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Pål Jonson

Minister for Defence

Ministry of Defence

“The defence of Sweden is a core task of the State and fundamental to our democracy and freedom. Stronger defence, NATO membership and support to Ukraine enhance our security in uncertain times.”

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  • Joint vision to enhance Nordic defence cooperation

    The Nordic defence ministers stands next to each other outside.
    The Nordic defence ministers. Photo: The Danish Ministry of Defence

    In connection with the NORDEFCO ministerial meeting on 29–30 April in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, the Nordic defence ministers signed Vision 2030, a steering document on Nordic defence cooperation going forward. 

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden supports Czech ammunition initiative for artillery shells to Ukraine

Sweden intends to provide EUR 30 million in support for a Czech ammunition initiative for artillery shells to Ukraine. The Government has authorised the Defence Materiel Administration to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the responsible authority in Czechia.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Flag raising ceremonies were held at the Riksdag and Karlberg Palace

On Monday 18 March, Sweden’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was celebrated with flag raising ceremonies at the Riksdag and Karlberg Palace. HM The King, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Bydén took part in the ceremonies. At Karlberg Palace, an address was also delivered to the ambassadors of the NATO countries in Sweden.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Deeper defence cooperation between Sweden and Germany

On 5 March, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson received his German counterpart Boris Pistorius. During the visit, they discussed the security situation, current NATO and EU issues, support to Ukraine and bilateral defence cooperation. The defence ministers also signed a joint letter of intent on deeper cooperation between Sweden and Germany.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Government presents largest military support package to Ukraine to date

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.

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