Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for Sweden’s military defence and its support agencies. Its strategic planning includes international operations and security-building activities, which the agencies are instructed to implement and follow up.

Responsible minister

Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

News from Ministry of Defence

  • Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist signs trilateral Statement of Intent

    Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Finland’s Minister for Defence Jussi Niinistö
    Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Finland’s Minister for Defence Jussi Niinistö outside the US Department of Defence. Photo: Monica Enqvist/Government Officies

    Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist met on May 8th 2018 with United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Finland’s Minister for Defence Jussi Niinistö in Washington to sign a trilateral Statement of Intent (SOI).

  • Proposal on a new Act on operational military support between Sweden and Finland

    Inquiry Chair Ingvar Åkesson and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
    The Government’s Inquiry Chair Ingvar Åkesson presented on April 27 the Inquiry on legal regulation of the defence cooperation with Finland (SOU 2018:31) to the Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Mikael Kiesbye/Government Offices

    The Inquiry on legal regulation of the defence cooperation with Finland proposes that the Government should be given powers to take certain decisions on providing and receiving military support within the framework of the Swedish–Finnish defence cooperation.

Budget 2018: Increased military capabilities and enhanced total defence

In its Budget Bill for 2018, the Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 2.7 billion to Sweden’s total defence, of which SEK 2.3 billion for military defence and SEK 0.4 billion for civil defence.

The Swedish Defence Bill 2016-2020

Thursday, April 23, the Government proposed a Defence Bill 2016-2020 for the Parliament. The defence bill is based on a broad political agreement between five parties; the Social Democratic Party, Moderate Party, Green Party, Centre Party and Christian Democrats.

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

In the autumn of 2013, Sweden and Finland announced their intent to deepen their defence cooperation.

Swedish Defence Commission

The Defence Commission is a forum for consultation between the government and representatives of the political parties in Riksdag.

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