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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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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Peter Hultqvist met Japan's State Minister of Defence
On Wednesday, 17 January, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Japan’s State Minister of Defence Tomohiro Yamamoto. The meeting is part of a two-day programme in Sweden.
The transatlantic link in focus at the security conference Snow Meeting
On 11-12 January the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, took part in the security conference Snow Meeting in Trakai, west of Vilnius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, hosted the conference.
Swedish Defence Commission presents report on total defence concept and civil defence
On 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission presented the report Resilience - the total defence concept and the development of civil defence 2021-2025.
Media invitation: On Wednesday 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission will submit their report to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
On Wednesday 20 December the Swedish Defence Commission will submit their report, Resilience – Sweden’s total defence concept 2021-2025, to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Atlantic Council's conference Securing Northern Europe – Bridging the Baltic Sea, North atlantic and the Arctic
Stockholm, 12 December 2017. Check against delivery.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist gave an opening address at the Berlin Security Conference
On 28 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the 2017 Berlin Security Conference in the German capital. This year’s theme was ‘Europe under pressure – security and defence in unpredictable times’. Sweden was a partner in this year’s conference, alongside the organiser, and Sweden’s Minister for Defence held the opening address.
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at Berlin Security Conference 2017
Berlin, 28 November 2017 Check against delivery.
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.
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.