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Civil Emergency Preparedness

Ensuring our security also requires preparedness to deal with crises, advanced protection against accidents, and civil defence. Emergency preparedness encompasses both the local and national levels and extends across all sectors of society.

Military Defence

Military defence helps us to achieve our security objectives. The Swedish Armed Forces, with their unique armed combat capabilities, play a key role here. To this end, there are soldiers and sailors who are active both within and outside Sweden's borders.

Areas of responsibility

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for Sweden's

- Military Defence and,
- Civil Emergency Preparedness.

These areas are cornerstones of our country's security and lay the foundation for our wellbeing.

Brochure about the Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for Sweden's defence and civil emergency preparedness. These areas are cornerstones of our country's security and lay the foundation for our wellbeing.

Linked to this article is a short presentation of the areas of responsibility and organisation of the Swedish Ministry of Defence.

The Armed Forces may order 60 Gripen E

The Swedish government has decided on the procurement of 60 JAS 39 E to the Swedish Armed Forces. The decision was taken with strong parliamentary approval. The Swedish Riksdag approved the government's proposal December 11.

Minister for Defence Karin Enström and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Karin Enström new Minister for Defence

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has today, Wednesday 18 April, appointed Karin Enström as Minister for Defence and head of the Ministry of Defence. Karin Enström will take up her post with immediate effect. Karin Enström comes from Vaxholm and was formerly a captain in the Swedish Amphibious Corps. Most recently she has been Member of the Riksdag where she has chaired the Committee on Foreign Affairs. She has previously served on the Riksdag Committee on Defence.

Sten Tolgfors resigns

As of today, the 29th of March, Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors resigns his position. Sten Tolgfors will return to the Swedish Parliament as the MP for his constituency Örebro.

International summit in Örebro on 15-16 November

On Tuesday 15 November and Wednesday 16 November, defence ministers and representatives of 13 countries - Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA - are meeting in Örebro to discuss common security issues and increased cooperation on defence.

Sweden currently chairs the Nordic Defence Cooperation (Nordefco) and is thus hosting three different meetings during the two days at Örebro Castle. There will be a Nordic defence minister meeting, a Nordic-Baltic meeting and a meeting of the Northern Group, which comprises most countries in northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic. The USA will also participate within the framework of Nordic-Baltic cooperation.

"It is great that Örebro can host the largest meeting of defence ministers in Sweden for a very long time, apart from during the Presidency of the EU. Regional cooperation in our region is very dynamic, which is something other European countries examine when they develop regional cooperation of their own," says Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors.

On Tuesday 15 November, there will be a Nordic and a Nordic-Baltic meeting of defence ministers, as well as a dinner followed by a meeting of the Nordic-Baltic countries and the USA. In addition to Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors, also participating in the three meetings are Norwegian defence minister Grete Faremo, Finnish defence minister Stefan Wallin, Danish defence minister Nick Haekkerup, Estonian defence minister Mart Laar, Latvian defence minister Artis Pabriks, and Lithuanian defence minister Rasa Jukneviciene. Iceland is being represented by Ambassador Gunnar Gunnarsson. From the USA, Assistant Secretary of Defence Alexander Vershbow is participating.

Among the issues that the Nordic ministers will discuss are increased defence cooperation and the possibility of increasing the capability and efficiency of armed forces through pooling and sharing. The possibility of increased Nordic cooperation in Afghanistan and veteran soldier issues will also be discussed.

The Nordic-Baltic meeting will continue to deal with enhanced cooperation on defence and veteran issues, discuss the opportunities of the armed forces to support civilian crisis management, and new threats and challenges that relate to IT security and energy security. In the meeting between the Nordic-Baltic countries and the USA, the security situation in Europe and defence reforms will be discussed.

On Wednesday 16 November, the ministers in the Northern Group will meet, during which Polish State Secretary Zbigniew Wlosowicz, UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond, Netherlands Minister of Defence Hans Hillen, and State Secretary Christian Schmidt of Germany will also participate. Topics for discussion include defence and security policy developments and issues related to how increased defence capability can be delivered via increased cooperation.

The Swedish Navy in the Gulf of Aden.

How will the Swedish Presidency take the EU defence policy further?

One of the EU objectives is to work for international peace and security. Consequently, the EU is cooperating in various ways in this area, including the capacity to implement joint operations, both military and civilian.
The Swedish Presidency will continue to develop the EU crisis management capability.

To learn more about the priorities of the Swedish Presidency, click on the link below.

How will the Swedish Presidency take the EU defence policy further?

One of the EU objectives is to work for international peace and security. Consequently, the EU is cooperating in various ways in this area, including the capacity to implement joint operations, both military and civilian.
The Swedish Presidency will continue to develop the EU crisis management capability.

To learn more about the priorities of the Swedish Presidency, click on the link below.