Sweden has sent 20-page pamphlets to all of its 4.8 million households telling them how to prepare for war. Although the country that hasn't been at war for more than 200 years, the government has decided it must prepare the country for a major crisis.
“Good hand hygiene is important for avoiding infection,” cautions the leaflet, entitled If Crisis or War Comes. “If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up,” it asserts.
The pamphlet, released by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, covers subject such as war, accidents, severe weather and even IT attacks and paints quite a bleak picture. Swedes are told how to secure essentials such as food, water and heat in a brochure that has left many families alarmed.
“Those who prepare improve “the ability of the country as a whole to cope with a major strain”, the leaflet reads. “Think about how you and people around you will be able to cope with a situation in which society's normal services are not working as they usually do,” it adds.
One perceived threat, in particular, has the Nordic nation on edge. Move to the next page: