Expected defense budget for Sweden 2016-2020

In a government bill from 2014/15 about the worsening security political state in Europe, the Swedish government proposed to increase the budget for defense. In the proposal, the defense budget was expected to grow from 2016 to 2020 and reach a peak of just over 50 billion Swedish kronor in 2020.

Expected budget and actual expenses for the Swedish defense

      In the government bill, the proposed defense budget for 2017 was almost 45 billion Swedish kronor. During that year, the actual public expenditure on defense was around ten billion higher, at almost 50 billion Swedish kronor.    

Defense expenditure is the fifth highest expenditure share

      The expenditure on defense composed five percent of the total public expenditure in Sweden in 2017. That was the fifth largest expenditure share. The largest expenditure was for social protection, which composed 40 percent of the total public expenditure. Social protection includes both benefits, such as social welfare, pension and health insurance, and subventions for health and childcare.

Expected defense budget for Sweden from 2016 to 2020

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Release date

April 2015



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