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

  • Seminar: Defying hate and threats against women journalists

    In the spirit of the 250th anniversary of the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act, the Swedish MFA, the Fojo Media Institute/Linnæus University, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO celebrated with an event on December 2nd paying tribute to all women journalists who defy hate speech and threats.

  • Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Government Offices of Sweden

    Stopping men's violence against women is a priority issue for Sweden's feminist government. The Government has therefore presented a national strategy to prevent and combat men's violence against women. Today is the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and we take the opportunity to repeat these messages.

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 in the UN Security Council

On 28 June this year, Sweden was elected by a wide margin as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017–2018 term. In 2017 Sweden will take its seat on the Security Council with the five permanent members – China, France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States – and the nine other non-permanent members. Sweden will hold the presidency of the Security Council in January 2017, the first month of its two-year term.

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