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Sweden is a country located in Northern Europe with an area of 450,295 km2 (land boundries: 2,211 km and costline 3,218 km). The capital of Sweden is Stockholm. The number of inhabitants is 10,385,347.

The Swedish military cooperates closely with the military forces of other Nordic countries through the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO), which consists olso of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Sweden is a signatory of the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and contributes to CSDP missions and operations. In 2022 Sweden applied for NATO membership and was formally invited to join the alliance at the NATO Summit in Madrid. The inventory of the SAF is comprised of domestically-produced and imported Western weapons systems. The United States is the leading supplier of military hardware.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (North Atlantic Alliance) is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949. NATO is a system of collective security: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by others countries. NATO's main headquarters are located in Brussels. The following twelve states signed the treaty and became the founding members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. The following states joined the treaty after 1949: Greece, Germany, Turkey and Spain. Members who joined after the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, several NATO countries sent army to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank. Alliance had deployed 40,000 troops along its 2,500 kilometres long Eastern flank to deter possible Russian aggression. On 5 July the North Atlantic Alliance members signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland and formally approved the decisions of the NATO summit.

Finland joined the alliance on 4 April 2023.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 12 billion $ 1157.71 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 23,600 3,142,889
Reserve personnel: 31,300 2,748,132
Available for military: 2,065,782 206,903,543

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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 121 14,125
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,071 86,709
Total artillery: 268 12,997
Self-propelled artillery: 48 4,359
Rocket artillery: 0 2,485

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 207 21,104
Fighter aircraft: 0 1,104
Multirole aircraft: 94 3,586
Attack aircraft: 0 728
Helicopters: 53 8,293
UCAV (combat drone): 0 556

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 186 1,916
Aircraftcarriers: 0 28
Destroyers: 0 119
Frigates: 0 113
Corvettes: 7 54
Submarines: 5 144

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
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Nuclear weapons

Sweden

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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Military service

Sweden

18-47 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; Swedish citizenship required; service obligation: 7.5 months (Army), 7-15 months (Navy), 8-12 months (Air Force); the Swedish Parliament has abolished compulsory military service, with exclusively voluntary recruitment as of July 2010; conscription remains an option in emergencies; after completing initial service, soldiers have a reserve commitment until age 47.

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