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Sweden’s war preparedness pamphlet is sending shockwaves through Twitter

Sending out the flyer in 2018 delivers an odd message.


Ana Valens


Posted on May 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:12 pm CDT

If you live in Sweden, then you’re about to receive an emergency crisis pamphlet called If Crisis or War Comes. And yes, it’s already gone viral on the internet for its disturbingly bleak language.

The booklet, which is being distributed by the Swedish government to each household in the country, gives basic crisis information on everything from cyberattacks to natural disasters to terrorism. An English version is available online through the Swedish Civil Protection and Emergency Agency, and the pamphlet is pretty blunt at times. “If Sweden is attacked, resistance is required,” one section reads.

“[A]s the world around us has changed, the Government has decided to strengthen Sweden’s total defence,” the pamphlet’s English version says. “At the same time, the level of preparedness for peacetime emergencies is an important basis of our resilience in the event of war.”


Sweden’s emergency pamphlet has since received a mixed response from Twitter users. Many stressed that the world isn’t at the brink of war (yet). Sending out a flyer saying “we will never give up” may send the wrong message, especially for a country that hasn’t formally declared war for centuries.

Then again, maybe its message shows just how hostile the world has become in 2018.

There’s also the fact that the pamphlet reads like propaganda at times, which can create a polarizing effect that supports authoritarian regimes.


Others argue that the flyer is pretty useful and shouldn’t be written off right away. After all, it provides some pretty important information about storing food, having clean drinking water, recognizing fake news, and recognizing emergency alarms.



Either way, Swedish citizens should be set for the worst now—even if that simply means more fake news from President Donald Trump.

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*First Published: May 22, 2018, 11:43 am CDT