Defence

This policy area deals with the military defence sector and coordination with the civil defence sector, and with issues concerning the national total defence service. The area also includes bilateral and multilateral defence and defence equipment cooperation, admission to Swedish territory, defence intelligence operations and communications security.

Responsible for defence

Responsible minister

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

Responsible ministry

News about defence

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On 8 January, Prime Minister presented a national security strategy at the Folk och Försvar Annual National Conference in Sälen. Photo: Jonatan Holst/Government Offices of Sweden

“Sweden’s security must be seen in a broader perspective”

On 8 January, Prime Minister presented a national security strategy at the Folk och Försvar Annual National Conference in Sälen. For the first time, a Swedish Government is presenting a comprehensive account of security in a broad sense. The security strategy proceeds from our security objectives, determines the direction and sets the framework for the work needed to safeguard our security and to place the common resources where they do the most good.

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

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

Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016 to 2020

It is vital that Sweden’s defence and security policy rests on a broad political consensus.

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.

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