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Major General says Sweden can stay non-aligned

Can Sweden go it alone?
5:02 min
The head of Nato has made it clear Sweden is not a member

Does anyone want to invade a peaceful little country like Sweden? A couple of months ago the top officer in the armed forces said that Sweden can only defend itself for a week.

And then Norway and Nato chipped in, saying that Sweden is not a member and should not expect any help.

Currently Sweden's official policy is to not join any military alliances, giving the country the option of staying out of any possible future wars.

But Sweden is part of the Nato-led force in Afghanistan, and on Monday newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that Sweden has taken part in a military exercise in America's Nevada desert.

So what is Sweden's position in the world, and who does the military need to defend us from?

Radio Sweden talked to Dennis Gyllensporre, who is the head of the armed forces' plans and policy department.

Can Sweden still go it alone in the world today, as a non aligned state?

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