News from the Government and Government Offices
The Government has decided today that Sweden will apply for NATO membership.
This decision is based on a security analysis that the Government invited the other Riksdag parties to take part in and its conclusions that were presented in a report on 13 May.
Result of security policy discussions presented on 13 May
On 16 March 2022, the Government decided to set up a working group to deliberate on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde led the deliberations. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist also took part.
All parties represented in the Riksdag took part in the deliberations and were represented by the following members of the Riksdag: Kenneth G Forslund (Social Democratic Party), Hans Wallmark (Moderate Party), Pål Jonson (Moderate Party), Aron Emilsson (Sweden Democrats), Kerstin Lundgren (Centre Party), Håkan Svenneling (Left Party), Mikael Oscarsson (Christian Democrats), Allan Widman (Liberal Party) and Elisabeth Falkhaven (Green Party).
Sweden and United Kingdom sign political declaration of solidarity
On Wednesday 11 May, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Sweden for talks. They discussed matters such as the serious security situation in Europe, bilateral relations and cooperation between Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in talks with German Government and Finnish Prime Minister
On Tuesday 3 May, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson was at Schloss Meseberg in Germany by invitation of Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take part in talks with the German Government together with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Government presents 2022 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill
The Government presented the 2022 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and the Spring Amending Budget for 2022. In light of the deteriorating security situation, the Government is presenting a budget to strengthen Sweden that includes both immediate investment and long-term measures to address societal challenges.
Sweden can do better: the Government’s policy priorities
Sweden has much to be proud of. We have a skilled labour force and a high proportion of Swedish people support themselves by working. Sweden has many innovative and competitive businesses that contribute to jobs and exports. Health care, education and social services are collectively financed and allocated according to need. The level of trust between people is high and Sweden has come a long way in terms of gender equality.
The Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.