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
Mikael Damberg, Minister for Home Affairs
Mikael Damberg Minister for Home Affairs

Responsible ministry

News about defence

  • Discussions on the challenges of the West was at focus during the Munich Security Conference 2020

    • Peter Hultqvist seated at a table.

      Peter Hultqvist message to Ukrainian MPs in Munich: ”We can never accept Russias illegal annexation of Crimea & military aggression in eastern Ukraine”.

      Phot: Per Thöresson/Government Offices

    • State Secretary Niels Annen and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

      Minister Hultqvist met with State Secretary Niels Annen for discussions on Swedish-German cooperation in the security and defence area.

      Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Officies

    • SACEUR Tod Wolters and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

      Minister Hultqvist bilateral met with SACEUR Tod Wolters and discussed the upcoming Swedish exercise Aurora 20 and US-SE cooperation.

      Photo: Per Thöresson/Government Offices

    • Canadas Defence Minister Harjiit Sing Sajjan and Peter Hultqvist.

      Canadas Defence Minister Harjiit Sing Sajjan and Peter Hultqvist met for discussions on the Arctic, UN peacekeeping operations and bilateral cooperation.

      Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

    • OSSE Secretery General Thomas Greminger and  Peter Hultqvist

      OSSE Secretery General Thomas Greminger met with Peter Hultqvist to discuss Swedens priorities during the OSSE chairmanship.

      Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

    • Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds andMinister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

      Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, with issues discussed on regional security, defence material cooperation and UN peacekeeping.

      Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

    • Anna Bijleveld-Schouten and Peter Hultqvist.

      Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with his Dutch colleague Bijleveld-Schouten. Issues on regional security and furthering bilateral cooperation were discussed.

      Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the Munich Security Conference (MSC) from 14 to 16 February. This year’s theme was “Is the world becoming less Western?”.

Swedish Armed Forces

The most important for the Swedish defence during 2016-2020 is to increase the operational capability in the military unit and to secure the collective capability in the total defence.

Long-term financing of military defence

In the Budget Bill for 2020 the Government proposes that military defence will be allocated an additional five billion SEK for the year 2022. This investment is fully funded through a bank tax. The Budget Bill is based on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

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.

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