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Swedish arms exports increase in 2010

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 9 Mar 2011, 14:21

Published: 09 Mar 2011 14:21 GMT+01:00

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The figure represents an increase of 1 percent on 2009, according to the statistics published by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter - ISP) on Wednesday.

The report showed that 70 percent of Sweden's arms exports are to the EU and other established military partners.

"Of the total Swedish defence equipment exports, 70 percent goes to the EU and well established partners such as the US and South Africa," ISP director-general Andreas Ekman Duse said in a statement.

Major arms deals involving, for example, the JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet and Stridsfordon 90 armoured vehicle, to South Africa and the Netherlands respectively, are reflected in the statistics.

Sweden is the 11th largest arms exporter, according to figures for 2009 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

In 2010 42 percent of the country's exports went to other European Union and European Economic Area countries. A further 29 percent went to "established partners" outside of the EU such as Australia, Japan, Canada, Korea, Singapore, South Africa and the US.

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The remaining 29 percent went to a group of 20 countries with leading recipients including Pakistan (1.3 billion kronor), UAE (804 million kronor), India (696 million kronor), Thailand (498 million kronor) and Saudi Arabia (246 million kronor).

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:38 March 9, 2011 by Nemesis
Good news.

Glad to see weapons manufactured inside the EU instead of imported.

All Europeans countries should pull together to ensure that weapons purcahsing is done internally in the EU.

Exports are good as well. That means more jobs for Swedes.
20:19 March 9, 2011 by mojofat
Neutrality indeed...although I agree with @nemesis. It just seems hypocritical to lecture about neutrality while you're the 11th largest weapons dealer in the world.
20:55 March 9, 2011 by bolababu
"Defence Equipment" ..how nice! I'm beginning to hate the ease with which English language can be twisted to suit certain self-serving motives. Try translating that to Russian and Arabic, not even google-translate can make those words look good in those languages.
02:14 March 10, 2011 by anticommie
Swedish weapons killing brown people more efficiently. You all must be proud to produce such weapon to kill women and children of third world countries.
07:36 March 10, 2011 by isenhand

Sweden is not a neutral country nor has it been since 1995. It is, however, nonaligned but does have close cooperation with NATO and is one of the leading countries contributing to the defence of the EU, having a strong commitment to defending EU and leading the Nordic battle group.
10:28 March 10, 2011 by anonymmmj
it is really sad to see a country which sympathizes with human rights all over the world - yet under the surface exports massive amount of weapons. it's more like dr jackal and hyde - in the morning such a perfect image of human moral while at night murders people. i don't understand this double standard/hypocritical mentality of Swedish system . is this only to blame the manufacturing company along with its supportive partners ? or the people whom are immune to this?

there is a saying in our culture - it says " while you water a plant from the top you cut the roots from below " . i hope some anti-violence organizations should step up and prevent weapon manufacturing to limited amount or at least create policies that limit weapon exports and be limited to for its own country
13:00 March 10, 2011 by isenhand
Sweden does have limits on its exports and where it can export to. Sweden can, for example, only export to countries where they used the weapons for "self-defence". Removing weapons does not stop violence but have an effective armed forces can.
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