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International defence cooperation

Sweden builds security together with others. Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a cornerstone in this work. In addition, Sweden has extensive defence cooperation with other countries, both in the form of bilateral cooperation between Sweden and another country and multilateral cooperation with several countries.

Responsible ministers
Pål Jonson
Responsible ministries
Ministry of Defence

International defence cooperation

From the left Pål Jonson and Antti Häkkänen shaking hands.
Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and Finland’ s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen met in Stockholm on 6 July 2023. Photo: Armin Dröge/Government Offices of Sweden

Bilateral defence cooperation

Cooperation with strategic Allies such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the countries in the Baltic Sea region is of particular importance to Sweden’s security. The cooperation with Finland is Sweden’s farthest-reaching defence cooperation.

Soldiers raising a NATO flag and a Swedish flag.
Ceremony at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters in Stockholm on 11 March 2024, after Sweden's accesion to NATO. Photo: Andreas Karlsson/Swedish Armed Forces

Multilateral defence cooperation

Sweden’s NATO membership is a cornerstone of Swedish foreign and security policy. Other important multilateral defence cooperation occurs within the EU, NORDEFCO and the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).

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