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Meeting on strategy against violent extremism and terrorism

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In December, Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer held a meeting with representatives of a number of government agencies, academia and municipalities to discuss a new comprehensive strategy against violent extremism and terrorism. The Government had previously announced that a new strategy against violent extremism and terrorism would be drafted.

  • Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer and State Secretary Charlotte Kugelberg with ministry officials.

    Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer and State Secretary Charlotte Kugelberg with ministry officials.

    Photo: Nadine Sohier/Government Offices

  • Representatives of a number of government agencies, academia and municipalities attended the meeting.

    Representatives of a number of government agencies, academia and municipalities attended the meeting.

    Photo: Nadine Sohier/Government Offices

  • Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer at a meeting about the upcoming strategy against violent extremism and terrorism.

    Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer at a meeting about the upcoming strategy against violent extremism and terrorism.

    Photo: Nadine Sohier/Government Offices

Sweden’s security situation has deteriorated. The threats of violent extremism and terrorism have become increasing complex and difficult to counter. Extremist environments exploit war and armed conflict to further fuel polarisation and division. Rumours, false information and disinformation also contribute to an increased threat to society and Swedish interests. 

Tackling the deteriorating security situation requires additional measures, not least in efforts to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism. Action also needs to come from the whole of society, and at all levels – local, regional, national and international. 

In December, Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer held a meeting with representatives of a number of government agencies, academia and municipalities to discuss a new comprehensive strategy against violent extremism and terrorism.

The meeting followed up on the dialogue conducted earlier in the year, when a large number of government agencies, municipalities and researchers were invited to share their experiences and thoughts as part of efforts to draft the new strategy. The agenda for the meeting included which measures the stakeholders considered important if the strategy is to have an impact, and which partners may be important in efforts to combat violent extremism and terrorism. 

“Violent extremism and terrorism threaten citizens’ safety and our fundamental rights and freedoms. This new strategy will be an important tool in strengthening Sweden’s overall action against terrorism and violent extremism. I therefore welcome the insights and experiences presented by the participants, who among other things highlighted the importance of preventive measures and close collaboration between government agencies and other actors in society,” says Mr Strömmer.

New strategy against violent extremism and terrorism

The Government has drafted a new comprehensive national strategy against violent extremism and terrorism. The strategy takes a long-term approach to work at local, regional, national and international level. This type of crime must be prevented and combatted with the full force of society. Read more about the strategy here: