Sweden began contributing personnel to UN peacekeeping operations in 1948. Since then more than 80,000 Swedish women and men have participated in UN missions, including in the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt in 1956 (pictured).
Women have always played an important role in Swedish UN peacekeeping deployments. Twelve women from an infantry battalion, were the first female peacekeepers to join the UN’s mission in Cyprus, UNFICYP, in 1979.
In South Sudan, Sweden has deployed a number of police officers who are part of the UN mission, UNMISS. Here, a Swedish officer interacts with an internally displaced person in a protection of civilians site in the capital, Juba.
Sweden has contributed to UN Peacekeeping ever since the first mission was established in 1948. Today, its women peacekeepers are making a difference in Mali -- in one of the United Nation's most challenging operations.