International development cooperation

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.

Responsible for international development cooperation

Responsible minister

Matilda Ernkrans, biståndsminister
Matilda Ernkrans Minister for International Development Cooperation

Responsible ministry

Illustration: The UN

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Country and regional strategies

Sweden has a long tradition of active foreign policy, with extensive and close bilateral and multilateral cooperation, both in our part of the world and globally. Country and regional strategies contain information about Sweden’s relations with different countries and regions.

Map over the European Union.
The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas. Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden in the EU

Being a member of the EU means that Sweden has a direct influence on and is directly affected by EU decisions. The Government’s main role in the EU context is to represent Sweden in the European Council and in the Council of the European Union.

Photo: Frida Drake/Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Swedish Government’s stance is clear: support to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and a stronger Sweden. Sweden, the EU and many other countries are standing with Ukraine.

Here you will find information about the Government’s work related to the security situation in Ukraine.

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