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Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for issues concerning Sweden’s military defence, coordination of civil defence and crisis preparedness, and protection against accidents. Its strategic planning includes international operations and security-building activities, which the agencies are instructed to implement and follow up.

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  • Sweden has taken part in NATO Summit for the first time as full member

    • U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      Photo: NATO

    • NATO Summit in Washington DC on 9–11 July 2024.

      NATO Summit in Washington DC on 9–11 July 2024.

      Photo: NATO

    • Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Keir Starmer.

      Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Keir Starmer.

      Photo: NATO

    • Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Defence Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.

      Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III.

      Photo: Tom Samuelsson/Government Offices

    • Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      Photo: NATO

    • NATO Summit in Washington DC on 9–11 July 2024.

      NATO Summit in Washington DC on 9–11 July 2024.

      Photo: NATO

    On 9–11 July, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson took part in the NATO Summit in Washington DC together with Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. The member states agreed on new support to Ukraine and measures to strengthen NATO’s capability for deterrence and defence. NATO also celebrated its 75th anniversary during the summit.

  • Sweden enters into partnership with the state of New York

    The four gentlemen holding the signed Letter of Intent.
    From left to right: Major General Raymond F. Shields with Marcos Soler, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety in the state of New York, and Sweden’s Minister for Defence Pål Jonson with Major General Johan Pekkari. Photo: Johan Hjelmstrand

    On 12 July, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson signed a Letter of Intent concerning security cooperation between Sweden and the U.S. state of New York. The cooperation will be mainly between the Swedish Armed Forces and the New York National Guard as part of the United States’ State Partnership Program (SPP).

Cover of Sweden's defence and security space strategy. Milky Way seen from a river.
Sweden's defence and security space strategy. Photo: David Björkén/Northern Panorama

The Government adopts Sweden's first defence and security space strategy

“With this strategy, we are strengthening the defence and security dimension of space policy so that Sweden is better postured to meet the challenges in space and to use space for defence and security,” says Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Defence Cooperation Agreement with the United States

The Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between Sweden and the US was adopted by the Riksdag on 18 June 2024. The Government submitted a bill on the issue to the Riksdag on 8 May 2024.

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices

Sweden’s national security – for a safer and more secure Sweden in uncertain times

The Government has adopted Sweden’s new national security strategy, which includes five guiding principles for management of Sweden’s security. It constitutes the framework for the Government’s work on national security until 2030.

Photo: NATO

Pål Jonson took part in meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

On 13–14 June, Pål Jonson took part in a meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels for the first time since Sweden became a full member of NATO. The agenda included discussions about NATO’s deterrence and defence capabilities and preparations ahead of the NATO Summit in Washington DC in July.

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