The Swedish government has started sending out information leaflets to the 4.8 million households in the country, telling them what to do in the event of a war.
This comes one month after Russian state-owned
television explained to Russians how to stock their bunkers with water
and basic foodstuffs in case a war breaks out.
distributed by the Swedish government, titled Om krisen eller kriget
kommer (If crisis or war comes), explains how people can secure basic
needs such as food, water and heat, what warning signals mean, where to
find bomb shelters and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defence”.
is the first time in more than half a century that Sweden is sending
out such leaflet. The 20-page pamphlet, illustrated with pictures of
sirens, warplanes and families fleeing their homes, also prepares the
population for dangers such as cyber and terror attacks and climate
change, and includes a page on identifying fake news.
brochure says: "Although Sweden is safer than many other countries,
there are still threats to our security and independence. If you are
prepared, you are contributing to improving the ability of the country
to cope with a major strain."
Similar leaflets were first
distributed in neutral Sweden in 1943, at the height of the second world
war. Updates were issued regularly to the general public until 1961,
and then to local and national government officials until 1991.
leaflet advises people to think about how to cope if there was no
heating, food became difficult to buy, prepare and store, there was no
water in the taps or toilet, and cash machines, mobile phones and the
internet stopped working.
It advises checking the source of all
information, warning that “states and organisations are already trying
to influence our values and how we act ... and reduce our resilience and
willingness to defend ourselves”.
detailed page of “home preparedness tips” advises the population to
stock up on water bottles, warm clothing and sleeping bags, and
“non-perishable food that can be prepared quickly, requires little water
or can be eaten without preparation”.
In the event of armed
conflict, it says, “everyone is obliged to contribute and everyone is
needed” for Sweden’s “total defence”: anyone between 16 and 70 “can be
called to assist in the event of the threat of war and war”.
has not been at war with another country for more than 200 years. If it
is attacked, the leaflet says, “we will never give up. All information
to the effect that resistance is to cease is false.”
Sweden distributes "be prepared for war" leaflet to all 4.8m homes
Wednesday 23 May 2018