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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EU’s ministers for defence and foreign affairs discussed permanent structured cooperation
On 13 November, EU’s ministers for foreign affairs and defence met at the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. At the meeting, Sweden was represented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist.EU’s ministers for defence and foreign affairs discussed permanent structured cooperation
The Government authorises FMV to enter into negotiations with the United States on the purchase of a new medium-range air defence system
The Government has today authorised the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to send a Letter of Request to the United States, and to enter into negotiations for procurement of the Patriot air defence system.The Government authorises FMV to enter into negotiations with the United States on the purchase of a new medium-range air defence system
National Security Strategy
This national security strategy sets out the focus and establishes a framework for the work required to collectively safeguard Sweden’s security, within and between different policy areas. This strategy aims to strengthen our ability to effectively and concertedly prevent and tackle immediate and long-term threats and challenges.National Security Strategy
“Aurora has had a clear impact on our military capability”
Article in Svenska Dagbladet, 8 October 2017“Aurora has had a clear impact on our military capability”
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist visited TechNet conference
Cyber capabilities in hybrid warfare scenarios were the theme of the TechNet Europe 2017 conference in Upplands Väsby outside Stockholm 10th of October. Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist visited the conference and held an opening speech.Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist visited TechNet conference
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at AFCEA TechNet Europe conference 2017
Upplands Väsby, 10 October 2017. Check against delivery.Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at AFCEA TechNet Europe conference 2017
Government’s measures during the electoral period in the area of defence
During this electoral period, the Government has worked on implementing the Defence Resolution adopted by the Riksdag. During the 2016–2020 defence period, the operational capabilities of military units will increase and the overall operational capability of the total defence will be ensured. A great deal has already been achieved and we can see that the Resolution has already had an impact in a number of areas.Government’s measures during the electoral period in the area of defence
Peter Hultqvist visits the Hungarian Defence Minister
On September 26, Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó received Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Budapest. The ministers discussed the military-strategic situation in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe, as well as the ongoing cooperation on JAS 39 Gripen.Peter Hultqvist visits the Hungarian Defence Minister
Swedish-Croatian defence ministerial meeting
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krstičević in Zagreb on 25 September. The ministers discussed EU cooperation in the area of defence, and contributions to EU operations in Africa.Swedish-Croatian defence ministerial meeting