02
Mar
2017
media Ifri in the Media
Barbara KUNZ, cited by the BBC

Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription - a move backed by the country's MPs. Why is this happening? And how will it work? How does it impact regional security? And which other European countries have conscription?

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The decision means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from 1 January 2018, a defence ministry spokeswoman told the BBC. They will be selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to undergo a military assessment, Marinette Nyh Radebo said. Non-aligned Sweden is worried about Russia's Baltic military drills. In September, a Swedish garrison was restored to Gotland, a big island lying between the Swedish mainland and the three ex-Soviet Baltic states.

According to a 2015 research paper by Barbara Kunz of the Cerfa at IFRI, Sweden has about 52,000 full-time military personnel - 20,000 of them permanent staff and most of the others Home Guard members.

Read the full article on the BBC website.

Research paper: "Sweden's Nato Workaround: Swedish security and defense policy against the backdrop of Russian revisionism", Focus stratégique, No. 64, November 2015.

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