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Military defence

This area concerns military defence, coordination with civil defence and issues related to total defence service. This also includes cooperation on defence and defence materiel with other countries.

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Pål Jonson Minister for Defence

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  • Pål Jonson took part in meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

    Photo: NATO

    On 13–14 June, Pål Jonson took part in a meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels for the first time since Sweden became a full member of NATO. The agenda included discussions about NATO’s deterrence and defence capabilities and preparations ahead of the NATO Summit in Washington DC in July.

  • Sweden to contribute to NATO Air Policing

    The Government has decided to contribute aircraft to NATO Air Policing. The Swedish Armed Forces will thus have leeway to provide aircraft in the near future to carry out aerial surveillance under NATO’s command.

Ship with a Swedish flag at sea, with snow in the background.
A Swedish ship taking part in the JEF activity in the Baltic Sea in December 2023. Photo: JEF

Sweden takes part in JEF activity to protect critical underwater infrastructure in Baltic Sea

The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is once again increasing its presence in the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic to help protect critical underwater infrastructure.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices

Military support package 16 to Ukraine – new capability to strengthen Ukraine’s air defence and support to meet its prioritised needs

Today, 29 May, the Government is presenting its 16th and largest military support package to Ukraine to date since Russia’s full-scale invasion began. Sweden will provide Ukraine with a completely new capability to strengthen its collective air defence. The package, which will be part of an upcoming additional amending budget, amounts to SEK 13.3 billion and will meet Ukraine’s prioritised needs.

The Nordic defence ministers stands next to each other outside.
The Nordic defence ministers. Photo: The Danish Ministry of Defence

Joint vision to enhance Nordic defence cooperation

In connection with the NORDEFCO ministerial meeting on 29–30 April in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, the Nordic defence ministers signed Vision 2030, a steering document on Nordic defence cooperation going forward. 

Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

DCA bill submitted to Swedish Riksdag

The Government has decided to submit the Agreement on Defense Cooperation bill between Sweden and the United States to the Swedish Riksdag. The agreement complements Sweden’s NATO accession and strengthens the country’s defence by facilitating US military presence in Sweden.

The DCA bill will be submitted to Parliament today, Wednesday 8 May 2024.

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