• Sweden's news in English

Nato gives high marks to Swedish military

David Landes · 26 Jul 2011, 16:46

Published: 26 Jul 2011 16:46 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The positive review of Swedish military capabilities comes from NATO's Planning and Review Process (PARP), which looked at Sweden's defence capabilities as a part of the country's participation in Nato's Partnership for Peace (PfP), which began in 1995.

"Even if the Armed Forces in extreme cases will still need to be dependent on a mobilisation of reserves, with support from the Home Guard, Sweden's newly developed functional combat forces have an operative capacity and combat competence which would in the first instance deter an attack and if that failed can defend the country against all but the most determined and drawn-out attacks," concluded NATO, according to a document published by the Swedish Defence Ministry.

"When it comes to national defence, Sweden's land (including the Home Guard), sea, and air combat forces, with support of the Armed Forces logistics organisation, maintain a significant capacity for an independent and coordinated action without support from others."

Speaking with Sveriges Radio (SR), Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors referred to the results of Nato's review as "unbelievably high marks" for the new Swedish defence model.

The report is based in part on a future constellation for Sweden's Armed Forces set to be put in place starting in 2014.

Despite the overall positive review from Nato, Fredrik Lindvall, a security analyst with the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), told SR the review is line with the defence and security policy Sweden has had for the last 20 years which presupposes a reliance on other nations.

Story continues below…

According to Tolgfors, Sweden's move to voluntary recruitment of soldiers remains a challenge, something which Nato also points out in its review.

"It's the main challenge ahead of us but we can also point out that so far we've had ten applicants per vacancy in the new basic military training for new volunteers," he said.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

22:23 July 26, 2011 by HolySmoke
I do not know about the regular army but the swedish reserve (so called "home guard" above) is a fraud ! I served in the hemvärnet (dual citizenship) and these guys can not even handle their weapons... do not trust this NATO report.

It is total bull*t
08:30 July 27, 2011 by RobinHood
This has got to be one of the most pointless evaluations ever. What other county might ever want to attack Sweden's homeland? The Danes? The Norwegians? The Mongolians? The Klingons?

How much did this evaluation cost? Who paid for it?
12:13 July 27, 2011 by rise
@ RobinHood

"What other county might ever want to attack Sweden's homeland?"

Who knows? I don't think the Americans would ever dream of being attacked by Japan either... And that's only some 70 years ago or so.
16:51 July 29, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Of course NATO gives high marks to Swedish military. Sweden is one of the very few countries contributing with war planes in the stupid NATO war in Libya.The evaluation is nothing but something paid by the Swedish government to support its NATO involvement and nothing more. And RobinHood is write by asking "what other country might ever want to attack Sweden's homeland? Well, maybe the nincompoopians, because...
10:26 July 30, 2011 by rise
The question about who would attack Sweden is as naive as it is stupid. Hopefully none whatsoever would attack, however with the lack of military, some country would of course have a hard time keeping their fingers out of Sweden. If nothing else so just because of Sweden's many rich natural resources.

Every country has a military. Either their own military or some other country's dito. I would prefer that Sweden is going to keep having its own.
22:52 September 17, 2011 by ro4ch
@J. L. Belmar is correct but there is another aspect to it. There are large enemies of Nato(Russia and China). When they make their moves they could use Sweden as a staging are to launch further attacks on bigger and more important Nato targets from Sweden. Nato wants Sweden to be able to defend itself instead of doing what Sweden did in WW2 just allowing Hitler in to grab resources and hide equipment.
08:30 September 25, 2011 by rise
@ ro4ch

"Nato wants Sweden to be able to defend itself instead of doing what Sweden did in WW2 just allowing Hitler in to grab resources and hide equipment."

The allies should be glad that Sweden was left fully intact so that for example England could keep up its import of our Bofors canons - after all it was thanks to England's royal air force as well as other air defenses that Hitler didn't succeed in taking England.

And by the way Hitler bought resources from Sweden, not just grabbing them. Neither did he hide equipment since his troops weren't even allowed to leave the trains but just passing trough - for example to Finland to help in defending against Soviet (I guess Sweden didn't want the Soviets coming too close).
08:41 May 25, 2012 by JohanJohan
@HolySmoke - You have no idea what you are talking about. The "home guard" you are referring to wouldn't be a part of our main offense/defense. Not even close. The military service you talk about is nothing more than a discipline school.
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available