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Government Type:
Democratic Regime


Sweden is a minor nation in northern Europe. Sweden starts with a population of 6.24 million in the 1936 start date.

Historical background[edit]

Sweden stayed neutral throughout World War I and II, siding neither with the Axis nor the Allies. But Sweden did let trains carrying German soldiers and supplies go through the country to both Flag of Finland Finland and Flag of Norway Norway (the so-called Permittenttrafik) to avoid getting into a war with the Germans. Sweden was also the biggest supplier of iron ore to Flag of Germany Germany which is often discussed as a potential reason for its successful neutrality, with the metal provided accounting for about 58% of German supplies and 31% of British. The Swedish government allowed British access to its territory to ensure the delivery of the bearings through the German naval blockade. Sweden managed to de-crypt the German Geheimfernschreiber(considered more complicated then the famous enigma machine) in only two weeks on June 1940 and over the course of the war Sweden spied on German intelligence. In some rare cases Sweden actively supplied information to the allies about this. The most famous such act was when Sweden provided information to the United Kingdom about the upcoming Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The British submitted the information further to Stalin who ignored it, with devastating results. Being a neutral country, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees fled to Sweden to escape the Nazi Holocaust.


Sweden starts with 3 research slots.

Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Infantry Eq. I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Light Tank I
  • Towed Artillery I
  • Destroyer II
  • Light Cruiser I
  • Heavy Cruiser I
  • Submarine I
    • Upgraded Draken Class
  • Transport Ship
  • Interwar Fighter
  • Interwar Bomber
  • Close Air Support I
  • Naval Bomber I
    • Carrier Naval Bomber I
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None



At the 1936 start date Sweden has no alliances.


Sweden can get the Finland Seeks Swedish Support event which will trigger when Finland is attacked by the Soviet Union after rejecting the Soviets' territorial demands. For this to happen however, Sweden must be at peace with Finland and must not be in a faction with the Soviet Union.

Refusing to help Finland will keep Sweden out of the war but will damage the relations between the two nations. Choosing to support Finland indirectly (the historical option) will transfer some manpower and equipment from Swedish stockpiles over to Finland. The final option will have Sweden abandon its neutral foreign policy and declare war on the Soviet Union. This will significantly improve relations between the two Nordic nations. The AI typically never chooses to actively join Finland in the war, instead opting for offering materiel support. If Sweden is Communism Communist, the AI will do nothing. However, if Finland becomes Democracy Democratic and Sweden's military is powerful enough, a joint Finnish-Swedish defense is likely to happen.

Finland Seeks Swedish Support

Our neighbor Finland has refused to give in to pressures from the Soviet Union, and the nations are now in a state of war. Although no formal alliance has been agreed upon between our countries, the Finnish government has requested that Sweden contribute to a joint defense of Åland, which remains largely Swedish-speaking and strategically important to both countries.

While the government remains divided on what steps we should take to help Finland, the public support for their defense is notable. How far are we willing to go to protect our fellow Nordic counties from eastern aggression?

Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

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We must retain our neutrality.
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Finland's cause is ours! To war!

Event trigger.pngEnabled if:

  • Is not Communism Communist
  • At peace
  • Manpower Manpower is > 8402
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If public support is what they have, send volunteers and equipment.
  • Lose Manpower –8402 Manpower
  • Transfer the following equipment stockpile to Flag of Finland Finland (if possible):
    • Artillery –250 Artillery equipment (if > 250)
    • Infantry cropped.png –500 Infantry equipment (if > 500)
  • Flag of Finland Finland gets the country event "Sweden Sends Volunteers" in 3 days


Sweden begins with a National unitynational unity of 90%, one of the few nations that have such a high unity at the start.

National spirits[edit]

Sweden starts with two national spirits:

En Svensk Tiger icon
En Svensk Tiger
  • Ideology drift defense: +10%
  • Justify war goal on us: +10%
If Sweden is to be like a tiger on the prowl then those who spy on us must not know what we do. In these time of conflict and strife it is the patriotic duty of every Swede to keep silent.
Neutral Foreign Policy icon
Neutral Foreign Policy
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +20%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • AI Modifier: Threat receptivity: +1%
  • AI Modifier: Desire to be in or expand a faction: −100
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who didn't take sides may be better off than those who did.

National focus[edit]

Sweden isn't a major nation, and therefore uses the generic national focus tree.


Democracy Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetareparti (Democratic)

  • No Can declare war on country with the same ideology group without a war goal.
  • Yes Can guarantee other ideologies
  • Yes Lowers world tension with guarantees
  • No Can puppet a country
  • No Can justify war goals against a country that have not generated world tension

Political Parties[edit]

Political Party Ideology Popularity Party Leader Is Ruling?
Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetarparti Democratic 65% Per Albin Hansson Yes
Sveriges kommunistiska parti Communist 20% Sven Linderot No
Svenska nationalsocialistiska partiet Fascist 1% Sven Olov Lindholm No
Bondeförbundet Non-Aligned 14% Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp No

Elections are held every four years.


