A Russian fighter plane flew close to a Swedish surveillance plane on Monday, in an incident that has been called very unusual.
- Encounter over the Baltic Sea.
The Swedish army recruitment agency has now sent letters to almost every 18-year-old eligible for the draft next year. Radio Sweden asked one of them, a US dual-citizen, how he feels about it.
- Bunkers and stockpiles
To raise Sweden's total defence capabilities, the government is calling on the country's local and county councils to make sure that they have protected safe havens where they can function in times of war or national crisis.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has reaffirmed the red-green government's commitment to the defense of the Swedish island of Gotland and the country's overall security.
- New Alliance.
Sweden's authorities needs to strike an agreement with social media companies to allow them to contact citizens in a national crisis, the head of cybersecurity at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has told Radio Sweden.
- Will brief politicians and media.
Sweden's prime minister Stefan Löfven has outlined a three-point plan to stop foreign powers from influencing the coming 2018 election.
- Welcomed by Armed Forces chief.
The Swedish Armed Forces will receive an additional SEK 500 million this year to help boost Sweden's defence, the government and three opposition parties announced Monday - a decision welcomed by Sweden's Supreme Commander.
- No security improvement.
Sweden’s civilian and military efforts in Afghanistan have failed to achieve set goals, according to government investigators.
- Still focus on voluntary enlistment.
Klas Eskell, the director of human resources for the Swedish Armed Forces, spoke with Radio Sweden about the reinstatement of the draft and why this decision is necessary in today’s world.
- Men and women.
The red-green government has formally decided to reintroduce compulsory military service for all those born in or after 1999.
- Supreme Commander: Some proposals are secret because they will expose shortcomings(1:23 min) (1:23 min)2017 budget request.
Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, is requesting an additional 6.5 billion SEK to increase the military’s capabilities in the coming years.
- Karlshamn votes yes.
The government said late Monday it will not discourage a local municipality from renting out its port as a base for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, saying it has been given assurances security at the port will be high.
Swedish Radio reports that the government has changed course and now says leasing a Swedish port to help build a Russian-backed undersea pipeline is no longer a security risk. A government spokeswoman, however, denied the report.
- Society and Defence conference.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has opened up for increasing funding for the Swedish Armed Forces in the coming years, while the centre-right opposition parties are pushing for a boost in defence spending as early as this year.