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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Sweden is

2011: 1,980,0001 2 3
2005: 2,800,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2011: 20.835 6 3
2005: 31.64

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Sweden, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 1,115,0007

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Sweden, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 915,0007

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Sweden, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 155,0007

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. 288

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. 104

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

2010: 16%9
2005: 19.3%10
1999/2003: 15.9%
1995/98: 16.2%
1992/94: 15.9%10
1992: 15.1%11

Proportion of Households with Rifles

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

1992: 10.8%11

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

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

1992: 8.3%11

Proportion of Households with Handguns

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

2005: 1.6%10
1999/2003: 1.7%
1995/98: 1.7%
1992/94: 1.5%10 11

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2011: 619,00012
2010: 622,1549
1999: 781,5217

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2011: 6.515
2010: 6.60
1999: 8.77

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Sweden is reported to be

2011: 1,800,00012
2005: 2,096,7984

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Sweden is

2011: 18.945
2005: 23.09

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Sweden there are estimated to be

2011: 180,0001 13 3
2004: 4,000,00014

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Sweden the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2011: 1.895
2004: 44.22

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Sweden are reported to have 920,00015 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Sweden are reported to have 32,65216 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 15417 18 19 20
2013: 12517 18 20
2012: 14117 18 19 20 21
2011: 135
2010: 13822
2009: 15717 18 20
2008: 13817 18 19 20
2007: 135
2006: 13917 18 19
2005: 137
2004: 156
2003: 14117 18 20
2002: 19217 18 19 20
2001: 164
2000: 169
1999: 188
1998: 167
1997: 169
1996: 17717 18 19

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2014: 1.585
2013: 1.30
2012: 1.475 21
2011: 1.425
2010: 1.4722
2009: 1.685
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: 6823
2011: 8123 24 25
2010: 9123 24
2009: 87
2008: 77
2007: 107
2006: 88
2005: 79
2004: 107
2003: 85
2002: 101
2001: 87
2000: 96
1999: 9924 26
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: 0.723
2011: 0.923 24 25
2010: 1.023 24
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: 1.124
1998: 1.1
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.1
1995: 0.9
1993: 1.3027

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 2517
2013: 22
2012: 1617 21
2011: 1917
2010: 1817 23
2009: 2217
2008: 14
2007: 21
2006: 13
2005: 11
2004: 1517 24
2003: 18
2002: 16
2001: 19
2000: 2217
1999: 30
1998: 25
1997: 1417 24
1996: 11
1995: 2928

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2014: 0.2617
2013: 0.23
2012: 0.1717 21
2011: 0.2017
2010: 0.1917 5
2009: 0.2417
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.1717 24
2003: 0.2
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.2517
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.28
1997: 0.1617 24
1996: 0.12
1995: 0.3328
1993: 0.1829

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

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

2011: 27%25
2010: 17%23 30
2004: 33.9%24
2003: 48.2%
2002: 58.6%
2001: 39.3%
1997: 19.8%
1996: 28.9%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 1817
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: 0.1917
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: 117
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: 0.0117
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: 617
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: 0.0617
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: 1,25331

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: 14.1231
1993: 15.7532

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 12418
2013: 98
2012: 12218 21
2011: 11318
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: 1.2818
2013: 1.02
2012: 1.2818 21
2011: 1.2018
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: 2.0933

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 2718
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: 0.2818
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: 9418
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: 0.9718
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: 318
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: 0.0318
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: 219
2012: 119 21
2011: 219
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: 0.0219
2012: 0.0119 5
2011: 0.0219
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: 0.0334

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 219
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: 0.0219
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: 219
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: 0.0219
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: 119
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: 0.0119
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: 320
2013: 5
2012: 220 21
2011: 120
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: 0.0320
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.0220 5
2011: 0.0120
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: 0.0635

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2013: 420
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: 0.0420
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: 120
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: 0.0120
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: 120
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: 0.0120
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 licence36

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Sweden was ranked 'small'37

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$33,506,18347 (2011)48 49 50

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'51 52 53

Firearm Imports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law38 39 40 54 42 43 44 45

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$25,903,70247 (2011)55 56 57 58

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Sweden is low7

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Sweden, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law59 40 41 60 61

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Sweden include38 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: 16.0062
2014: 15.0063
2013: 15.5064
2012: 15.2565
2011: 15.0066
2010: 16.5067
2009: 16.0068
2008: 14.5069
2007: 16.0070
2006: 14.7571
2005: 15.2572
2004: 11.7573

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Sweden is categorised as restrictive74

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Sweden includes the Weapons Act (Vapenlagen 1996:67 ),75 the Weapons Ordinance (Vapenförordningen 1996:70 ), the National Police Board directives,75 the Military Equipment Act (Lag om Krigsmateriel) 1992,40 36 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,76 77 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200378

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Sweden are regulated by the National Police12 and the European Commission77

Right to Possess Firearms

In Sweden, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law79 80

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 ammunition81 82

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited81 82 25

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation83 84 82

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 property75 81 83 84 82 25

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Sweden, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law75 83 84 82 25

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Sweden, only licensed gun owners75 85 81 83 25 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)75 86

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Sweden is 18 years86

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Sweden must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health86 25 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Sweden stipulates in practice7 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 required75 for a firearm licence

Licensing Records

In Sweden, authorities maintain a record7 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 licence75

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Sweden are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm87

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Sweden, the law requires88 89 90 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 required90 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 required36 88 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Sweden, State agencies are required88 89 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 unlawful54 91 84

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Sweden include75 12 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 include92 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Sweden include7 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)36 89 93 94 95 96

Firearm Tracing

In Sweden, state authorities carry out97 94 95 90 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 law25

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 circumstances7

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Sweden, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm98 is four years in prison54 99

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: 15,132100 101
2007: 13,000101
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: 7,224102
2014: 115103
2013: 66104
2012: 60
2011: 46
2010: 46

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Sweden, it is state policy92 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 Parliament105 106

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 reports107 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 2006108 by Sweden.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified109 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 ratified110 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 Aspects111

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. 50112 113 114 115 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 reports116 117 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 designated118 117

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Sweden, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated118 117

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 apparent117

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated117 by Sweden to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Sweden has declared119 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 1946120

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists121 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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