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

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  • Substantial investment in total defence

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.
    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Mikael Kiesbye/Government Offices

    In the government bill ‘Totalförsvaret 2021–2025’ (Total Defence 2021–2025), the Government is proposing a substantial increase of capabilities in both military and civilian defence. The bill includes proposals on a new and expanded war organisation with reinforcements in all branches and functions of defence, as well as the re-establishment of five regiments and one air wing. The bill also includes substantial investment in military equipment, reinforcements of cyber defence, ammunition and foreign intelligence capabilities, and a doubling of basic-training volumes. Within the civilian defence, resilience is strengthened in several important societal functions.

Government decision to increase defence spending

The Swedish government has proposed to parliament that the defence sector should be allocated an additional SEK 5 billion in 2021.

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

In the autumn of 2013, Sweden and Finland announced their intent to deepen their defence cooperation.

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.

International Defence Cooperation

Sweden has extensive defence cooperation with other states and organisations. This cooperation is an integral part of the solidarity-based security policy upon which Sweden builds security together with others. International defence cooperation contributes to strengthening Sweden’s military capabilities to be able to respond to an armed attack.

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