PM Löfven sets out new security strategy

The Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven (S), wrote an opinion piece in Dagens Nyheter on Sunday, outlining the government’s new national security strategy, as he attended a major national defence conference (Folk och Försvar) in Sälen. The Social Democrat leader notes that the geopolitical security situation, globally and regionally, has changed dramatically over the past few years. Löfven lists eight concrete threats to Sweden’s security. Firstly, military threats such as a direct attack on Sweden. Second, threats to Sweden’s information and cyber-security infrastructures. Third, threats related to terrorism and violent extremism. Fourth, threats related to organised crime. Fifth, climate-related threats to Sweden’s future energy dependency. Sixth, threats against transportation and infrastructure. Seventh, threats against public and private health. Finally, threats related to climate change.

DN’s political commentator, Ewa Stenberg, commented that the most unexpected part of Löfven’s security strategy was that he predicted Russia may try to affect the Swedish elections next year, as they allegedly did with the US elections. “How will the government act to prevent this?” asks Stenberg. During his speech in Sälen, the PM also warned that Russia’s interference in the US election could be repeated: “There is nothing to say that Swedish elections will be spared in the future. That’s why information and cyber security is part of this strategy,” Löfven said, reports Sveriges Radio.

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Edgar Mannheimer is a journalist at Mundus News. Edgar has a passion for politics, foreign affairs and music. He grew up in Egypt, the US, Stockholm, and Jordan, following his mother’s job as a foreign correspondent. Bilingual with English as an academic language and Swedish as his mother tongue, he returned to Sweden to study at Lund University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. During his time in Lund he was editor-in-chief of Radio UPF, the radio committee of the Association of Foreign Affairs, and also started a music program as a solo project. After Lund, he moved to Stockholm and recieved a Master’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University’s media institution, JMK.