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Conscription proposal gains support in parliament

Published onsdag 29 oktober 2014 kl 09.07
Sweden's last group of conscripts reporting for duty in June 2010. Photo: Pontus Lundahl / TT.

A majority of parties in parliament support Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist's plans to possibly reintroduce some form of military conscription in Sweden.

Swedish Radio News polled the other parties and found that the opposition Christian Democrats, Liberal Party and Sweden Democrats favor the idea along with the Left Party.

The Moderates and government coalition partners the Greens oppose the change.

Sweden had compulsory military service but dropped the requirement in 2010. Hultqvist is considering bringing back a Norwegian model of conscription that has a mix of professional, full-time soldiers along with conscription.

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