Minister for Defence, Karin Enström. Photo: Ulf Palm/Scanpix

Billion krona boost for Swedish Armed Forces

The government has proposed a SEK 1.4 billion increase in funding to the armed forces over the next four years.

“The aim of the increase is to strengthen Sweden’s defence capability,” Minister for Defence Karin Enström told Swedish Radio, adding that the money would be mainly used for personnel and training.

“It’s important that the armed forces can raise their defence capabilities.”

Earlier this year the Commander in Chief of the Swedish Armed Forces Sverker Göranson sparked a controversy when he claimed that Sweden was incapable of defending itself in the event of a military attack lasting more than a week.

The director of the armed forces Peter Sandwall welcomed the proposal for an increase in funding, but said there are still a long way to go before the country’s military is properly funded. A parliamentary committee is currently reviewing the long term needs of the Swedish military.

“It’s a basically positive decision. But there are still a number of long term issues regarding the role of the Swedish Armed Forces and the budget - not least in terms of equipment,” he said.

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