Swedish embassy in Baghdad, Photo: Gunnar Lier/Scanpix

Foreign Ministry security costs soar

The Swedish Foreign Ministry says its costs for security in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have nearly tripled in two years.

To protect personnel from the ministry and the development assistance agency SIDA, the government has hired a Swedish security company called the Vesper Group. Its bill has increased from just under one million US dollars in 2009 to 2.4 million dollars last year.

Svante Liljegren, head of the security unit at the foreign ministry, says changing threats have led to increased security, for example at the office in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.

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