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Minister of Defence attended multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18

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On 24 April, Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the ongoing multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18 in Uppsala. Viking 18 is the world’s largest exercise of its kind and gathers 2 500 participants from over 60 countries.

Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist at the exercise Viking 18 in Uppsala
Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist at the exercise Viking 18 in Uppsala. Photo: Marinette Nyh Radebo/Government Officies

The aim of Viking 18 is to promote mutual understanding, confidence, co-operation and interoperability among all contributing and affected forces, organisations and personnel by training and educating civilian and military participants to meet the challenges of current and future multidimensional crisis response and peace operations. This includes planning and conducting a UN mandated Chapter VII peace operation in an unstable environment, focusing on co-operation and co-ordination between all relevant actors.

The exercise is led from Sweden and conducted from sites in Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Serbia.