Sweden and NATO

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

  • Sweden's road to NATO

    Jens Stoltenberg receiving the NATO membership application from  the Swedish ambassador while the Finnish ambassador is watching.
    On 18 May, Sweden's request for NATO membership was presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (in the middle) by Ambassador Axel Wernhoff (right). At the same time Ambassador Klaus Korhonen (left) presented Finland's request for NATO membership. Photo: NATO

    On 16 May 2022 the Government, with broad support in the Riksdag, decided to apply for NATO membership. Information about the Government’s work in relation to Sweden’s application for NATO membership is gathered here.

About NATO

NATO is an intergovernmental political and military alliance comprising 30 member states in Europe and North America with collective defence obligations and defence planning.

Deterioration of the security environment – implications for Sweden

On 16 March, the Government set up a working group to deliberate on the changed security environment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision to apply for NATO membership was based in part on the working group’s report (Ds 2022:7).

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