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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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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Swedish Defence Commission
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On 9 January 2017, the Defence Commission were given instructions for its continued work. Not later than 14 May 2019, the Commission is to submit a defence and security policy report to the Government. The report will constitute an important basis for the next defence bill 2020.Swedish Defence Commission
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Berlin Security Conference 2017
Berlin, 28 November 2017 Check against delivery.Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Berlin Security Conference 2017
Peacekeeping mission in focus at the UN conference in Vancouver
On 14-15 November, the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, participated in the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver. At the meeting, the Minister for Defence emphasised Sweden’s broad UN commitment.Peacekeeping mission in focus at the UN conference in Vancouver
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