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.
News from Ministry of Defence
India’s Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sweden
India’s Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sweden on 13 February for meetings with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. The purpose of the visit was to sign a security protection agreement between Sweden and India.
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.
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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The Government of Sweden tasks the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence
On 25 January the Swedish government decided to task the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence. Sweden is responding to a sought after need within the UN and will thereby continue to be an active partner for gender equality and its development within the UN system.The Government of Sweden tasks the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence
Peter Hultqvist met Japan's State Minister of Defence
On Wednesday, 17 January, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Japan’s State Minister of Defence Tomohiro Yamamoto. The meeting is part of a two-day programme in Sweden.Peter Hultqvist met Japan's State Minister of Defence
The transatlantic link in focus at the security conference Snow Meeting
On 11-12 January the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, took part in the security conference Snow Meeting in Trakai, west of Vilnius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, hosted the conference.The transatlantic link in focus at the security conference Snow Meeting
Swedish Defence Commission presents report on total defence concept and civil defence
On 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission presented the report Resilience - the total defence concept and the development of civil defence 2021-2025.Swedish Defence Commission presents report on total defence concept and civil defence
Media invitation: On Wednesday 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission will submit their report to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
On Wednesday 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission will submit their report, Resilience – Sweden’s total defence concept 2021-2025, to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.Media invitation: On Wednesday 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission will submit their report to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Atlantic Council's conference Securing Northern Europe – Bridging the Baltic Sea, North atlantic and the Arctic
Stockholm, 12 December 2017. Check against delivery.Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Atlantic Council's conference Securing Northern Europe – Bridging the Baltic Sea, North atlantic and the Arctic
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist gave an opening address at the Berlin Security Conference
On 28 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the 2017 Berlin Security Conference in the German capital. This year’s theme was ‘Europe under pressure – security and defence in unpredictable times’. Sweden was a partner in this year’s conference, alongside the organiser, and Sweden’s Minister for Defence held the opening address.Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist gave an opening address at the Berlin Security Conference
Exercises and international operations
from Ministry of Defence
To achieve the objective to increase the defence operational capability requires that qualified armed forces exercises are conducted regularly, where various sections of the defence exercise at the same time. Capability develops through education and exercise and will improve when Swedish military units participate in national and international operations. The exercise operation creates distinct objectives for the development of the military units and regular exercises are to be conducted in strategically key areas.Exercises and international operations
from Ministry of Defence
Swedish security is dependent on international cooperation and relationships with several countries through the UN, the EU, partnerships with NATO and defence cooperation with the Nordic countries and the Baltic, as well as bilateral cooperation with individual countries. The objective with the international defence cooperation is to efficiently utilise resources and increase the operational capabilities of the Swedish defence.International cooperation