“Sweden is part of a military strategic unit that connects both the Baltic region and the Arctic region,” emphasizes Sweden’s Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist.
Hultqvist recently visited Sollefteå in Central Sweden to attend the reopening of the military division known as Västernorrland’s regiment (I 21).
Long-term Swedish defense plan
The re-establishment of Västernorlanld’s regiment with Jämtland’s Marine Corps (I 21) is one of a number of comprehensive initiatives taken within the framework of Sweden’s latest long-term plan for the Armed Forces, which was adopted in December 2020.
According to the Swedish government, the purpose is to strengthen Sweden’s defense capacity as the security policy situation in Sweden’s neighboring areas has deteriorated over time, and the need for a military presence throughout Sweden has become increasingly clear.
Establishing a permanent military presence at the geographical center in the southern parts of Norrland County is important, especially for operational reasons, according to a press release from the Swedish Ministry of Defense.
From the Baltic Sea to the Arctic
In addition to Västernorrland’s regiment, Sweden is also reopening five other regiments from north to south in the country.
“The Defense Decision 2020 also strengthens Sweden’s military capacity in Sweden’s geographical center and the inauguration here today is part of this development. Sweden is part of a military strategic unit that connects both the Baltic Sea region and the Arctic region. A permanent presence here is necessary “, says Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist in the press release.
Sweden’s military capacity is also strengthened in northern Sweden, one of the areas that previously received less security policy focus in Sweden.
“What is happening in Sollefteå today is about the defense of Sweden. In summary, it is about defending our country, our freedom, our integrity and our sovereignty “, Hultqvist added.