Intelligence threat impacting on Sweden's total defence

2020-03-09

The intelligence threat to Sweden implies an increased threat to national security. Sweden's total defence requires an integrated approach across society to reduce vulnerabilities so as to mitigate interference and attacks by foreign powers.

"Yesterday's potential threats have become today's reality. Current threats include attempts by foreign powers to influence our country in many ways, such as seeking to underminde individuals' fundamental rights and freedoms, Sweden's national economy and our country's political and territorial independence", says Klas Friberg, Head of the Swedish Security Service.

The intelligence threat to Sweden is wide-ranging and implies a new increased threat to national security. Sensitive information is constantly being collected by foreign powers, long before we reach a potential heightened state of alert. Such activities aim to destabilise a country, if or when this is considered necessary, and to avoid a military conflict.

This situation has a direct impact on the development of the Swedish total defence.

"Sweden's total defence must rest on a solid foundation. To achieve this, society as a whole must take active steps to mitigate interference and attacks that are already taking place, here and now", says Mr Friberg.

The Security Service is tasked with reducing threats and vulnerabilities to protect Sweden and our country's democratic form of government. We do this by preventing foreign powers from conducting illegal intelligence activities targeting Sweden and Swedish interests. As part of these efforts, we carry out inspections and provide protective security advice.

"A high level of protective security must be in place to ensure that our country is safe and that Sweden's total defence continues to develop. Both public agencies and and private enterprises are responsible for and should give a higher priority to reducing vulnerabilities. Cooperation and interoperability are key steps to meet this goal", says Mr Friberg.