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, Minister for Defence
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

News from Ministry of Defence

  • Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist hosted a Nordic defence ministerial meeting on Gotland

    • Permanent Secretary at Finland’s Ministry of Defence Jukka Juusti, Director General of the Defence Directorate at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs Arnór Sigurjónsson, Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist, Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

      Permanent Secretary at Finland’s Ministry of Defence Jukka Juusti, Director General of the Defence Directorate at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs Arnór Sigurjónsson, Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist, Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

      Photo: Josefin Freij/Government Officies

    • Finland, Norway and Sweden signed an annex concerning security of supply.

      Finland, Norway and Sweden signed an annex concerning security of supply, which constitutes a part of a wider Nordic defence materiel cooperation agreement. Denmark declared its intent to sign the annex at a later stage.

      Photo: Josefin Freij/Government Officies

    • The Nordic defence ministers visited the Gotland Regiment in connection with the NORDEFCO meeting in Visby.

      The Nordic defence ministers visited the Gotland Regiment in connection with the NORDEFCO meeting in Visby. The visit included a flight with Hkp 16, a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter used by the Swedish armed forces since 2012.

      Photo: Josefin Freij/Government Officies

    • Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist inside a helicopter.

      Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist inside a helicopter.

      Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Officies

    Between 9 and 10 April a Nordic defence ministerial meeting was held on Gotland as part of Sweden’s Chairmanship of NORDEFCO in 2019. During the meeting, issues such as total defence, regional security, exercise cooperation and the follow-up of the political vision for the Nordic defence cooperation were discussed. In conjunction to the meeting Finland, Norway and Sweden signed an annex concerning security of supply, which constitutes a part of a wider Nordic defence materiel cooperation agreement. At the same time, Denmark declared its intent to sign the annex at a later stage.

  • Minister for Defence took part in defence ministers meeting in London

    Defence minister Peter Hultqvist with colleguages in fron of government buildning
    JEF Ministerial delegation reception. Photo: gov.uk

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in a ministers meeting in London on 3 April within the framework of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The meeting included a scenario-based discussion and discussions related to the upcoming JEF exercise Baltic Protector, in which Sweden will participate.

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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