In an interview with TV4, the supreme commander of the Swedish armed forces Micael Bydén warns of a possible threat of war and urges citizens to “mentally prepare” for war. Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin (M) agrees and calls for “total resilience”.
– It is not all doom and gloom, but we must understand how serious the situation really is and make mental preparations down to the individual level, says Bydén, comparing it to the situation in Ukraine.
He urges people to think about what they would do if a similar situation arose in Sweden, and not just rely on hope or someone else to do the job.
– The more people who have thought, considered and prepared, the stronger our society will be.
Civil defense minister agrees
Civil defense minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin (M) shares the same message as the supreme commander, expressing and emphasizing the urgency of strengthening Sweden’s resilience. Bohlin is concerned about the slow pace of upgrading civil defense and urges everyone, from managers to private citizens, to act quickly.
– No one has a mandate to sit back and wait for others. Failure to act is not an acceptable modus operandi, Bohlin says, emphasizing that “good enough tomorrow is better than perfect in five years. Drawing parallels with the situation in Ukraine, Bohlin calls for “total resilience”.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is now tasked with helping vital and organizations vital to the war effort build their war-ready organizations. The government is also asking for an analysis of how to improve the security of medical supplies.