Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy.

Responsible ministers

Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Ann Linde Minister for EU Affairs and Trade

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Press briefing with Federica Mogherini and Margot Wallström

    On Monday 10 October, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström received High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini for talks. Agenda items included the war in Syria, regional security and the EU global strategy for foreign and security policy. During Ms Mogherini’s visit, media representatives were invited to a press briefing, which also was webcasted on the Government’s website.

  • Statement from the Minister for Foreign Affairs regarding the report on Sweden's international defence and security policy cooperation

    The report contains a review of bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation in the area of defence and security policy. This includes cooperation with Finland, the Nordic and Nordic–Baltic cooperation forums and the EU, the OSCE, the UN and NATO. The inquiry’s terms of reference did not include evaluating non-participation in military alliances.

Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Humanitarian year 2016

Humanitarian needs in the world are increasing. At the same time, more and new types of crises and disasters have hampered response efforts in a situation in which humanitarian resources are already limited. Humanitarian issues are the focus of aid and development policy in 2016.

Photo: The Government Offices of Sweden

Statement of Foreign Policy 2016

The foreign policy debate is held in the Riksdag each year and traditionally begins with the Minister for Foreign Affairs presenting the Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs.

Margot Wallström presenterade Utrikesdeklarationen 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the Statement of Foreign Policy 2015 Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/The Swedish Parliament

Feminist foreign policy

Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.

Photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden for the UN Security Council 2017–2018

Sweden is a candidate for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2017–2018. Our candidacy for the Security Council is an expression of our readiness to take responsibility for promoting peace, security and sustainable development.

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