Ministry of Defence

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

Responsible ministers

Pål Jonsson
Pål Jonson Minister for Defence
Carl-Oskar Bohlin
Carl-Oskar Bohlin Minister for Civil Defence

News from Ministry of Defence

  • Press conference on the NATO accession process and Swedish security

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    After a meeting of the new National Security Council on 24 January, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson held a press conference on the NATO accession process and Swedish security.

  • Sweden and Finland cooperate on additional support package for Ukraine

    Photo: Johan Hjelmstrand/Government Offices of Sweden

    Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and Finland’s Minister of Defence Mikko Savola have signed a Finnish-Swedish letter of intent that will enable Finland to provide Ukraine with heavy military weapons at a replacement cost of more than SEK 4.11 billion (EUR 370 million).

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

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. 

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. Here you will find news relating to the meetings of the Ministry of Defence.

Norwegian Minister for Defence Bjørn Arild Gram, Finnish Minister for Defence Antti Kaikkonen and Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.
Norwegian Minister for Defence Bjørn Arild Gram, Finnish Minister for Defence Antti Kaikkonen and Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. Photo: Philip Linder/Norwegian Armed Forces

Minister for Defence Pål Jonson to take part in NORDEFCO and Northern Group’s ministerial meeting

The meeting will mainly focus on Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Europe’s changing security environment and future Nordic defence cooperation.

The ministers during a press conference
Pål Jonson, Minister for Defence, Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister and Johan Forssell, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade during a press conference on November 16. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Government to send record support package to Ukraine

The Government is moving ahead on a winter package to Ukraine. The package is the largest to date and includes military and humanitarian support and support for rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.

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