Sweden is reissuing a Cold War pamphlet on how to cope with the outbreak of war
January 16, 2018
Sweden first issued an advisory pamphlet on how to cope with the outbreak of war in the 1940s. The pamphlet was delivered to every Swedish household, telling them how to prepare for and act in a national crisis. Of course, in 1991 when the Cold War ended, the leaflet was discontinued.
But after 30 years where the pamphlet fell into redundancy, the Swedish government has decided to resurrect it.
Sweden is now reissuing the pamphletâ"named O m kriget kommer (If War Comes)â"to every household in Sweden during the countryâs Emergency Preparedness Week in the end of May this year. It will be delivered to some 4.7 million Swedish households.
The government decided that thereâs a growing need for people to know how âto prepare for a crisis and threat of war,â says Christina Andersson, a spokesperson for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the government administrative authority tasked with producing the new version of the booklet. The pamphlet doesnât just focus on threats posed by war, but also terror attacks and natural disasters.
The updated pamphlet will offer practical advice on home preparednessâ"how to handle basic needs such as food, water, heating, and communicationâ"âwhen every day life turns up side down,â Andersson says. The pamphlet has information what to do in an air-raid shelter and what belongings Swedes should pack in case of timely departures (ID, clothing and gas masks). Citizens will also be informed on what the governmentâs (particularly the defense department) response to a national crisis will be, including what different high alerts mean. Finally, the pamphlet will also give advice on how to handle false information and propaganda.
Sweden reinstated the military draft last year, citing recruitment issues and Russia. The country has also moved closer to NATO in the past year (Sweden is currently not part of the alliance), partly in response to Russia building its military capabilities in the region (Russian jets have frequently infringed on Swedish airspace) and the growing fear of Russian espionage activity in the country.Read full story home our picks popular latest obsessions search Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden