Sweden sends out information pamphlets on how to cope with war

Sergio Cunningham
May 22, 2018

It is the first public awareness campaign on the topic since the Cold War.

Propaganda and informational booklets were released across Sweden since the Second World War.

The 20-page document outlines with simple illustrations the threats that the Nordic nation is facing such as military conflict, natural disaster and terror attacks similar to the deadly Stockholm truck attack past year.

"Although Sweden is safer than many other countries, there are still threats to our security and independence", the brochure says.

"It's important that everyone has knowledge of what can threaten us so we can prepare in case something serious occurs".

"The goal of the brochure is to help us become better prepared for everything from serious accidents, extreme weather and IT attacks, to military conflicts", the brochure states.

"It might affect our import of goods like food and so on".

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Sweden, which is not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, does not share a border with Russian Federation, but the two nations are connected across the Baltic Sea, where Moscow has a naval base in Baltiysk, located in the Kaliningrad region east of the Stockholm coastline.

Recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines has also contributed to a more-intense climate in the country.

And Stockholm has started reversing military spending cuts and previous year staged its biggest military exercises in almost a quarter of a century, as well as voting to reintroduce conscription and unveilling joint plans with Denmark to counter Russian cyber-attacks and disinformation.

The commission recommended investing 400 million euros per year to modernise the military and civilian defence systems, allowing people to store water and food for a week so the nation could stand a blockade for three months. Sweden is not a member of NATO, but it has contributed to NATO-led operations and enjoys bilateral ties with the alliance through the Partnership for Peace and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. These are just some of the things Sweden has advised every household to stock up on in the case of war.

But Sweden and other countries in the region have been on high alert since Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March, 2014. The nation also resumed military activities on Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea.

Sweden has not gone to war with another country for over two centuries, but that hasn't stopped the government from reissuing an emergency manual from World War II that advises citizens on how best to cope with hypothetical hostilities.

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