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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Sweden is 2,800,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Sweden is 31.61 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Sweden, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 1,115,0002

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Sweden, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 915,0002

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Sweden, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 155,0002

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Sweden ranked at No. 283

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Sweden ranked at No. 101

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2010: 16%4
2004/05: 19.3%5
1999/2003: 15.9%
1995/98: 16.2%
1992/94: 15.9%5
1992: 15.1%6

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 10.8%6

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 8.3%6

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2004/05: 1.6%5
1999/2003: 1.7%
1995/98: 1.7%
1992/94: 1.5%5 6

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Sweden is reported to be

2011: 619,0007
2010: 622,1544
1999: 781,5212

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Sweden is

2011: 6.518
2010: 6.60
1999: 8.77

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Sweden is reported to be

2011: 1,800,0007
2005: 2,096,7981

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Sweden is

2011: 18.948
2005: 23.09

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Sweden there are estimated to be 4,000,0009

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Sweden there are estimated to be 44.228 illicit firearms per 100 people

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Sweden are reported to have 920,00010 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Sweden are reported to have 32,65211 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 15412 13 14 15
2013: 12512 13 15
2012: 14112 13 14 15 16
2011: 135
2010: 13817
2009: 15712 13 15
2008: 13812 13 14 15
2007: 135
2006: 13912 13 14
2005: 137
2004: 156
2003: 14112 13 15
2002: 19212 13 14 15
2001: 164
2000: 169
1999: 188
1998: 167
1997: 169
1996: 17712 13 14

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 1.588
2013: 1.30
2012: 1.478 16
2011: 1.428
2010: 1.4717
2009: 1.688
2008: 1.49
2007: 1.47
2006: 1.52
2005: 1.51
2004: 1.72
2003: 1.56
2002: 2.14
2001: 1.83
2000: 1.89
1999: 2.11
1998: 1.88
1997: 1.90
1996: 1.99

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 6818
2011: 8118 19 20
2010: 9118 19
2009: 87
2008: 77
2007: 107
2006: 88
2005: 79
2004: 107
2003: 85
2002: 101
2001: 87
2000: 96
1999: 9919 21
1998: 93
1997: 91
1996: 97
1995: 83

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.718
2011: 0.918 19 20
2010: 1.018 19
2009: 0.9
2008: 0.8
2007: 1.2
2006: 1.0
2005: 0.9
2004: 1.2
2003: 1.0
2002: 1.1
2001: 1.0
2000: 1.1
1999: 1.119
1998: 1.1
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.1
1995: 0.9
1993: 1.3022

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 2512
2013: 22
2012: 1612 16
2011: 1912
2010: 1812 18
2009: 2212
2008: 14
2007: 21
2006: 13
2005: 11
2004: 1512 19
2003: 18
2002: 16
2001: 19
2000: 2212
1999: 30
1998: 25
1997: 1412 19
1996: 11
1995: 2923

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2612
2013: 0.23
2012: 0.1712 16
2011: 0.2012
2010: 0.1912 8
2009: 0.2412
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.1712 19
2003: 0.2
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.2512
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.28
1997: 0.1612 19
1996: 0.12
1995: 0.3323
1993: 0.1824

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 27%20
2010: 17%18 25
2004: 33.9%19
2003: 48.2%
2002: 58.6%
2001: 39.3%
1997: 19.8%
1996: 28.9%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 1812
2013: 15
2012: 11
2011: 1
2010: 1
2007: 3
2006: 1
2004: 3
2003: 5
2002: 3
2001: 2
2000: 2
1999: 3
1998: 3

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.1912
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.01
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.03

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 112
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 2
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 3
1999: 10
1998: 8
1997: 3

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0112
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.09
1997: 0.03

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 612
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 16
2010: 17
2009: 21
2008: 12
2007: 17
2006: 10
2005: 10
2004: 10
2003: 11
2002: 11
2001: 12
2000: 17
1999: 17
1998: 14
1997: 11

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0612
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.16
1997: 0.12

Suicides (any method)

In Sweden, annual suicides by any means total

1996: 1,25326

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

1996: 14.1226
1993: 15.7527

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 12413
2013: 98
2012: 12213 16
2011: 11313
2010: 113
2009: 132
2008: 120
2007: 107
2006: 121
2005: 119
2004: 138
2003: 120
2002: 169
2001: 139
2000: 136
1999: 154
1998: 133
1997: 148
1996: 163

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 1.2813
2013: 1.02
2012: 1.2813 16
2011: 1.2013
2010: 1.2
2009: 1.42
2008: 1.3
2007: 1.17
2006: 1.33
2005: 1.32
2004: 1.53
2003: 1.34
2002: 1.89
2001: 1.56
2000: 1.53
1999: 1.74
1998: 1.5
1997: 1.67
1996: 1.84
1993: 2.0928

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 2713
2013: 21
2012: 25
2011: 11
2010: 15
2009: 16
2008: 21
2007: 15
2006: 14
2005: 18
2004: 19
2003: 25
2002: 17
2001: 16
2000: 11
1999: 15
1998: 18
1997: 16

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2813
2013: 0.22
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.28
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.20
1997: 0.18

