This policy area deals with the military defence sector and coordination with the civil defence sector, as well as with issues concerning the national total defence service. The area also includes bilateral and multilateral defence and defence equipment cooperation, admission to Swedish territory, defence intelligence operations and communications security.

Responsible for defence

Responsible ministers

Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence
Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Morgan Johansson
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

Responsible ministries

News about defence

  • US Secretary of Defence expressed strong support for Sweden’s NATO application

    Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin standing outside surrounded by soldiers and a Swedish flag.
    Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin at the meeting in Washington DC. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 18 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Washington DC to discuss Sweden’s application for NATO membership and the security environment in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • EU’s Strategic Compass and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in focus at EU defence minister meeting

     Jan-Olof Lind talking to other persons.
    State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind represented Sweden at the meeting. Photo: The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels

    On 17 May, EU defence ministers met in Brussels to discuss how to implement the EU’s Strategic Compass. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was also on the agenda. State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind represented Sweden at the meeting.

  • The Government has decided 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.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Here you will find information about the Government’s work related to the security situation in Ukraine.

Photo: Jimmy Croona/Swedish Armed Forces

Objectives for Swedish total defence 2021–2025

In the government bill ‘Totalförsvaret 2021–2025’ (Total Defence 2021–2025), the Government is proposing a substantial increase of capabilities in both military and civilian defence.

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Development of modern total defence

The total defence includes all activities preparing the society for war and consists of both civil and military defence. The defence bill for 2016–2020 aimed at ensuring the overall capability of Swedish total defence.

Photo: Nato

The Swedish way: International defence cooperation

Sweden has extensive defence cooperation with other states and organisations. This cooperation is an integral part of the solidarity-based security policy upon which Sweden builds security together with others.

Photo: Anton Thorstensson/Swedish Armed Forces

Defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

Sweden's most far-reaching defence cooperation is its cooperation with Finland. The two countries have similar security policies, and they both wish to expand their already extensive defence cooperation.

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