Swedes told to prepare for conflict in Cold War-style booklet

Angelo Anderson
May 22, 2018

The Swedish government has given out an emergency pamphlet to prepare millions of citizens for a war, natural disaster or cyber attack amid soaring tensions between Russian Federation and the West.

The Swedish government is issuing pamphlets explaining how citizens should prepare for a multitude of potential crises from terrorist attacks to all-out war, saying: "Sweden is safer than many other countries but threats exist".

As a highly developed social democracy now ranked among the world's most peaceful nations in the Global Peace Index, Sweden may seem like an unlikely battleground.

The decision has been taken by the government after repeated Russian violations of Swedish airspace and territorial waters.

Produced by the Swedish civil contingencies agency, it includes a page of information on spotting fake news and disinformation, noting "states and organisations are already trying to influence our values and how we act... and reduce our resilience and willingness to defend ourselves".

It offers examples of food people should store in case of war, suggesting oat milk, tins of Bolognese sauce, salmon balls, tortillas and sardines are good staples. Families are advised to allow at least three litres of water per person.

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The leaflet's publisher, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, did not spell out where an attack might come from.

In the event of a national emergency, Swedes are urged to "be on the lookout for misleading information" and not to engage in "spreading rumours". It contains tips for how to ensure you can access water, food and heating in case of a crisis, and it lists tips for how to communicate with one's surroundings in emergency situations.

"Society becomes more and more vulnerable", said Eliasson. Fire should be used sparingly in a closed room so as not to consume too much oxygen.

"If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up", according to the pamphlet that will be distributed during the May 28-June 3 Emergency Preparedness Week. "Everyone from the age of 16 to 70 can be called to assist in "the event of a threat of war and war".

Earlier this year, when the plan to produce the booklets was first announced, Swedish security service (S├Ąpo) chief Anders Thornberg said Islamic extremism continues to pose the major threat to the public, warning that the risk of terrorism taking place in Sweden has not decreased since the deadly attack in Stockholm last year carried out by failed asylum seeker Rakhmat Akilov.

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