They called for increased resilience, especially among civilians as Sweden is expected to join NATO in 2024.
Bohlin expressed concern that the modernisation of the Swedish civil defence system was not happening fast enough and urged everyone, from managers and local councillors to private citizens, to take action.
“Many have said it before me, but let me say it with the force of my office – there could be a war in Sweden.”, he said, adding that awareness needs to be translated into practical action.
Bydén, the Swedish Commander-in-Chief, agreed with Bohlin, emphasising the need for mental preparation and a shift from awareness to action.
“On an individual level, you have to prepare yourself mentally,” Bydén said, adding, “This is a very serious situation, and the clarity yesterday was unmistakable. It is now about moving from words and understanding to action”.
While noting recent security improvements, Bydén supported Sweden’s full NATO membership, emphasising the urgency.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is now tasked with helping essential entities and war-critical authorities build wartime organisations. The government aims to analyse and enhance the security of the supply of health products in response to the evolving situation.