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.
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Permanent Secretaries meeting in Luleå within the framework of the Swedish chairmanship of NORDEFCO
State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind hosted the Nordic permanent secretaries meeting that was held in Luleå on 23–24 May within the framework of the Swedish chairmanship of NORDEFCO. The agenda included information about national defence plans, international cooperation and total defence. In connection with the meeting, the state secretaries visited the Arctic Challenge Exercise.
The Swedish Defence Commission presents its white book on Sweden’s security policy and the development of its military defence
On Tuesday, 14 May 2019, the Swedish Defence Commission presented its final report, Defensive power – Sweden’s Security Policy and the Development of its Military Defence 2021-2025 to Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist.
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.
Development of modern total defence
The total defence includes all activities preparing the society for war and consists of both civil and military defence. When the Government has declared raised or highest level of alert the total defence includes all societal activities.
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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and India’s Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman to sign security protection agreement
During a ceremony in Stockholm, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and India’s Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman will sign a security protection agreement between Sweden and India.
New state secretaries at the Government Offices
The Government today appointed 31 state secretaries at the Government Offices. Former state secretaries have been dismissed from their positions. Most of the state secretaries have previously held corresponding positions at the Government Offices.
· Press release from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Ann Linde, Anna Ekström , Ardalan Shekarabi, Åsa Lindhagen, Hans Dahlgren, Ibrahim Baylan, Isabella Lövin, Jennie Nilsson, Lena Hallengren, Magdalena Andersson, Margot Wallström, Matilda Ernkrans, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Peter Eriksson, Peter Hultqvist, Stefan Löfven, Tomas Eneroth, Ylva Johansson, Government, Government Offices, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
Sweden assumes Chairmanship of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) in 2019
In 2019 Sweden holds the chairmanship of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). During the year, the Nordic ministers of Defence will conduct two ministerials and several meetings will be held on political and military levels. Sweden’s priorities during its chairmanship will cover enhanced military cooperation as well as facilitation of armaments cooperation. In 2019 the Nordic countries also celebrates 10 years of defence cooperation within the NORDEFCO format.
Government agencies and authorities respond to effects of drought and heat
Rescue services, government agencies and local authorities are engaged in intensive efforts in response to the forest fires raging around the country, the widespread drought and the ongoing heat wave. More information about these efforts is available below. Crisis preparedness is part of the remit of every government agency and authority.
Continued intensive efforts in response to the dry, hot summer
The prolonged heat and drought have impacted many sectors of society. There have been numerous forest fires, the agricultural sector has been severely affected by the drought and groundwater levels have dropped. The extreme temperatures can also cause health problems, especially among older people and the sick. The Government is following developments closely and taking the necessary decisions. The Government Offices is in continuous contact with the responsible government agencies.
Sweden and Finland signed a memorandum of understanding
During a ceremony in Turku, on 9 July, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the Swedish-Finnish Defence Cooperation. The agreement provides common political guidance for the defence cooperation.
Sweden joins the German-led Framework Nations Concept (FNC)
On June 28, the Swedish government tasked the Swedish Armed Forces to take part in the German-led Framework Nations Concept.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist signs JEF agreement in London
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited London on 27-28 June. Together with his colleagues within the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Minister Hultqvist signed a memorandum of understanding through which JEF reaches full operational capability.
Development of modern total defence
The 2015 defence bill states that the single most important issue to address in the period of 2016–2020 is to increase the operational warfighting capability of the Armed Forces and to ensure the overall capability of Swedish total defence. The total defence includes all activities preparing the society for war and consists of both civil and military defence. When the Government has declared raised or highest level of alert the total defence includes all societal activities. Vital societal functions include the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament), the Government, government agencies, municipalities, private enterprises, voluntary defence organisations as well as individuals.
State secretary Jan Salestrand participated in Polish-Swedish roundtable on security policy
State secretary Jan Salestrand participated in the first Polish-Swedish roundtable on security policy on 4-5 June.