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 9413
2013: 72
2012: 93
2011: 75
2010: 63
2009: 77
2008: 64
2007: 58
2006: 68
2005: 61
2004: 77
2003: 54
2002: 93
2001: 87
2000: 83
1999: 114
1998: 86
1997: 101

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.9713
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.98
2011: 0.79
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.83
2008: 0.69
2007: 0.63
2006: 0.75
2005: 0.68
2004: 0.86
2003: 0.60
2002: 1.04
2001: 0.98
2000: 0.94
1999: 1.29
1998: 0.97
1997: 1.14

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 313
2013: 5
2012: 4
2011: 27
2010: 35
2009: 39
2008: 35
2007: 34
2006: 39
2005: 40
2004: 42
2003: 41
2002: 59
2001: 36
2000: 42
1999: 25
1998: 29
1997: 31

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0313
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.37
2009: 0.42
2008: 0.38
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.43
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.66
2001: 0.40
2000: 0.47
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.33
1997: 0.35

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 214
2012: 114 16
2011: 214
2010: 6
2008: 1
2007: 6
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 8
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0214
2012: 0.0114 8
2011: 0.0214
2010: 0.06
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.03
1993: 0.0329

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 214
2005: 1
2002: 1
2000: 2
1997: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0214
2005: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2000: 0.02
1997: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2014: 214
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 3
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2001: 1
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0214
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.01

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 114
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 1
2001: 1
2000: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0114
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 315
2013: 5
2012: 215 16
2011: 115
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 1
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 6
2001: 4
2000: 3
1999: 3
1998: 6
1997: 5

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0315
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.0215 8
2011: 0.0115
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.07
1997: 0.06
1993: 0.0630

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 415
2012: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2004: 1
2002: 2
1999: 1
1998: 2
1997: 1

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0415
2012: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2002: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 115
2010: 1
2008: 1
2005: 1
2003: 1
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 1

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0115
2010: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01
1997: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 115
2011: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 3
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 3

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0115
2011: 0.01
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.03

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Sweden, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence31

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Sweden was ranked 'small'32

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$33,506,18342 (2011)43 44 45

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Sweden was categorized as 'major'46 47 48

Firearm Imports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law33 34 35 49 37 38 39 40

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$25,903,70242 (2011)50 51 52 53

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Sweden is low2

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Sweden, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law54 35 36 55 56

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Sweden include33 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Sweden scored

2016: 16.0057
2014: 15.0058
2013: 15.5059
2012: 15.2560
2011: 15.0061
2010: 16.5062
2009: 16.0063
2008: 14.5064
2007: 16.0065
2006: 14.7566
2005: 15.2567
2004: 11.7568

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Sweden is categorised as restrictive69

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Sweden includes the Weapons Act (Vapenlagen 1996:67 ),70 the Weapons Ordinance (Vapenförordningen 1996:70 ), the National Police Board directives,70 the Military Equipment Act (Lag om Krigsmateriel) 1992,35 31 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,71 72 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200373

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Sweden are regulated by the National Police7 and the European Commission72

Right to Possess Firearms

In Sweden, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law74 75

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Sweden, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition76 77

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited76 77 20

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation78 79 77

Regulation of Handguns

In Sweden, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence, in some cases, but not for the protection of person or property70 76 78 79 77 20

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Sweden, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law70 78 79 77 20

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Sweden, only licensed gun owners70 80 76 78 20 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Sweden are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection and self-defence (but in practice, no such licences are ever granted)70 81

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Sweden is 18 years81

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Sweden must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health81 20 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Sweden stipulates in practice2 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Sweden, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required70 for a firearm licence

Licensing Records

In Sweden, authorities maintain a record2 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Sweden are permitted to possess only one firearm per licence70

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Sweden are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm82

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Sweden, the law requires83 84 85 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Sweden, licensed firearm dealers are required85 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Sweden, licensed gun makers are required31 83 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Sweden, State agencies are required83 84 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Sweden, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful49 86 79

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Sweden include70 7 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Sweden include87 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Sweden include2 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Sweden, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required (in practice rather than law)31 84 88 89 90 91

Firearm Tracing

In Sweden, state authorities carry out92 89 90 85 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Sweden, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law20

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Sweden, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit only in exceptional circumstances2

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Sweden, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm93 is four years in prison49 94

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn Sweden, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2013: 15,13295 96
2007: 13,00096
1993: 17,000

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Sweden, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2015: 7,22497
2014: 11598
2013: 6699
2012: 60
2011: 46
2010: 46

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Sweden, it is state policy87 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Sweden is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament100 101

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Sweden is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that Sweden has submitted one or more national reports102 on its arms transfers

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006103 by Sweden.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified104 by Sweden

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified105 by Sweden

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Sweden committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects106

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Sweden against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 50107 108 109 110 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Sweden has submitted one or more national reports111 112 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Sweden, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated113 112

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Sweden, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated113 112

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Sweden submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent112

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated112 by Sweden to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Sweden has declared114 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Sweden has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1946115

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists116 Sweden as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in Sweden, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

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Short References

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