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 minister

Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

Responsible ministry

News about defence

  • Nordic Defence Industry Seminar in Stockholm

    State Secretary to the Minister for Defence Jan Salestrand speaking at the Nordic Defence Industry Seminar
    Key note speakers included State Secretary to the Minister for Defence Jan Salestrand and the Nordic National Armament Directors. Photo: Jessica Franzén/The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

    Sweden hosted a Nordic Defence Industry Seminar, NDIS 2018, in Stockholm on 22 to 24 May 2018. The focus of the seminar was “Ensuring Future Capabilities – Nordic Armaments Cooperation in a Competitive and International Context”. The NDIS 2018 event included seminars and panel discussions with various perspectives on Nordic armaments cooperation. The seminar is organised every two years within the framework of Nordic defence cooperation (NORDEFCO).

  • Proposal on a new Act on operational military support between Sweden and Finland

    Inquiry Chair Ingvar Åkesson and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
    The Government’s Inquiry Chair Ingvar Åkesson presented on April 27 the Inquiry on legal regulation of the defence cooperation with Finland (SOU 2018:31) to the Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Mikael Kiesbye/Government Offices

    The Inquiry on legal regulation of the defence cooperation with Finland proposes that the Government should be given powers to take certain decisions on providing and receiving military support within the framework of the Swedish–Finnish defence cooperation.

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.

Budget 2018: Increased military capabilities and enhanced total defence

In its Budget Bill for 2018, the Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 2.7 billion to Sweden’s total defence, of which SEK 2.3 billion for military defence and SEK 0.4 billion for civil defence.

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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