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

Responsible minister

Ann Linde, Utrikes­minister
Ann Linde Minister for Foreign Affairs

Responsible ministry

News about foreign and security policy

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Photo: Frida Drake/Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    The Swedish Government’s stance is clear: support to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and a stronger Sweden. Sweden, the EU and many other countries are standing with Ukraine.

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

Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Hon har på sig blåa kläder och  står framför en grå vägg.
Utrikesminister Ann Linde. Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

Anne Linde presents new 2022 Statement of Foreign Policy

On 10 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented a new Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This Statement of Foreign Policy is Ms Linde’s fourth as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

UNGA
United Nations General Assembly Photo: Åke E:son Lindman

Sweden and the UN

The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s action to address global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation.

Foto: UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Feminist foreign policy

Gender equality is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls enjoy fundamental human rights is an obligation within our international commitments and prerequisite to achieving Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals – peace, security and sustainable development.

Map over the European Union.
The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas. Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden in the EU

Being a member of the EU means that Sweden has a direct influence on and is directly affected by EU decisions. The Government’s main role in the EU context is to represent Sweden in the European Council and in the Council of the European Union.

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