The Security Service and the 2018 elections in Sweden

The Security Service is responsible for safeguarding Sweden's democratic system. This involves protecting the elections and the electoral system. The Security Service's work associated with the 2018 elections spans across several areas.

On 9 September 2018, Sweden will be holding national, regional and local elections. In this context, the Security Service is responsible for protecting Sweden and Swedish interests, meaning the democratic system and public confidence in the election process as well as in our elected representatives in the Central Government.

All our areas of operation are involved in ensuring that the election campaign and the election will be carried out safely and securely. This work involves:

  • advising government agencies and political parties on how to protect their critical functions from IT attacks, etc. and supporting them in these efforts
  • ensuring that government representatives and Members of Parliament will be able to carry out their election campaigns as planned
  • detecting threats from extremist circles and preventing these from being carried out, so that such threats will not disrupt the election campaigns or the elections
  • protecting the election process and the election, as well as public confidence in these, from threats from foreign powers, for example via influencing operations

The Security Service works closely with the Swedish Police, the Civil Contingencies Agency, the Election Authority, and others.

News about the 2018 elections

A man standing in a polling booth, with a picture of the Swedish parliament hanging in the background.

The Swedish Security Service is responsible for protecting the democratic system and public confidence in the election process as well as in our elected representatives in the Central Government. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT