Swedish households received a booklet on how to repsond to an outbreak of war.
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Over the last two weeks, every household in Sweden received a booklet of instructions on how to prepare for war.For most of the continent, Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine four years ago was seen as a wake-up call, but not a potentially existential threat.Finland has reorganized its military, forming its troops into larger companies to allow them to better handle the large number of casualties expected in any attack. Both countries have long had conscription for able-bodied young men -- and now theoretically neutral Sweden is also reintroducing National Service for both men and women.German, Canadian and British-led battlegroups are now based in those countries, joined this month by a hefty U.S. and wider European military presence as part of major military exercises.The Nordic states, too, hope they would not be facing any assault alone. Russia clearly isn't the only danger to be worried about – the Swedish leaflet also explicitly refers to terror attacks as a danger, and refers throughout to the risks of unspecified "crisis" as well as war.But it's apparent from the document what worries the Swedish authorities most – an overwhelming attack, coupled with a powerful foreign misinformation campaign that tells the populace the war is over and lost before it even starts.
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