Military:  SWEDEN

Military branches:

Swedish Armed Forces (Forsvarsmakten): Army (Armen), Royal Swedish Navy (Marinen), Swedish Air Force (Svenska Flygvapnet) (2010)

Military service age and obligation:

18-47 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; Swedish citizenship required; service obligation: 7.5 months (Army), 7-15 months (Navy), 8-12 months (Air Force); the Swedish Parliament has abolished compulsory military service, with exclusively voluntary recruitment as of July 2010; conscription remains an option in emergencies; after completing initial service, soldiers have a reserve commitment until age 47 (2013)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,065,691

females age 16-49: 1,996,764 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,709,055

females age 16-49: 1,650,432 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 54,960

female: 52,275 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 94

Transnational Issues:  SWEDEN

Disputes - international:


Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 24,741 (Iraq); 19,416 (Somalia); 8,454 (Afghanistan); 6,414 (Eritrea); 6,051 (Syria) (2012)

stateless persons: 9,596 (2012); note - the majority of stateless people come from the Middle East and Somalia