The Minister of Defence of the Netherlands visited Stockholm

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received his Dutch colleague Ank Bijleveld-Schouten in Stockholm on 24 May. The ministers discussed bilateral defence relations and the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, among other themes.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and his Dutch colleague Ank Bijleveld-Schouten
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received his Dutch colleague Ank Bijleveld-Schouten at Kastellholmen in Stockholm. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Officies of Sweden

The Netherlands and Sweden have had diplomatic relations since the 17th century and participate in several multilateral cooperation in the defense field. Both countries are part of the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and the Security and the defence policy forum, the Northern Group, which conducts meetings at the defence ministerial level twice a year.

The countries also cooperate in international efforts within the framework of the UN and the EU, such as the ongoing EU operation Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia in east Africa.

- Sweden and the Netherlands are closely linked in several defence issues. This was also noted in the meeting, when we discussed a number of areas to develop further and questions to pursue, not least within the EU, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said after the meeting.