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 ministries

News about defence

  • Strategic Compass on the agenda at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

    On 15–16 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). The Ministers discussed EU training missions and met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a ministerial lunch. In a joint meeting with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs on 15 November the first draft of the EU Strategic Compass was discussed.

  • Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in Nordic Defence Cooperation meeting in Finland

    The participating ministers standing outside in front of a ship.
    Peter Hultqvist with his Nordic colleagues. Photo: Emma Virkkunen, Finnish Ministry of Defence

    On 9 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) ministerial meeting. The meeting in Kirkkonummi, Finland was hosted by Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen in conjunction with the Finnish NORDEFCO chairmanship in 2021.

Photo: Jimmy Croona/Swedish Armed Forces

Objectives for Swedish total defence 2021–2025

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.

Government Offices of 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. The defence bill for 2016–2020 aimed at ensuring the overall capability of Swedish total defence.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

The Swedish way: 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.

Photo: Anton Thorstensson/Swedish Armed Forces

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

Sweden's most far-reaching defence cooperation is its cooperation with Finland. The two countries have similar security policies, and they both wish to expand their already extensive defence cooperation.

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