Government policy

The Government’s policies and initiatives in various areas can be found here.

Special projects and programmes

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  • New strategy against violent extremism and terrorism

    Terrorism threatens peace and security, and our fundamental rights and freedoms. The threat today is more complex than in the past, and for several years now, serious ideologically motivated crime has contributed to the increased threat to individuals and Swedish interests. The Government has therefore drafted a new comprehensive national strategy against both violent extremism and terrorism. The strategy takes a long-term approach to work at local, regional, national and international level. This type of crime must be prevented and combatted with the full force of society.

  • The Government’s priorities

    The Government parties, in cooperation with the Sweden Democrats, have decided on six collaborative projects. Within the framework of these projects, they will draft and carry out political reforms to resolve Sweden’s most important societal challenges. In addition to the six collaborative projects, the Government is working on two other priorities.

  • N5 and NB8 – Nordic and Nordic-Baltic cooperation on foreign and security policy

    In 2024, Sweden will coordinate the informal foreign and security cooperation formats of the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8) and the Nordic countries (N5). The NB8 and N5 are led by foreign ministers, who meet several times a year to discuss current issues. During the year, focus will be on strengthening security cooperation in the region and continued support to Ukraine.

  • 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

    A safer, greener and freer Nordic region – this will be the focus of the 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The vision of the Nordic region being the world’s most integrated and sustainable region by 2030 will shape the Swedish Presidency.

  • International sanctions

    International sanctions are an important instrument to safeguard peace and security, and promote democracy and human rights. Sanctions mean that restrictions limiting the freedom of a state, a region, a group or individuals are imposed. Sanctions that apply in Sweden have been adopted by the UN or the EU. Sweden is bound by a total of some 40 sanctions regimes. These include both geographical sanctions targeting specific countries or regions and thematic sanctions targeting specific problems.

  • Military support to Ukraine

    Sweden has contributed military support to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. There has been a significant change in the level and content of the support provided by Sweden: from personal protective equipment in the first decision to tanks, advanced weapons systems and ammunition in later packages. With support package 15 presented by the Government on February 20, 2024, the total value of Sweden’s military support to Ukraine amounts to over SEK 30 billion (February 20, 2024).

  • Efforts to strengthen Sweden’s security

    Information about the Government’s measures to strengthen Sweden’s security, protect Swedish citizens and safeguard Swedish economic interests in light of the serious security situation is available here.

  • Task force for Jewish life in Sweden

    The Government’s task force for Jewish life in Sweden was presented in January 2023. The working group collaborates and conducts dialogue on preventive measures and efforts to improve the conditions for Jewish life and prevent and combat antisemitism in Sweden. This page contains a list of documents and articles on the group’s work and the Government’s other measures to combat antisemitism.

  • Sweden's support to Ukraine

    Since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sweden has provided military, humanitarian and civil support to support Ukraine. Since February 2022, Sweden contributed approximately SEK 30 billion (approx. EUR 2.6 billion*) to various initiatives that support Ukraine (11 December 2023). Together with the EU, Sweden has also adopted macroeconomic support and several sanctions packages against Russia.

  • Sweden’s new migration policy

    Sweden’s migration policy is undergoing a paradigm shift. The Government is intensifying its efforts to reduce, in full compliance with Sweden’s international commitments, the number of migrants coming irregularly to Sweden. Labour immigration fraud and abuses must be stopped and the ‘shadow society’ combated. Sweden will continue to have dignified reception standards, and those who have no grounds for protection or other legal right to stay in Sweden must be expelled.

  • Sweden and NATO

    On 16 May 2022 the Government, with broad support in the Riksdag, decided to apply for NATO membership. On 5 July 2022, all NATO member countries signed the Accession Protocol for Sweden. Until all NATO countries have ratified Sweden’s application for NATO membership, it has the status of invitee country. Sweden is now gradually being integrated into NATO’s political and military structures. On 8 March 2023, the Government submitted the bill on Sweden’s NATO membership to the Riksdag for approval, and on 22 March the Riksdag approved Sweden’s accession to NATO.

  • Together for Impact – the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

    Sweden holds the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the IHRA, twenty plus years after the first Stockholm Forum on the Holocaust and one year after the Malmö Forum, Remember – ReAct. The Presidency, Together for Impact, began on 1 March of 2022 and will continue until the end of February of 2023. Sweden assumes the Presidency at a time when the IHRA is needed more than ever; anti-democratic forces are gaining ground, spreading antisemitism, antigypsyism, disinformation and distortion, not least on social media platforms. The Presidency has two major priorities; following up on the pledges made at the Malmö Forum and focusing on further strengthening the IHRA as an institution.

  • Sweden's Presidency of the Council of the EU

    In the first half of 2023, Sweden held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For six months, Sweden led the work in the Council with the aim of making the EU more secure, freer and greener.

  • National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct

    Countries adhering to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conducts support and promote standards for responsible business conduct through National Contact Points (NCPs). Sweden’s NCP is a tripartite collaboration between the State, the business sector and worker organisations.

  • Nordic Defence Cooperation

    Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are part of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). This cooperation started in 2009 and primarily aims to increase the countries’ defence capabilities and enhance possibilities to take joint action if a crisis arises in the neighbourhood.

  • Defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland

    Sweden and Finland have a shared security policy perspective and cooperate closely on defence. Sweden collaborates with Finland both bilaterally and within multilateral forums such as the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO), the EU, the UN and NATO. As NATO members, Sweden and Finland will be even better equipped to intensify their cooperation.

  • Sweden's carbon tax

    The Swedish carbon tax was instituted in 1991, alongside an already existing energy tax, and it remains a cornerstone of Swedish climate policy. Over time, the carbon tax has increased in importance, contributing to a broad range of environmental and climate objectives.

  • 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.

  • The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. The Global Goals are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.