On Monday 11 March, Sweden’s flag will be raised at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson will deliver a speech and hold a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The press conference with Mr Kristersson and Mr Stoltenberg starts at 11.05. The flag raising ceremony begins at 12.00.

The press conference and ceremony will be streamed live on www.regeringen.se and the NATO website.

Information about media accreditation is available in NATO’s press release (see link under shortcuts).

In addition to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, participants include:

Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess
Minister for Energy, Business and Industry Ebba Busch
Minister for Employment and Integration Johan Pehrson
Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström
Minister for Defence Pål Jonson
Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin
Swedish Social Democratic Party Leader Magdalena Andersson
Sweden Democrats Party Leader Jimmie Åkesson
Centre Party Leader Muharrem Demirok
Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Bydén
Henrik Landerholm, National Security Adviser

Sweden became NATO’s newest member on Thursday (7 March 2024), upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the Government of the United States in Washington DC. With Sweden’s accession, NATO now counts 32 countries among its members.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “This is a historic day. Sweden will now take its rightful place at NATO’s table, with an equal say in shaping NATO policies and decisions.

After over 200 years of non-alignment Sweden now enjoys the protection granted under Article 5, the ultimate guarantee of Allies’ freedom and security. Sweden brings with it capable armed forces and a first-class defence industry.  Sweden’s accession makes NATO stronger, Sweden safer and the whole Alliance more secure.

Today’s accession demonstrates that NATO’s door remains open and that every nation has the right to choose its own path.”