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Foreign and security policy

Foreign policy is about Sweden’s relations with and policies towards other countries. Preventing risks and threats is an important part of security policy, which in turn is part of foreign policy. Swedish policy is pursued via direct relations with other countries and also through bodies such as the EU and the UN.

Responsible for foreign and security policy

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Tobias Billström Minister for Foreign Affairs

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  • Statements of Foreign Policy

    Mr Billström speaking in the Riksdag
    Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström presents the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag following Sweden’s accession to NATO. Photo: Anders Löwdin/The Riksdag

    The Statement of Foreign Policy 2024 contains the Government’s foreign policy objectives and priorities for the year.

    Sweden joining NATO entails a historic, profound and immediate change in Sweden’s foreign and security policy. Because of this, the Government has presented a supplementary Statement of Foreign Policy.

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Government’s response to situation in Israel and Palestine

On 7 October 2023, Hamas carried out a terrorist attack against Israel. The security situation in the region has seriously deteriorated since then. Information about the Government’s response to the situation and the subsequent war is provided here.

Close-up on a soldiers eyes
Relations between Sweden and NATO date back to 1994 when Sweden joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP). Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden in NATO

On 7 March 2024, Sweden became a full member of NATO. NATO is a defence Alliance whose purpose is to safeguard the Allies’ freedom and security. Here you will find information about Sweden’s role, and the Government’s work and policies on NATO.

Photo: Lev Radin SipaUSA/TT

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. Together with the EU, Sweden has also adopted macroeconomic support and several sanctions packages against Russia.

Photo: mangan02/Wikimedia Commons

2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

A safer, greener and freer Nordic region – this is the focus of the 2024 Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The vision of the Nordic region being the world’s most integrated and sustainable region by 2030 will shape the Swedish Presidency

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