Sweden confirms 2018 defence spending increase

22 September 2017

Sweden has put forward a budget bill for 2018 requesting an additional SEK2.7 billion (USD338.7 million) for defence including SEK2.3 billion for military activities.

The bill – announced on 20 September – comes after the governing Social Democrat Party and Green Party coalition reached an agreement with the opposition Moderates and Centre Party in August to increase defence spending by SEK2.7 billion each year from 2018; a total of SEK8.1 billion over prior spending plans.

The Swedish Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement that the funding will be geared towards increased training activities; increased unit activities and preparedness; enabling “army combat forces to take action simultaneously involving two brigades with acceptable capability”; and giving “priority to measures aimed at ensuring military units with [the] lowest battle readiness in order to increase their capabilities.”

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