Sweden prepares for war

It’s been only a year and a half since Sweden submitted its Nato application, marking a sharp change in the historically neutral country’s approach to defence and international relations. But in recent weeks a looming sense of potential conflict has swept the country as citizens were warned to prepare themselves for the possibility of war.

Although not everybody will be required to do military service – only a small proportion of the population is called up against their will – as of Friday, the government is also restarting compulsory civic duty, a form of national service which was dismantled after the cold war.

In a speech at a national defence conference earlier in the month, the prime minister, Ulf Kristersson, invoked bomb shelters in Kyiv as he said: “Step by step, we are now building up the new total defence. And on 19 January, Sweden reactivates the civil obligation.” Telling the population that it was up to citizens to ensure Sweden’s security, he said: “Citizenship is not a travel document”.

Kristersson also announced plans to send forces to Latvia, despite Sweden not yet being a full member of Nato. “We waste no time waiting for the final ratifications,” he said, referring to stalling from Nato members Hungary and Turkey.

Experts said the national service announcement was a sign that civil defence is now a national priority.

Dr Sanna Strand, a researcher in Stockholm University’s economic history and international relations department, said: “Politicians from across the political spectrum are pointing to the importance of a prepared and resilient population, often by giving the Ukrainian people as an example.”

Calling up those who do not want to do military service was a “notable step”, Strand said. “Politicians are now clearly emphasising the importance of doing one’s duty to the country – even openly questioning the loyalty of certain groups, as Kristersson did when he was critiquing the attitude of some immigrants to Swedish citizenship at the recent Swedish defence conference.”

She added: “It will be interesting to see how young people react when less than 10% of the age group is called upon to do their duty … while most of their friends do not have to.”


I would like to see Hungary thrown out of NATO and the EU.

There is a point when a leader should not be among democratic republics. There is a time when a full consensus exists except for one hold out that does not belong at all. Russia would swallow Hungary within 100 days.

Hungarians could get a life if the threat was made. The threat has to be acted upon if things do not radically change. Orban is typical Eastern European garbage as a leader. Western Europe should never put up with this.

Erdogan would be next. If you do not want to be in the club okay. We are not talking about simple majorities. We are talking well beyond supermajorities. Yet Turkey and Hungary resist our defense?


He needs to face down a Russian tank.


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