Defence

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

  • Joint Expeditionary Force increases its presence in Sweden and Finland

    Peter Hultqvist standing outside being interviewed in front of a plane.
    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attending the JEF exercise at Skaraborg Air Force Wing in Såtenäs, Sweden. Photo: Viktoria Rinaldo/Swedish Armed Forces

    A number of exercises within the framework of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will be held in Sweden and Finland in the coming months, following the two countries’ applications for NATO membership. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended a JEF exercise at Skaraborg Air Force Wing (F 7) in Såtenäs on 5 July.

  • Additional military support to Ukraine

    Peter Hultqvist and Ukraine's  Ambassador to Sweden  standing up inside against the backdrop of a wooden wall.
    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Ukraine's Ambassador to Sweden Plakhotniuk Andrii to inform him about Sweden's additional military support to Ukraine. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    The Government has decided to provide additional military support to Ukraine. The support consists of materiel requested by Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, infantry support weapons and mine clearance equipment. In total, this support amounts to a value of approximately SEK 500 million.

  • 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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