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. International defence cooperation contributes to strengthening Sweden’s military capabilities to be able to respond to an armed attack.

Sweden also cooperates with other countries and organisations with regard to defence equipment. This cooperation is important for ensuring the supply of Swedish technology and defence equipment, and is both bilateral and multilateral. Sweden has memorandums of understanding (MoUs) that regulate bilateral defence equipment cooperation with around 30 countries.

Responsible ministers
Peter Hultqvist
Responsible ministries
Ministry of Defence

Swedish international defence cooperation

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Regeringskansliet

Bilateral cooperation

The cooperation with Finland is the most far-reaching. The other most important bilateral defence and security policy cooperation agreements are with our other neighbours in the Nordic region and the Baltic Sea region, and with the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Photo: Marcus Björkman/Regeringskansliet

Multilateral cooperation

Sweden has multilateral defence cooperation with EU, NATO, the Northern Group, the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), the Framework Nations Concept (FNC), the European Intervention Initiative (EI2) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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