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Our mission

28 February 2022

The main mission of the agency is to lead the coordination and development of Sweden’s psychological defence in collaboration with public authorities and other stakeholders in society. We offer support to government agencies, municipalities, regions, the business sector, and organisations, as well as contribute to strengthening the resilience of our population. 

Psychological defence 

The purpose of psychological defence is to safeguard our open and democratic society, the free formation of opinion, Sweden’s fundamental freedoms and ultimately our independence. The psychological defence identifies, analyses, prevents, and counters foreign malign information influence activities and other disinformation directed at Sweden or at Swedish interests. This could include attempts from foreign actors to weaken national resilience and the population’s will to defend the country, or malign influence aimed at changing people’s perceptions or influencing  behaviours and the decision-making in society.

The psychological defence will also strengthen the population’s ability to detect and resist malign influence campaigns and disinformation. Thereby, psychological defence contributes to creating resilience and a willingness to defend the country. 

The Swedish Psychological Defence Agency works both preventively and operationally and fulfils its tasks both in peacetime and in the event of war. We consistently strive to contribute to a strong Swedish total defence that prevents conflicts.

A strong psychological defence is not just a matter for the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency, it requires a whole of society approach where agencies, municipalities, organizations and not least – the individual citizens work together.