Atlantic Council
April 30, 2013
83% of Swedes polled doubt whether Sweden can defend itself

From Local (Sweden):  A new Novus opinion poll showed that 83 percent of survey respondents doubted whether Sweden could defend itself. Ten percent said they did not know, leaving a slim sliver of six percent who trusted Sweden's defence.

"Above all I think there is a misunderstanding about what Sweden needs to defend itself against," Defence Minister Karin Enström told TV4 news channel. . . .

Recent revelations in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper that Russian military aircraft have performed fly-bys in close proximity to the Swedish border has stoked the debate of whether Sweden's defence capabilities are adequate.   (photo:

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