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  • Additional SEK 30 million in humanitarian support and experts to Türkiye and Syria

    The Minister for Civil Defence and the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade at a press conference.
    Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell. Photo: Tom Samuelsson/Government Offices

    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

    Director General for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell
    Director General for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    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

    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin
    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson received Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Stockholm. Photo: Ninni Andersson

    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.

    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson  and Mikael Tofvesson
    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Mikael Tofvesson, head of the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency’s Operations Department. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    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

    Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister Ebba Busch, Minister for Energy, Business and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister Mats Persson, Minister for Education Pål Jonson, Minister for Defence
    Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Minister for Energy, Business and Industry Ebba Busch, Minister for Employment and Integration Johan Pehrson. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    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. 

Illustration: Government Offices

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.

Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister  Camilla Waltersson Grönvall, Minister for Social Services  Gunnar Strömmer, Minister for Justice
Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister Camilla Waltersson Grönvall, Minister for Social Services Gunnar Strömmer, Minister for Justice Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

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.

A hand in the air during a demonstration
The Government strongly condemns violence by Iranian authorities against peaceful demonstrators. Photo: TT

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.

Corona-stämpel och grafisk bild av bokstaven i innuti en cirkel
Åtgärder, beslut och initiativ med anledning av coronapandemin Illustration: Regeringskansliet

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.

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