News from the Government and Government Offices
Additional SEK 30 million in humanitarian support and experts to Türkiye and Syria
In response to the humanitarian situation following the powerful earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria, the Swedish Government has taken a swift decision to provide an additional SEK 30 million in humanitarian support and to contribute experts and equipment. The Government has also authorised the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency to offer support via NATO.
Government measures in response to earthquake in Türkiye
The Government is taking swift and resolute action in response to the earthquake that hit Türkiye and northern Syria today, through support measures and in its role as holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the first instance, the Government has immediately allocated SEK 7 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the initial response in Türkiye and Syria.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson received Finnish Prime Minister in Stockholm
On Thursday 2 February, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson received Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Stockholm. It was Mr Kristersson’s first reception of a visiting head of government since the Government was formed.
Prime Minister meets with party leaders to brief them on the security situation.
After a meeting with the Riksdag party leaders on 31 January, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson held a press conference on Sweden’s security in connection with recent weeks’ events in Stockholm and their international consequences.
Heavy advanced weapons to Ukraine
The Government today presented a large three-part support package to Ukraine. The package includes a procurement cooperation scheme, instructions to the Swedish Armed Forces to prepare the transfer of the Archer Artillery System, and the largest defence equipment package to date. This includes recoilless rifles with ammunition, anti-tank weapons, assault rifles, mine clearance equipment, Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) with ammunition, and light anti-armour weapon Robot 57 (NLAW), worth SEK 4.3 billion.
Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2023
Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2023.
Government taking strong action against disinformation and rumour-spreading campaign
Since December 2021, disinformation has been spread concerning Swedish social services taking Muslim children into care without a legal basis. According to the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency, there are no indications that the campaign will cease in the near future. Social services employees are being threatened and, in the worst case scenario, this risks leading to children in Sweden not receiving the social support to which they are entitled. The Government is now taking several measures to counteract the disinformation that is being disseminated.
Sweden supports the Iranian people’s demand for human rights
Sweden and the rest of the EU have expressed clear support for the Iranians, especially women and girls, who are peacefully demonstrating for their human rights. Sweden has individually, and together with the other EU Member States, condemned the violence that the Iranian authorities have used against demonstrators. Sweden has also called for those responsible for the death of Mahsa Jina Amini to be held accountable.
Temporary travel restrictions for travellers from China extended
On 26 January, the Swedish Government decided to extend the previously-adopted entry restrictions requiring all travellers from China to be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival in Sweden, regardless of their vaccination status.