Sweden starts with following laws in 1936:

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • 1.5% Recruitable population
Civilian Economy.png Civilian Economy
  • 30% Consumer Goods factories
  • –30% Factory construction speed
  • +30% Factory (type) conversion cost
Export Focus.png Export Focus
  • 50% Resources to market
  • –5% Research time
  • +10% Factory/Dockyard output
  • +10% Construction speed


Political Advisors
Advisor Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Ernst Wigforss Captain of Industry
  • Civilian Factory Construction Speed: +10 %
  • Infrastructure Construction Speed: +10 %
  • Refinery Construction Speed: +10 %
Hilding Hagberg Communist Revolutionary
  • Daily Communism Support: +0.10
  • Gain Event Communism On The Rise
Per Engdahl Fascist Demagogue
  • Daily Fascist Support: +0.10
  • Gets event Fascism on the Rise.
Tage Erlander Democratic Reformer
  • Daily Democracy Support: +0.10
  • Gain Event Move Towards Democracy
Thorwald Bergquist Compassionate Gentleman
  • Improve relations opinion: +15 %
Östen Undén Silent Workhorse 150



In 1936 Sweden starts with

2(3) Military factoryMilitary Factories 3(3) Naval dockyardNaval Dockyard 4(10) Civilian factoryCivilian Factories

*The number in the bracket are the total amount of factories when including those from trading.
In 1939 Sweden starts with

2(4) Military factoryMilitary Factories 3(6) Naval dockyardNaval Dockyard 5(10) Civilian factoryCivilian Factories


Sweden doesn't produce oil and rubber and therefore have to import those resources from another nation. They also have a low amount of aluminium. They have however a high abundance of steel, tungsten and chromium which will take a while to run out.

OilOil RubberRubber SteelSteel AluminumAluminum TungstenTungsten ChromiumChromium
0 0 202(101) 4(2) 70(35) 40(20)

*These numbers represent the available resources for production at start of the game. In the bracket are the complete numbers including those lost for trading.


The remaining Manpowermanpower is at 10.02k at the 1936 starting date. It can be raised by changing the conscription law by spending 150 Political powerpolitical power per level.


Sweden starts in 1936 with 11 infantry & 1 cavalry divisions.


In 1936 Sweden's navy consists of 4 fleets that in total are 27 ships. Specifically there are 9 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, 6 destroyers and 10 submarines.

Air Force[edit]

In 1936 Sweden has:

  • 36 planes of Close Air Support I
  • 30 fighters
  • 12 carrier naval bombers

Military Staff[edit]

These are the military staff candidates for appointment of Flag of Sweden Sweden. A considerable choice would be Olof Thörnell, an old guard of the Försvarsmakten, whom has shifting opinion to take the diplomatic approach over the use of force. An opinion that is not widely favoured by most military advisors as international tensions rose beyond sound reason.

Chief of Army
Candidate Trait I Trait II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Olof Thörnell Old Guard
  • Army Experience Gain: -10 %
  • Political Power Gain: +10 %
Ivar Holmquist Army Organization (Expert)
  • Division Organization: +8 %
Per Sylvan Army Defense (Specialist) (Specialist)
  • Army Defence  : +5 %
Oscar Nygren Army Drill (Expert)
  • Division training time: -10 %
Chief of Navy
Candidate Trait I Trait II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Gösta Ehrensvärd Commerce Raiding (Expert)
  • Convoy Raiding Efficiency: +15 %
Fabian Tamm Naval Reformer (Expert)
  • Experience Gain Navy  : +10 %
Charles de Champs Decisive Battle (Expert)
  • Capital Ship Attack: +10 %
  • Capital Ship Armor: +10 %
  • Screen Attack: +10 %
  • Screen Defense: +10 %
Chief of Airforce
Candidate Trait I Trait II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Bengt Nordenskiöld Ground Support (Expert)
  • Air Support: +10 %
Torsten Friis All-Weather (Expert)
  • Bad Weather Penalty: -20 %
Military High Command
Candidate Trait I Trait II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Axel Rappe Artillery (Expert)
  • Artillery Attack: +15 %
  • Artillery Defense: +10 %
Archibald Douglas Infantry (Expert)
  • Infantry Division Attack: +10 %
  • Infantry Division Defense: +15 %
Axel Ljungdahl Bomber Interception (Expert)
  • Air Interception Attack  : +3 %
  • Air Interception Defence  : +3 %
  • Air Interception Agility  : +3 %
Helge Strömbäck Fleet Logistics (Expert)
  • Naval max range  : +10 %

Strategies and Guides[edit]

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Kalmar Union strategy can be used to form the Kalmar Union as Sweden and earn these achievements:

Achievement Notes Patch DI
Northern Light icon
Northern Light
As a Scandinavian country form your own faction, and have Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in it.
Eligible nations are Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Try rapidly puppeting the other three as Sweden and forming a faction with Spain before the third war ends. 1.0 M
Med plutonium... icon
Med plutonium...
Nuke Denmark as Sweden.
  • Is Flag of Sweden Sweden
  • The nuked state must be both owned by and a core of Denmark.
1.0 H


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