north
([0-9]<3-4>{.0[1-6];.[1-3]}) county (län) Secondary county road (Sekundär länsväg) 500-3000
([3-9][0-9]<3>{.0[1-6];.[1-3]}) Tertiary county road (Tertiär länsväg) 3000-9999
General description:
There are only a few suffixed E numbers: E4.19, E4.23, E4.25, E4.26, E4.65, E6.01, E6.20, E6.21, E10.01, E18.20, E20.08, E20.09, E22.01, E22.03 and E22.08. These do not appear on signs and are for administration only.
European roads are also national roads, but they only have an E number.
Riksväg and primär länsväg suffixes are always either 01 or 02, but in Hjo (in Västra Götalands Län) there are two roads 195.1 and 195.3.
Sekundär länsväg numbers do not appear on signs. Suffixes are of the form .01, .02, ..., .06 but in Västra Götalands Län they have a single digit .1, .2 or .3.
Road signs: blue. European roads do not have national numbers, but if a national road locally has the same route as a European road, both appear on signs. Suffixed numbers and numbers over 404 do not appear on signs.
Picture by Bernd Steinert
 
History: In the old system from 1945, E roads also had a national number. Main roads had numbers 1-14, numbers 20-28 were used on Gotland, and numbers 30-400 were used for other roads (with numbers increasing further to the north). The new system was introduced in 1962.
In 1990, together with the introduction of new E numbers, some national numbers were also changed. The most important change was the new main road 45, which appeared as E45 on some maps. The 'real' E45 should have been the Norwegian E6, but this remained the E6 (which, with some imagination, fits into the new system). Later, some roads in the north were renumbered: 391 became 98 and 400 became 99. The road number change of the 1960's did not affect all roads: especially in the north, many numbers still fitted the system (the lower class number range was changed from 30-400 to 100-404, so numbers in the 300 series could be retained).
In 2007, some more numbers were changed: for example, 33 became 40, which was continued along 31, and 23 was continued north to Linköping. See also http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riksv%C3%A4g#Nummersystem_och_historia for details.

