International development cooperation

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.

Responsible for international development cooperation

Responsible minister

Johan Forssell Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Responsible ministry

News about international development cooperation

  • The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Illustration: The UN

    The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

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: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

International development cooperation strategies

The strategies govern Sweden’s international development cooperation with and humanitarian assistance to other countries and regions, in thematic areas and with multilateral organisations.

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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