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 Ministrys areas of responsibility are listed here.

  • Protection and preparation against accidents

    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.

  • 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.

  • Security policy in the field of defence

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

  • Security policy developments in Europe since the end of the cold war have led to substantially increased international contacts in the Ministry of Defences field over the past few years. This applies not only to military and civil defence, but also to other agencies answerable to the Ministry of Defence.

  • International operations

    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.

  • Intelligence issues

    Defence intelligence activities must be undertaken to identify external military threats against this country and to support Swedish foreign, defence and security policy.

  • Gender equality and diversity

    Gender equality and diversity help to raise standards in organisations. An employer must attract the most competent staff without excluding women, persons with a foreign background or persons with a particular sexual preference.

  • 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.