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.

News from Ministry of Defence

  • Sweden and NATO

    Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Swedish Armed Forces

    26 February 2024, the Hungarian National Assembly voted yes on Sweden’s NATO application. On 16 May 2022 the Government, with broad support in the Riksdag, decided to apply for NATO membership. On 5 July 2022, all NATO member countries signed the Accession Protocol for Sweden. Sweden is now gradually being integrated into NATO’s political and military structures.

  • Hungary to purchase four Gripen aircraft from Sweden

    JAS 39 Gripen in the skies.
    JAS 39 Gripen. Photo: Johan Lundahl/Swedish Armed Forces

    On 23 February, Sweden and Hungary entered into an agreement under which Hungary will purchase four new Gripen aircraft from Sweden. The agreement was signed when Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson visited Budapest.

  • Government presents largest military support package to Ukraine to date

    Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

    On 20 February, the Government presented the 15th and largest military support package to Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on 24 February 2022. Package 15 amounts to SEK 7.1 billion in current prices.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Expansion of successful training package for Ukrainian military

The Swedish Government has given the Swedish Armed Forces a framework mandate to carry out and take part in military training of Ukrainian citizens in 2024. Ukraine has greatly appreciated the training support Sweden has provided thus far. Ongoing training activities are now being extended, with the possibility to supplement previous training initiatives with additional activities.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Folk och Försvars annual national conference in Sälen

7–9 January, Folk och Försvar's annual national conference was held in Sälen. The conference is a meeting place for the Swedish security and defence policy community. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson participated at the conference together with Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin.

A swedish and an american flag blows in the wind with trees in the background.
The Swedish and the American flag. Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Defence Cooperation Agreement with the US signed

Represented by Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Sweden and the US have signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). This means that the countries have agreed on the conditions for US forces to operate in Sweden.

Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Försvarsmakten

Sweden's support to Ukraine

Since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sweden has provided military, humanitarian and civil support to support Ukraine. Since February 2022, Sweden contributed approximately SEK 37 billion (approx. EUR 3,2 billion*) to various initiatives that support Ukraine (20 February 2024). Together with the EU, Sweden has also adopted macroeconomic support and several sanctions packages against Russia.

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