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

Tobias Billström Minister for Foreign Affairs

Responsible ministry

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  • Efforts to strengthen Sweden’s security

    Illustration: The Government Offices

    Information about the Government’s measures to strengthen Sweden’s security, protect Swedish citizens and safeguard Swedish economic interests in light of the serious security situation is available here.


Sweden and NATO

On 22 March the Riksdag approved Sweden’s accession to NATO. Until all NATO countries have ratified Sweden’s application for NATO membership, it has the status of invitee country.

Read about Sweden's path to NATO membership:

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: Francisco Seco_AP_TT

Sweden’s support to those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

The earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria in February caused a humanitarian crisis for the people in the affected areas. Sweden and the EU have given extensive humanitarian support and provided experts and equipment. By April 2023, Sweden’s support totalled around EUR 50 million.

Billström in the speaking chair of the Riksdag
Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström presents the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The Statement summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2023. Photo: Anders Löwdin/Swedish Parliament

Government’s 2023 Statement of Foreign Policy

Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström today presented the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This year’s Statement of Foreign Policy is Mr Billström’s first in his ministerial post.

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