Sweden prepares hundreds of nuclear bunkers amid fears of Russian attack


Sweden is reportedly preparing hundreds of nuclear war shelters to prepare for an attack from Russia amid fear in the Baltics. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has ordered a review of 350 civilian bunkers on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, where Sweden has stationed troops.

The war shelters are usually designed to protect people against the radiation and shock wave from a nuclear attack, as well as chemical and biological weapons attack.

Mats Berglund, head of civil protection at the MSB, said that there should be the checking of the shelters by the end of this year.


Once a Cold-War era bunker and nuclear shelter, the Pionen White Mountain has been converted into a data centre and hosts some of WikiLeaks’ servers (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

There are 350 shelters in the Island which have capacity for around 35,000 people. There is nearly 60,000 of population in the Gotland. During the time of cold war, there were 65,000 shelters established to protect the Swedish population from a potential threat of nuclear warfare.

Swedish troops have been deployed to Gotland where the bunkers will be inspected

These shelters are marked with blue and orange logo with the word skyddsrum on it which means shelter.

While Russia has not been mentioned directly, the country has been building up its military in response to  Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its “increasing pressure” in the region.

The nuclear bunkers were built of thick concrete

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said the left-leaning government was reintroducing the draft because of a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.