Swedish Presence in Afghanistan

Traditionally neutral and non-aligned, Sweden has actively sent troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world, from the Congo to Kosovo. There are currently some 500 Swedish soldiers taking part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, stationed around Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

But the mission is controversial with some voices calling for more development assistance instead of a military presence, especially after the deaths of Swedish soldiers in February 2010.