Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for Sweden’s military defence and its support agencies. Its strategic planning includes international operations and security-building activities, which the agencies are instructed to implement and follow up.

Responsible minister

Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

News from Ministry of Defence

  • The Government of Sweden tasks the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Misiter for Defence Peter Hultqvist visiting the UN Mission in Mali 2016
    Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visiting the UN Mission in Mali 2016. Photo: Swedish Defence Force

    On 25 January the Swedish government decided to task the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence. Sweden is responding to a sought after need within the UN and will thereby continue to be an active partner for gender equality and its development within the UN system.

  • The transatlantic link in focus at the security conference Snow Meeting

    From left: left Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, Edgars Rinkevics Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Hultqvist Swedish Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik Estonian Minister of Defence and Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis.
    Peter Hultqvist together with Paul Richard Gallagher, Edgars Rinkevics, Linas Linkevičius, Jüri Luik and Raimundas Karoblis. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

    On 11-12 January the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, took part in the security conference Snow Meeting in Trakai, west of Vilnius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, hosted the conference.

Budget 2018: Increased military capabilities and enhanced total defence

In its Budget Bill for 2018, the Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 2.7 billion to Sweden’s total defence, of which SEK 2.3 billion for military defence and SEK 0.4 billion for civil defence.

The Swedish Defence Bill 2016-2020

Thursday, April 23, the Government proposed a Defence Bill 2016-2020 for the Parliament. The defence bill is based on a broad political agreement between five parties; the Social Democratic Party, Moderate Party, Green Party, Centre Party and Christian Democrats.

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

In the autumn of 2013, Sweden and Finland announced their intent to deepen their defence cooperation.

Swedish Defence Commission

The Defence Commission is a forum for consultation between the government and representatives of the political parties in Riksdag.

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