Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for issues concerning Sweden’s military defence, coordination of civil defence and crisis preparedness, and protection against accidents. Its strategic planning includes international operations and security-building activities, which the agencies are instructed to implement and follow up.

News from Ministry of Defence

  • Expansion of successful training package for Ukrainian military

    Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

    The Swedish Government has given the Swedish Armed Forces a framework mandate to carry out and take part in military training of Ukrainian citizens in 2024. Ukraine has greatly appreciated the training support Sweden has provided thus far. Ongoing training activities are now being extended, with the possibility to supplement previous training initiatives with additional activities.

  • Government presents largest military support package to Ukraine to date

    Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

    On 20 February, the Government presented the 15th and largest military support package to Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on 24 February 2022. Package 15 amounts to SEK 7.1 billion in current prices.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Folk och Försvars annual national conference in Sälen

Between 7-9 of January, Folk och Försvars annual national conference is held in Sälen. The conference is a meeting place for the Swedish security and defence policy community. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson participates at the conference together with Minister for Justice Gunnar Strömmer, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin.

A swedish and an american flag blows in the wind with trees in the background.
The Swedish and the American flag. Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Defence Cooperation Agreement with the US signed

Represented by Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Sweden and the US have signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). This means that the countries have agreed on the conditions for US forces to operate in Sweden.

Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden and NATO

On 16 May 2022 the Government, with broad support in the Riksdag, decided to apply for NATO membership. On 5 July 2022, all NATO member countries signed the Accession Protocol for Sweden. Until all NATO countries have ratified Sweden’s application for NATO membership, it has the status of invitee country. Sweden is now gradually being integrated into NATO’s political and military structures. On 8 March 2023, the Government submitted the bill on Sweden’s NATO membership to the Riksdag for approval, and on 22 March the Riksdag approved Sweden’s accession to NATO.

Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Försvarsmakten

Sweden's support to Ukraine

Since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sweden has provided military, humanitarian and civil support to support Ukraine. Since February 2022, Sweden contributed approximately SEK 37 billion (approx. EUR 3,2 billion*) to various initiatives that support Ukraine (20 February 2024). Together with the EU, Sweden has also adopted macroeconomic support and several sanctions packages against Russia.

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