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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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  • Flag raising ceremonies were held at the Riksdag and Karlberg Palace

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    On Monday 18 March, Sweden’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was celebrated with flag raising ceremonies at the Riksdag and Karlberg Palace. HM The King, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Bydén took part in the ceremonies. At Karlberg Palace, an address was also delivered to the ambassadors of the NATO countries in Sweden.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Deeper defence cooperation between Sweden and Germany

On 5 March, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson received his German counterpart Boris Pistorius. During the visit, they discussed the security situation, current NATO and EU issues, support to Ukraine and bilateral defence cooperation. The defence ministers also signed a joint letter of intent on deeper cooperation between Sweden and Germany.

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

Hungary to purchase four Gripen aircraft from Sweden

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.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Government presents largest military support package to Ukraine to date

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.

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