Sweden hands ‘war handbook’ to citizens

Sweden hands over war handbook to citizens

Sweden has been a peace-loving country for decades which has not gone to war with another country for over two centuries. But it hasn’t stopped the government from reissuing an emergency manual from World War II that advises citizens on how best to cope with hypothetical hostilities.

The 20-page pamphlet, entitled Om krisen eller kriget kommer (“If crisis or war comes”), features strategies for handling everything from cyber attacks and terrorism to climate change, food shortages and even fake news.

“What would you do if your everyday life was turned upside down?” the English language version of the manual begins.

Since supplies could run low during a crisis, the leaflet provides checklists of what to stock up on, including mineral water, wet wipes and tinned hummus. It also offers tips on where to find bomb shelters, what to do without access to ATMs, cellphones or the internet, and how to spot propaganda.

“Although Sweden is safer than many other countries, there are still threats to our security and independence,” the brochure read. “If you are prepared, you are contributing to improving the ability of the country as a whole to cope with a major strain.”

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