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Sweden Telling All Its People How to Prepare for War

'If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
Updated May 26, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
A screenshot of the pamphlet.   (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB))

(Newser) – What would you do if you couldn't flush your toilet, access an ATM, turn on your heat, easily buy food, or go online? Those living in Sweden should soon be able to answer those questions. The government will next week send a 20-page pamphlet to each of the country's 4.8 million households. Titled "Om Krisen Eller Kriget Kommer" ("If Crisis or War Comes"), it explains what to do in just such an event—though it's been more than 200 years since Sweden has been at war with another country. The Guardian reports the government began issuing these types of documents amid WWII in 1943 (it remained neutral during the war); the Local reports the last release was in the '80s.

  • As for why now, "We live in a time in which the consequences of extreme weather, IT attacks, and terror attacks may cause a breakdown in the function of public services," explains the government.

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