Areas of responsibility of the Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence seeks to fulfil the objectives the Government and Riksdag (Swedish parliament) have set for defence policy, protection and preparedness against accidents and preparedness for severe peacetime emergencies. The Ministry's areas of responsibility are listed here.

  • Military Defence

    Sweden's defence must be well-prepared to be able to defend the country, but also to contribute to stability in the surrounding world. This requires a defence system that is adapted to today's threats and to the rapid sequences of events in which conflicts arise and are determined. This requires an operational defence that is functional and available. The Government is therefore establishing a new focus for Swedish defence, a focus that will provide a significantly stronger defence capability.

  • Security policy

    Sweden works in many different ways to promote peace, secure societies and international cooperation around the Baltic Sea, in Europe and in the world. Sweden's security policy aims at preserving Sweden's liberty and national independence, contributing to stability and security in our vicinity and strengthening international peace and security.

  • Civil Crisis Preparedness

    Severe emergencies can be described as extreme situations of various types, which may originate in an accident, a natural disaster or an act of sabotage, and develop to encompass a number of different areas of society. This situation means that serious disruptions occur in major public services or that fundamental values in society are threatened.

  • The policy area "Protection against accidents" comprises measures to prevent accidents and to limit the consequences when accidents do occur. The term "accidents" here includes both accidents caused by human agency and natural disasters in which people, property or the environment can come to harm.

  • International cooperation

    The international commitment is one of the most important tasks of the Swedish total defence. International peace support and humanitarian operations are channels through which we help to make the world a safer place.

  • International law: the laws of war

    The Ministry of Defence is responsible for introducing the rules of international humanitarian law in Sweden, i.e. the parts of international law that are applicable in the event of armed conflict.