Yes to Sweden's NATO accession

Published: 22 March 2023 at 16.43

Updated: 22 March 2023 at 16.43

The Riksdag approved Sweden's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty and the Agreement on the Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Status Agreement regulates immunities and privileges for NATO and certain categories of staff. The Riksdag also voted in favour of the Government's proposal for legislative amendments.

Amendments to two laws will be required in connection with Sweden's application to accede to NATO: the Act on Operational Military Support and the Act on Immunity and Privileges in Certain Cases. The purpose of the legislative amendments is partly to make it easier for Sweden to request support from NATO in the form of military forces and partly to give NATO, the national representatives and international staff the immunities and privileges that are required under the agreement.

In connection with decisions concerning the Act on Operational Military Support, the decision must be taken by a majority of at least three-quarters, and more than half of the members of the Riksdag must take part in the vote. This is in accordance with the Instrument of Government, as the decision concerns the transfer of the exercise of public authority to another state.

The amendments will come into force on the date decided by the Government.