Defence

This policy area deals with the military defence sector and coordination with the civil defence sector, as well as with issues concerning the national total defence service. The area also includes bilateral and multilateral defence and defence equipment cooperation, admission to Swedish territory, defence intelligence operations and communications security.

Responsible for defence

Responsible ministers

Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence
Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg
Mikael Damberg Minister for Home Affairs

Responsible ministry

News about defence

  • Minister Hultqvist explained the roadmap toward the future Swedish defence at press briefing

    • The Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, at the virtual press briefing.,

      The Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, presenting investments in Sweden’s defence capabilities to international media.

      Photo: Maja L Persson/Government Offices of Sweden.

    • Swedish soldiers in the archipelago of Stockholm.

      Sweden is strengthening its national defence.

      Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces.

    An increase of the annual defence budget by 85 percent from 2015 to 2025. A new and larger war-time organisation, six new training establishments and new procurements. The Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, presented the largest investment in Sweden’s defence capabilities in 70 years to international media on April 7.

  • Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and The Nordic Ministers of Defence sign Letter of Intent on Nordic-US joint exercise ‘Arctic Challenge’ (ACE)

    Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, US Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth, Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke Jensen, Denmark's Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.
    Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, US Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth, Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke Jensen, Denmark's Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Ministies of Defence in Finland, USA, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

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

Substantial investment in total defence

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.

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.

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

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

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