Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy.

Responsible ministers

Ann Linde Minister for Foreign Affairs
Anna Hallberg Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs
Matilda Ernkrans Minister for International Development Cooperation

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • NATO members sign Accession Protocols for Sweden and Finland at North Atlantic Council meeting

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde standing at a table at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday 5 July 2022.
    Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday 5 July 2022. Photo: NATO

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde took part in the North Atlantic Council meeting on 5 July 2022 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where all NATO members signed the Accession Protocols for Sweden and Finland. This enables all the NATO members to proceed with the accession process and ratify the protocols in the next step towards Swedish and Finnish membership. Following ratification by the NATO members, Sweden’s accession will be referred to the Riksdag for approval. Sweden and Finland have Invitee status until the accession protocols have been ratified.

  • Anne Linde presents new 2022 Statement of Foreign Policy

    Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Hon har på sig blåa kläder och  står framför en grå vägg.
    Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

    On 10 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented a new Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This Statement of Foreign Policy is Ms Linde’s fourth as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  • The only way forward is to rewind our environmental impact

    Stockholm+50 is about accelerating urgent action – for people and planet. The countries of the world are now gathering in Stockholm to increase the pace and achieve the goals that have been agreed on in climate and environmental efforts. The aim is to tackle climate change, protect biodiversity and stop pollution, including plastic in the oceans. The only way forward is to rewind our environmental impact.

  • Formal request for NATO membership signed and presented

    • Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde signs Sweden’s formal request for NATO membership on 17 May.

      Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde signs Sweden’s formal request for NATO membership on 17 May.

      Photo: Frida Drake/Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    • presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May by Ambassadors Axel Wernhoff (Sweden) and Klaus Korhonen (Finland).

      The requests were presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May by Ambassadors Axel Wernhoff (Sweden) and Klaus Korhonen (Finland).

      Photo: NATO

    Sweden and Finland on Wednesday morning (18 May 2022) simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO.

  • Result of security policy discussions presented on 13 May

    On 16 March 2022, the Government decided to set up a working group to deliberate on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde led the deliberations. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist also took part.

    All parties represented in the Riksdag took part in the deliberations and were represented by the following members of the Riksdag: Kenneth G Forslund (Social Democratic Party), Hans Wallmark (Moderate Party), Pål Jonson (Moderate Party), Aron Emilsson (Sweden Democrats), Kerstin Lundgren (Centre Party), Håkan Svenneling (Left Party), Mikael Oscarsson (Christian Democrats), Allan Widman (Liberal Party) and Elisabeth Falkhaven (Green Party).

  • Sweden and Poland mobilised humanitarian support for Ukraine

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talk
    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talk during an International Donors' Conference for Ukraine in Warsaw on May 5, 2022. Photo: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/TT

    On 5 may more than SEK 60 billion in support was announced at a donor conference for Ukraine in Warsaw co-organised by Sweden and Poland together with the EU.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Photo: Frida Drake/Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    The Swedish Government’s stance is clear: support to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and a stronger Sweden. Sweden, the EU and many other countries are standing with Ukraine.

    Here you will find information about the Government’s work related to the security situation in Ukraine.

Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Hon har på sig blåa kläder och  står framför en grå vägg.
Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

Anne Linde presents new 2022 Statement of Foreign Policy

On 10 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented a new Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This Statement of Foreign Policy is Ms Linde’s fourth as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Foto: UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Feminist foreign policy

Gender equality is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls enjoy fundamental human rights is an obligation within our international commitments and prerequisite to achieving Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals – peace, security and sustainable development.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden.

Drive for Democracy

Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.

Illustration: UNEP

Stockholm+50

In June 2022 it was fifty years since the first United Nations conference on the human environment took place – the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The Government of Sweden hosted a UN, high-level meeting on 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate this anniversary. The aim was to contribute to accelerating a transformation that leads to sustainable and green economies, more jobs, and a healthy planet for all, where no one is left behind.

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