Current international missions

The Swedish Armed Forces currently serves in more than twenty countries. Our missions overseas primarily involve peacekeeping troops providing support to security efforts. Some 360* Swedish military personnel currently serve abroad. Missions vary in size, some only involve a few observers or advisers, whereas other missions involve hundreds of deployed military personnel. At home, our rapid reaction units are always prepared to deploy to any part of the country.

*As of February 2020.

Afghanistan (Resolute Support Mission)

Since the end of 2001, Sweden has contributed military forces to NATO-led operations in Afghanistan. The initial focus of the Swedish mission centred on the region around the capital, Kabul, where Swedish troops supported Afghan security forces. When NATO operations subsequently widened to the rest of the country, Swedish personnel joined a group led by United Kingdom forces in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Central African Republic (EUTM RCA)

The training initiative in the Central African Republic involves around 170 people from a number of European countries. This initiative was established to provide support to the national army. Sweden is contributing approximately 15 staff; eight people were deployed in 2018.

Hungary (HAW)

Heavy Airlift Wing, (HAW), is a multinational initiative that includes Sweden as its second largest nation, with 550 annual flying hours. The other eleven participating countries are: Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and the United States.

India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

Established in 1949, UNMOGIP supervises the ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Iraq

Sweden’s military involvement in Iraq consists of a force of 70 servicemen and women that are tasked with training Iraqi armed forces. The aim of the mission is to help Iraqi armed forces resist the development of the so-called Islamic State (IS). If necessary, the Swedish detachment can be temporarily reinforced by an additional 120 members of staff.

Korea (NNSC)

The task of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, (NNSC), has evolved over time, and is currently focused on maintaining the validity of the truce mechanism between North and South Korea, aided by a Swedish and Swiss presence in the demilitarised zone.

Kosovo (KFOR)

KFOR is a NATO-led multi-national force responsible for establishing and maintaining peace and security in Kosovo. This includes maintaining general law and order, and ensuring that agreements that were reached between factions at the end of the Kosovo war are adhered to. The force also supports the UN transitional administration in the province.

Mali (EUTM Mali)

At the request of the Malian government, and on the basis of UN resolutions, the EU agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces. The First Mandate for the EUTM (EU Training Mission) in Mali was established in February 2013.

Mali (MINUSMA)

In April 2013, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2100, which established the United Nations' Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, (MINUSMA). In July 2013, the military forces of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, (AFISMA), was integrated into the UN mission.

Middle East (UNTSO)

UNTSO was established in 1948 to monitor ceasefires and peace agreements between Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria.

Somalia (EUTM Somalia)

The European Union Training Mission Somalia, (EUTM), was launched in April 2010. The purpose of the initiative is to contribute to the stabilisation of the security situation in Somalia in accordance with the 2008 Djibouti agreement.

Sverige har återigen militär personal i FN:s mission i Västafrika, Minurso. Från den 21 juli tjänstgör 4 svenska officerare i missionen.
Western Sahara (MINURSO)

Western Sahara is situated in the north-western part of Africa, surrounded by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. Until 1976, Spain controlled the area, but left following a protracted armed conflict with the guerilla movement Frente Polisario (Frente Popular de Liberación de Saguía el Hamra y Río de Oro). Following Spain's departure, Mauritania and Morocco advanced into the area, and the Frente Polisario took up battle against the new rulers.

Yemen (UNMHA)

Over the last four years, the ongoing conflict in Yemen has escalated to a catastrophic level with large parts of the population in need of humanitarian aid to avoid starvation.