“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.