One in three Swedes worried country will be attacked

“At the same time, a clear majority believes that the aid is barely enough or too little,” said Torbjörn Sjöström, CEO of Novus. [Shutterstock/Dan_Manila]

One in three Swedes is fairly or very worried their country will be targeted by a military attack, according to a new survey by Novus published on Thursday. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency is now beefing up its staff.

According to a recent survey conducted by Novus, 31% of Swedes are somewhat or very worried that Sweden will be attacked militarily. One in two Swedes believes the risk of Sweden being attacked has increased because of the aid Sweden has chosen to send Ukraine.

“At the same time, a clear majority believes that the aid is barely enough or too little,” said Torbjörn Sjöström, CEO of Novus.

The concern is felt at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the public agency responsible for supporting society’s preparedness for accidents, crises and civil defence. The MSB has had to increase its staff numbers to answer all the questions from the public.

“You think about your own preparedness, you think about where is my nearest shelter if I need it,” said Anna Wennerström, press officer at MSB.

The MSB website has a map of all shelters in Sweden, and the search pressure has recently been historically high, increasing by “several thousand per cent”.

Interest in the brochure “If the crisis or the war comes”, sent to all Swedish households in 2018, has also increased significantly. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the brochure has been downloaded nearly 90,000 times, compared to 790 times in 2021.

The fact that many people are now interested in how to act in a crisis situation is positive, according to Wennerström, who urged anyone worried to take note of the advice published on the website before contacting the agency by phone with their questions.

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