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The Riksdag votes in favour of making it easier to receive military support from other countries

Published: 18 May 2022 at 16.18

Updated: 18 May 2022 at 16.44

The Government has proposed legislative amendments designed to improve opportunities for Sweden to receive military support in the form of military forces from other countries.

If Sweden finds itself at war or risk of war, the Government will be given the authority to request military support in the form of military forces from countries which are members of the European Union (EU) or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The Government will also have the authority to request military support from countries which are members of the EU or NATO in order to prevent violations of Swedish territory in peacetime or during a war between other countries. The Government will furthermore be able to transfer administrative tasks to countries providing military support.

The Riksdag's giving the Government the opportunity to take decisions of this nature creates better conditions for defending Sweden.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals. The amendments will come into force on 19 May 2022.

The matter was settled, even though it had been presented to the Chamber less than the normal two working days before the day of the decision.