Sweden

This country is covered by UNISDR's Europe office.

This risk profile is currently being updated with new data from the 2013 Global Risk Update.
Sweden has focal point(s) for  
National Platform

Focal Points

National Platform, Hyogo Framework for Action

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Website: http://www.msb.se
Contact: DRR Coordinator National Agencies
Phone: +46 706 861 022 +46 706 861 022

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Institutional Structure / National Platform Description

Sweden
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
Website: www.msb.se/nationalplatform
Date of creation: September 2007

History
A Swedish National Platform was established in 2007 to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action. To be more in line with the broadened Sendai concept and to tackle new threats, a new platform has been developed with many more stakeholders. The platform is coordinated by MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) and has been in operation since January 2017.

Structure
The restructured Swedish National Platform uses the process for the National Risk and Capability Assessment as a way of pinpointing areas in need for further efforts. This will allow many types of hazards and risks to be taken into consideration and a needs-based approach for the work undertaken. The purpose is to identify and analyze risks, vulnerabilities and society's capability to prevent and respond to the risks.

The new way of working is based on existing coordination forums and working groups developed for the Swedish system for civil contingency management. The six coordination forums are legislatively mandated and they consist of governmental agencies with key responsibilities in the Swedish civil contingency system, representatives from the county administrative boards (regional level) and from the local level. There are also stakeholders from non-government sectors. MSB chairs each forum.

The ambition is to broaden the context and the scope of the forums. Until recently the participating agencies have put most of their focus on measures to improve crisis preparedness. MSB wants to enable a more inclusive approach to ”societal security” as a whole. The Sendai framework helps to broaden the context and to put a stronger emphasis on preventive work.

This coordination platform is when appropriate supplemented by working groups, gathering additional stakeholders. A cross-sectoral long-term working group on natural hazards is in operation.

Budget
The national platform is financed through MSB’s yearly budget for the Cooperation and Planning Section of the Resilience Development and Analysis Department. This allocation covers the costs of planning and conducting meetings as well as follow-up work for the cooperative forums. In addition, the Swedish Government Appropriation 2:4 is a funding source for national platform cooperation activities.

Mandate
The stakeholders in the coordination forums coordinate their planning by discussing and reaching a common understanding of relevant risks, threats and hazards, as well as the capabilities needed to face current challenges.
The process for the National Risk and Capability Assessment (NRCA) is used to create a common understanding of
• serious risks in Sweden,
• possible consequences of them,
• vulnerabilities in the society and
• the capability to prevent and respond to the risks

The results are a strategic basis for directing and developing the civil contingency system.

Activities

Regular forum meetings, workshops, conferences, exercises and field observations.

In addition, MSB’s Cooperation and Planning Section provides guidance to the Swedish counties and municipalities on implementation of the SFDRR. If they are engaged in the Making Cities Resilient campaign, MSB informs them of international opportunities particularly within Europe, but also with other countries.
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Country Information

Population:
9.1 million
GDP 2007:
281.6 billion USD

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