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 ministries

News about defence

  • Lithuania’s Minister for National Defence on visit to Sweden

    Peter Hultqvist and Arvydas Anušauskas shaking hands outside.
    Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and his Lithuanian counterpart, Arvydas Anušauskas. Photo: Marcus Björkman/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 8 October, Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist welcomed his Lithuanian counterpart, Arvydas Anušauskas, for a bilateral meeting in Stockholm. The security situation in the Baltic Sea region and further cooperation between Sweden and Lithuania were among the items on the agenda.

  • Sweden’s Minister for Defence addressed Finnish-Swedish defence industry seminar

    Peter Hultqvist in a suit.
    Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

    The long-standing defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland was one of the themes of a defence industry seminar held at the Embassy of Finland in Stockholm. Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist delivered a keynote speech.

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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