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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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist hosted a Nordic defence ministerial meeting on Gotland
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
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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Proposal on a new Act on operational military support between Sweden and Finland
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.Proposal on a new Act on operational military support between Sweden and Finland
Minister of Defence attended multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18
On 24 April, Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the ongoing multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18 in Uppsala. Viking 18 is the world’s largest exercise of its kind and gathers 2 500 participants from over 60 countries.Minister of Defence attended multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18
State Secretary Jan Salestrand met Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara
On 16 April, State Secretary Jan Salestrand received Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara. Matters discussed at the meeting included the EU training mission that Sweden has taken part in since early 2017.State Secretary Jan Salestrand met Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara
Chairman Björn von Sydow presents the recent Defence Commission report to an international audience
In an article in the online magazine NATO Review, the chairman of the Swedish Defence Commission presents the recent report "Resilience – The total defence concept and the development of civil defence 2021-2025".Chairman Björn von Sydow presents the recent Defence Commission report to an international audience
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist’s speech at Georgia’s Army Hall
Georgia’s Army Hall, 6 March 2018. Check against delivery.Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist’s speech at Georgia’s Army Hall
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Georgia
On 7 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist concluded a two-day visit to Georgia. Mr Hultqvist met Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and his Georgian defence minister colleague Levan Izoria. During the meetings, bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Georgia
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Ukrainian colleague
On 5 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Ukraine. Mr Hultqvist met with President Petro Poroshenko and his Ukrainian defence minister colleague Stepan Poltorak. During the meetings, deepened bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Ukrainian colleague
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Saab Global Eye roll-out
Linköping, 22 February Check against delivery.Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Saab Global Eye roll-out
Inquiry on Swedish Armed Forces’ long-term equipment needs presented
On 20 February, the Government’s Inquiry Chair Ingemar Wahlberg presented his report on the Swedish Armed Forces’ long-term equipment needs. The Inquiry’s remit included conducting an analysis of the Swedish Armed Forces’ equipment needs and presenting proposals on priority and efficiency measures, both within and beyond allocated financial frameworks.Inquiry on Swedish Armed Forces’ long-term equipment needs presented
The Minister for Defence attended the Munich Security Conference
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the Munich Security Conference Munich Security Conference on 16-18 February. This year's conference highlighted the threat to the democratic world order, new prerequisites for a common European defense policy and analyzes of regional development in Africa, Eastern and Central Europe and the Middle East.The Minister for Defence attended the Munich Security Conference