In 2012, a number of products were stopped from leaving Sweden, or
transferring via our country, to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
programmes in other countries. One of our main concerns in this area is to prevent the financing, via Sweden, of such products and also to
prevent Swedish expertise from being used to develop WMDs in other
In our view, one of the most important ways of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is to visit companies and research institutes that have access to the products, technology or expertise needed to develop this type of weapon. As this often concerns dual-use products, i.e. products with both military and civilian applications, companies are not always aware that they are manufacturing items that could be used to develop WMDs. Visits to trade fairs and industry events, sometimes with the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, give us an opportunity to reach out to many companies at the same time, to inform them about current legislation and the importance of applying for export permits for products subject to export control.