Counter-subversion: Countering unlawful pressure

One of our key functions as a security service is to protect national
security and Sweden’s democratic system of government. A central tenet of this work is to prevent any unlawful pressure from influencing fundamental processes of the democratic system. In Sweden, the concept of ‘unlawful pressure’ is used as an umbrella term for violence, threats and harassment targeting elected representatives, public officials and journalists.

Our efforts in this area are mainly concerned with ensuring that decision-makers, those effectuating the decisions as well as those overseeing these functions can perform their duties without suffering violence, threats or harassment. The term unlawful pressure also covers corruption, i.e. when elected representatives and public officials commit crimes or engage in professional misconduct with the intention of assisting hardened criminals.