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

  • Total defence receives SEK 500 million in additional funding

    In the spring budget, the Government has proposed extra funding to strengthen total defence this year. The Government is allocating an additional SEK 500 million to the Swedish Armed Forces and Sweden’s total defence capability in 2017.

  • Sweden re-activates conscription

    The Armed Forces is planning for 4 000 recruits annually in basic military training in 2018 and 2019
    The Armed Forces is planning for 4 000 recruits annually in basic military training in 2018 and 2019. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces

    The Swedish government has decided to re-activate conscription from January 1 2018.

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.

Inquiry report on equipment and logistics provision to the Swedish Armed Forces

The Inquiry proposes that activities in the Defence Materiel Administration relating to the operation and maintenance of equipment be transferred to the Swedish Armed Forces. This will thereby create a cohesive war organisation with associated logistics resources at the Swedish Armed Forces.

Research and development in area of defence needs to be strengthened says Inquiry

On 15 December, the Government’s Inquiry Chair Björn von Sydow presented his report ‘Research and development in the area of defence’ to the Government.

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