Country / Region profile of: Sweden

Sweden does not have a recent history of conflict. Moreover, it is is a global leader in gender equality. Approximately 45 percent of the members of Parliament are women. Sweden is ranked 5 of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017 and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1980. In 2017, $5.56 bln was spent by Sweden on its military. Women have the same legal status and rights as men under the law, including under family law, property law, and inheritance law. Activists in Sweden speak out against the rise of violence against women and have succesfully brought gender issues to the foreforont of every debate. Recently, in 2016, Sweden achieved a long term target of achieving gender parity on boards of government agencies and according to data released by the World Economic Forum, has achieved gender parity in primary education. Despite Sweden's achievements, challenges remain, notably, sexual violence against women and girls. There is an active WILPF section in Sweden. 

"A feminist approach to foreign policy signals a commitment to feminist ethical principles of inclusion, human security, empathetic cooperation based on cosmopolitan norms, global justice, and peace. Part of that commitment is also to make gender conflicts of interest visible on the international arena." - Karin Aggestam


$ 5,560,000,000
Military expenditure
Sweden spends USD$5,560,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender equality in UN peacekeeping
This amount could cover more than half of the UN's entire peacekeeping budget, strengthening support for women peacekeepers, for a year.
NAP 1325
The Sweden NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments