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Sweden’s Armed Forces had a shortage of new troops in 2017

File photo of Swedish troops. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Published: 12.Jan.2018 08:44 hrs

The number of people who signed up for the Swedish Armed Forces in 2017 fell below the required target.

According to public broadcaster Sveriges Radio, 2,230 people signed up last year but 3,500 were needed.

"It's of course serious that we didn’t succeed in filling the training places we need to fill, and in turn, fill troop numbers to the extent we require," Swedish Armed Forces head of recruitment Anders Åkermark told the broadcaster.

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