Foreign and security policy

Foreign policy is about Sweden’s relations with and policies towards other countries. Preventing risks and threats is an important part of security policy, which in turn is part of foreign policy. Swedish policy is pursued via direct relations with other countries and also through bodies such as the EU and the UN.

Responsible for foreign and security policy

Responsible minister

Tobias Billström Minister for Foreign Affairs

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  • Press conference in Luleå with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

    On Tuesday 30 May, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Sweden. On the first day of the visit, he will meet with Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström at Luleå air base, Norrbotten Wing (F 21). A press conference will be held after the meeting.

  • New political momentum to enhancing partnerships between the EU and the Indo-Pacific

    The Indo-Pacific Region
    The Indo-Pacific Region Picture: The Government Offices of Sweden

    On 13 May 2023, the second EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum was held in Stockholm. The Ministerial Forum was co-chaired by Mr Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, and Mr Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

The Riksdag approved Sweden's accession to NATO

On 22 March 2023, the Riksdag approved Sweden's accession to NATO. Sweden can become a full NATO member country once all of the member countries have ratified Sweden’s application for NATO membership.

Sweden have sent materials and rescue personnel to Türkiye. Photo: Jonas Holmberg/Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden’s assistance to those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

In response to the very difficult humanitarian situation resulting from the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, Sweden is contributing with humanitarian support and dispatched experts and material to the affected areas. Sweden also gives extensive core support to many of the organisations currently working in those areas.

Monday 20 March, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission hosted an International Donors’ Conference in support of the people affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. At the Conference, Sweden presented its total support of approximately EUR 45 million. Pledges made at the Conference totalled approximately EUR 7 billion.

Illustration: Government Offices

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

One year ago, on 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since then, Sweden has provided humanitarian, military and civil support to Ukraine. Sweden’s military support to Ukraine has more than tripled since the current Government took office. Over the last twelve months, the EU – including Sweden – has adopted a series of sweeping sanctions packages against Russia Sweden will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Illustration: Government Offices

Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2023

Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2023.

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