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

  • Enhanced Nordic dialogue and information exchange in the event of crisis and conflict – summary of defence ministerial meetings on 19–20 November

    • General Tod D. Wolters and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at the meeting.

      NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander US European Command General Tod D. Wolters praised the Northern Group for its resilience and contribution to the overall campaign for security.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices

    • Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist together with  Arnór Sigurjónsson, Iceland, Trine Bramsen, Denmark, Antti Kaikkonen, Finland and Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway.

      Swedish minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist together with Arnór Sigurjónsson, Iceland, Trine Bramsen, Denmark, Antti Kaikkonen, Finland and Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Governments Offices of Sweden

    •  Iceland’s Arnór Sigurjónsson signed the Technical Agreement for Alternate Landing Bases II (ALB II).

      At the Nordefco meeting Iceland’s Arnór Sigurjónsson signed the Technical Agreement for Alternate Landing Bases II (ALB II), enabling mutual use of Nordic landing bases for armed aircraft. The agreement has now been signed by all Nordic countries.

      Photo: Magnus Lijegren/Government Offices

    • On 19 Novermber a Nordic-Baltic defence ministers meeting was held attended by the Nordic and Baltic ministers of defence.

      On 19 Novermber a Nordic-Baltic defence ministers meeting was held attended by the Nordic and Baltic ministers of Defence.

      Photo: Magnus Lijegren/Government Offices

    • Commander, U.S. European Command, General Tod D. Wolters, attended the meeting hosted by Swedish Minister for Defense Peter Hultqvist.

      Commander, U.S. European Command, General Tod D. Wolters, attended the meeting hosted by Swedish Minister for Defense Peter Hultqvist.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices

    Sweden’s year as chair of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) was summarised when the Nordic defence ministers met in Stockholm on 19 November. "In 2019, Sweden and our Nordic neighbours have jointly laid the foundation for closer dialogue in the event of a serious crisis or conflict in our region. We have strengthened our ability to reach a common understanding of the security situation during a crisis", says Minister for 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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