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
COVID-19 related issues discussed at NATO meeting
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist attended a meeting of NATO defence ministers on 18 June concerning the affect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Alliance’s members and partner countries. The meeting was also attended by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, as well as the defence ministers of Finland and Australia.
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met defence ministers from Germany and the Nordic countries
On 18 June, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the defence ministers of the Nordic countries via video link. From Denmark Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen took part, from Norway Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and from Finland Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen.
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.
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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Northern group defence ministers met in The Hague
Defence ministers of the Northern Group security and defence policy forum held a meeting in The Hague on 6 June. Among other things, ministers discussed the security policy situation in Northern Europe.
The Minister of Defence of the Netherlands visited Stockholm
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received his Dutch colleague Ank Bijleveld-Schouten in Stockholm on 24 May. The ministers discussed bilateral defence relations and the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, among other themes.
Nordic Defence Industry Seminar in Stockholm
Sweden hosted a Nordic Defence Industry Seminar, NDIS 2018, in Stockholm on 22 to 24 May 2018. The focus of the seminar was “Ensuring Future Capabilities – Nordic Armaments Cooperation in a Competitive and International Context”. The NDIS 2018 event included seminars and panel discussions with various perspectives on Nordic armaments cooperation. The seminar is organised every two years within the framework of Nordic defence cooperation (NORDEFCO).
Peter Hultqvist met Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen
On 22 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen in Copenhagen. During their meeting the ministers discussed bilateral defence cooperation, regional security and multilateral cooperation.
Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist signs trilateral Statement of Intent
Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist met on May 8th 2018 with United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Finland’s Minister for Defence Jussi Niinistö in Washington to sign a trilateral Statement of Intent (SOI).
Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist to visit Washington
Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist will make a working visit to Washington on 7 to 10 May 2018. He will meet the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Finland’s Minister for Defence Jussi Niinistö.
Proposal on a new Act on operational military support between Sweden and Finland
The Inquiry on legal regulation of the defence cooperation with Finland proposes that the Government should be given powers to take certain decisions on providing and receiving military support within the framework of the Swedish–Finnish defence cooperation.
Minister of Defence attended multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18
On 24 April, Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the ongoing multinational crisis management exercise Viking 18 in Uppsala. Viking 18 is the world’s largest exercise of its kind and gathers 2 500 participants from over 60 countries.
State Secretary Jan Salestrand met Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara
On 16 April, State Secretary Jan Salestrand received Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara. Matters discussed at the meeting included the EU training mission that Sweden has taken part in since early 2017.
Chairman Björn von Sydow presents the recent Defence Commission report to an international audience
In an article in the online magazine NATO Review, the chairman of the Swedish Defence Commission presents the recent report "Resilience – The total defence concept and the development of civil defence 2021-2025".