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Press release from Ministry of Defence

Swedish Armed Forces to contribute forces in Latvia


The Swedish Government has decided to task the Armed Forces with planning and preparing Swedish participation in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, Forward Land Forces (FLF), in Latvia. The contribution will consist of a force equalling the size of a reduced battalion of 600 soldiers. It will be part of a brigade led by Canada beginning in early 2025.

“As a NATO member, Sweden is part of NATO’s collective defence and will contribute broadly to its activities and defence of the entire Alliance. The Government has tasked the Armed Forces with preparing a reduced battalion for participation in the FLF in Latvia,” says Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.

The Government has granted the Armed Forces authorisation to negotiate and conclude necessary international agreements to enable provision of a force equalling the size of a reduced battalion – 600 soldiers – to NATO’s FLF, which is led by Canada.

Participation of a Swedish armed force abroad requires the Riksdag’s approval.

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Facts about Forward Land Forces

Forward Land Forces (FLF) is NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence with ground units in the countries of the Alliance’s eastern front. This presence comprises multinational joint forces on a rotating basis. At the 2016 NATO Summit, a decision was taken to establish presence in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Since 2022, NATO has also had presence in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. The forces in each country are led by a framework nation. FLF is part of NATO’s deterrence and defence and is a clear example of shared responsibility within the Alliance.