Sweden and NATO

Information about the Government’s work in relation to Sweden’s application for NATO membership is gathered here.

Responsible ministries
Ministry of Defence
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Sweden’s road to NATO membership

    The requests  - close-up. Flags in the background.
    Sweden and Finland’s requests were presented to the NATO Secretary General on 18 May. Photo: NATO

    On 16 May 2022, the then Government, with broad support in the Riksdag, decided to apply for NATO membership. On 5 July 2022, all NATO member countries signed the Accession Protocol for Sweden. Until all NATO member countries have ratified Sweden’s application for NATO membership, Sweden has the status of applicant country (invitee), which involves gradual integration into NATO structures.

    On 8 March 2023, the Government presented a bill proposing that the Riksdag approve 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.

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