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
Riksdag adopts legislation that improves opportunities for operational military support between Sweden and Finland
On 8 September, the Riksdag decided to grant the Government greater rights to give and receive operational military support within the framework of defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland. The Government will be able to take decisions on matters such as assisting Finland militarily to prevent violations of Finnish territory, and receiving military support from Finland to prevent violations of Swedish territory or respond to an armed attack against Sweden. Decisions to assist Finland militarily to respond to an armed attack against Finland must still be approved by the Riksdag.
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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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".
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist’s speech at Georgia’s Army Hall
Georgia’s Army Hall, 6 March 2018. Check against delivery.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Georgia
On 7 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist concluded a two-day visit to Georgia. Mr Hultqvist met Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and his Georgian defence minister colleague Levan Izoria. During the meetings, bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Ukrainian colleague
On 5 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Ukraine. Mr Hultqvist met with President Petro Poroshenko and his Ukrainian defence minister colleague Stepan Poltorak. During the meetings, deepened bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Saab Global Eye roll-out
Linköping, 22 February Check against delivery.
Inquiry on Swedish Armed Forces’ long-term equipment needs presented
On 20 February, the Government’s Inquiry Chair Ingemar Wahlberg presented his report on the Swedish Armed Forces’ long-term equipment needs. The Inquiry’s remit included conducting an analysis of the Swedish Armed Forces’ equipment needs and presenting proposals on priority and efficiency measures, both within and beyond allocated financial frameworks.
The Minister for Defence attended the Munich Security Conference
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the Munich Security Conference Munich Security Conference on 16-18 February. This year's conference highlighted the threat to the democratic world order, new prerequisites for a common European defense policy and analyzes of regional development in Africa, Eastern and Central Europe and the Middle East.
The Government of Sweden tasks the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence
On 25 January the Swedish government decided to task the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence. Sweden is responding to a sought after need within the UN and will thereby continue to be an active partner for gender equality and its development within the UN system.