Stockholm, May 22 (IANS) The Swedish government is sending an instructional war pamphlet to all 4.8 million households in the country, educating them for the first time in more than 30 years on the perils of war.
The brochure, titled “Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes)”, was compiled by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and instructed civilians on what to do if “their everyday life was turned upside down”, CNN reported on Tuesday.
The pamphlets will be distributed in 13 different languages between May 28 and June 2 during Sweden’s Emergency Preparedness Week.
The brochure provides information on everything from how to identify fake news and prepare against extreme weather conditions to what to do in the event of terror attacks and military conflicts.
The 20-page pamphlet, featuring illustrations of soldiers in the field, people fleeing disaster zones and cybersecurity teams at their computers, was an update on a version first produced during the Second World War and last released in the 1980s.
Sweden remained a neutral country during the Second World War and has not been at war for 200 years.
The pamphlet’s republication came as the security debate on whether Sweden will join NATO intensified following alleged Russian violations of Swedish airspace and territorial waters.
Sweden is not a member of NATO, but it has contributed to NATO-led operations and enjoys bilateral ties with the alliance through the Partnership for Peace and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.