Overview (some changes occurred some years earlier or later):
Route 1946-1962 1962-1990 1990-2007 2007-2013 Remarks
Main roads 1-14 in the 1946 system
Helsingborg Stockholm 1 E4 E4 E4
Halden Trelleborg 2 E6 E6 E6
Helsingborg Strövelstorp 3 - 1758 1758 Downgraded when E4/E6 motorway was opened
Malmö Norrköping 4 15 E22 E22
Göteborg Jönköping 5 40 40 40
Göteborg Södertälje 6 E3 E20 E20
Göteborg Valnäsmotet 7 45 E45 E45
Valnäsmotet Grums 7 E18 E18 E18
Hallsberg Ödeshög 8 50 50 50
Töcksfors Örebro 9 E18 E18 E18 New route around Grums
Örebro Borlänge 10 60 60 50
Borlänge Falun 10 60 60 E16 E16 from 2012
Falun Gävle 10 80 80 E16 E16 from 2012
Arboga Enköping 11 E18 E18 E18
Mora Enköping 12 70 70 70
Enköping Stockholm 12 E18 E18 E18
Stockholm Haparanda 13 E4 E4 E4
Storlien Sundsvall 14 E75 E14 E14
Other roads
Trelleborg Ystad 31 10 9 9
Ystad Simrishamn 31 103 9 9 direct route
Ystad Simrishamn 32 10 1017-1003-1501 1017-1003-1501 via Borby
Simrishamn Brösarp 32 10 9 9
Riksgränsen Kiruna - - E10 E10
Kiruna Svappavaara 396 98 E10 E10
Svappavaara Gällivare 343 98 E10, 45 E10, E45 E45 from 2006
Gällivare Töre 386 98 E10 E10
Malmö Simrishamn 41 12 11 11
Mo I Rana Umeå 361 E79 E12 E12
Ängelholm Klippan 61 113 13 13
Klippan Ljungbyhed 61 19 13 13
Ljungbyhed Röstånga 54 19, 108 13, 108 13, 108
Röstånga Stockamöllan 60 19 13 13
Stockamöllan Höör 60 105 13 13
Höör Hörby 60 13 13 13
Hörby Ystad 36 13 13 13
Norway Rv200 Torsby - - 239 E16
Torsby Malung 234 234 45 E45, E16 E45 from 2006, E16 from 2012
Malung Björbo 250 71 71 E16 E16 from 2012
Björbo Djurås 246 71 71 E16 E16 from 2012
Djurås Borlänge 12 70 70 70, E16 E16 from 2012
Osby Kristianstad 73 20 19 19
Kristianstad Ystad 40 20 19 19
Astorp Kristianstad 62 21 21 21
Linköping Målilla 121 34 34 23, 34
Målilla Åseda - - 138 23
Åseda Eke - - 23 23, 37
Eke Växjö 114 23 23 23, 37
Växjö Grimslöv 91 23 23 23
Grimslöv Osby 73 23 23 23
Osby Hässleholm 71 23 23 23
Hässleholm Gudmuntorp 56 23 23 23
Mellbystrand Örkelljunga 65 24 24 24
Örkelljunga Hässleholm 63 24 24 24
Halmstad Ljungby 90 25 25 25
Ljungby Nybro 91 25 25 25
Nybro Kalmar 91 25, 31 25 25
Mora Johannisholm 242 242 45, 64 E45, 26
Johannisholm Filipstad 242 242 64 26
Filipstad Kristinehamn 242 64 64 26
Kristinehamn Mariestad 203 64 64 26
Mariestad Utvängstorp 192 48 48 26
Utvängstorp Jönköping 186 47,48 47, 48 26, 47
Jönköping Halmstad 101 26 26 26
Värnamo Alvesta 113 27 27 27
Alvesta Växjö 113 25, 27 25, 27 25, 27 New road ca. 1973
Växjö Ingelstad 82 30 30 27
Ingelstad Ronneby 80 30 30 27
Lenhovda Karlskrona 83 123 28 28
Tingsryd Karlshamn 76 29 29 29
Jönköping Växjö 82 30 30 30
Jönköping Nässjö 131 31, 33 31 31, 40, 47
Nässjö Vetlanda 120 31 31 31, 47
Vetlanda Lenhovda 83 31 31 31
Lenhovda Nybro 115 31 31 31
Motala Vetlanda 83 32 32 32
Motala Linköping 210 36 36 34
Målilla Bockara 121 34 34 34
Bockara Högsby 121 23, 34 23, 34 34, 37
Högsby Ålem 121 34 34 34
Linköping Överum 136 35 35 35
Överum Gamleby - - - 35 35 from 2002
Överum Lofta 136 35 35 872
Åseda Fagerhult 120 125 23, 125 37, 125
Fagerhult Högsby - 23 23 37
Bockara Oskarshamn 122 23 23 37
Nässjö Västervik 131 33 33 40 New route east of Vimmerby from ca. 1974
Johannisholm Grums 234 234 45 E45 E45 from 2006
Valbo Heby 254 254 57 56
Heby Sala 254 72 57 56, 72
Sala Västerås 254 67 57 56
Dingtuna Kvicksund 252 58 53 56
Kvicksund Eskilstuna 251 58 53 56
Kungsor Katrineholm 215 56 56 56
Katrineholm Norrköping 215 55 55 55, 56
Björbo Ludvika 250 247 247 247
Ludvika Fagersta 250 65 66 66
Fagersta Ramnäs 251 65 66 66
Ramnäs Västerås 253 65 66 66
Karesuando Övertorneå 400 400 400 99
Övertorneå Haparanda 400 99 400 99
Sources and links: Various maps and atlases

    Official sites:
  1. Vägverket
  2. Road construction
  3. Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute
    Other links:
  4. Motormännens Riksförbund
  5. E4
  6. E6
  7. E16 extension
  8. E22 Trafikverket
  9. Road signs
  10. Riksväg Wikipedia
  11. Map with old road numbers (1960)
  12. Motorways and expressways in Sweden
  13. Motorway construction projects
  14. Old national numbers
  15. Other pages within this site:
  16. Europe
  17. Road sign colours
Marcel Monterie
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