Prepping Around the World (How and Why Countries Are Prepping)

Prepping Around the World (How and Why Countries Are Prepping) by Megan Stewart for The Survivalist Blog

Prepping in the United States is definitely on the rise in recent years, but have you ever wondered if this increase holds true in other countries around the world?

In this article, we’ll give you a brief rundown on the current preparedness status of citizens in countries across the globe and how both individuals and government agencies are prepping for a variety of possible events such as:

  • War
  • Economic Collapse
  • Climate Change
  • Political Conflict
  • Cyberattacks
  • Terrorism
  • Natural Disasters


Increased Russian military movements and activity has Sweden officials, like Johan Norberg, of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, concerned. Norberg’s research indicates a surge in Russian military exercises which he believes indicates Russia is preparing for a large scale war.

While Norberg doesn’t know exactly who Russia’s intended target might be, the proximity of Russia’s increased military activity to Sweden is enough to convince Norberg and other Swedish officials that Sweden could be vulnerable in the event of large scale war.

In 2018, the Swedish government sent out a detailed pamphlet to every single household. The pamphlet was called “If Crisis or War Comes“ and it detailed what citizens should prepare for in the event of a crisis or war.

The government of Sweden, in response to near disaster in 2010, is once again preparing its citizens for “total defense”, which means readying the entire society to prepare for a time of heightened alert. Representatives from civil emergency agencies are in schools, preparing a cohort of students, those who have lived only in peace times, for crisis management in a time of war.

Sweden’s home guard is holding trainings at least twice annually to prepare volunteer citizens to defend the country.

According to Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, Sweden will remain an unallied nation but will deepen cooperation with others and will invest in upgrading their national defense capabilities.

One of the steps Sweden has taken is to “reactivate conscription services”for both men and women in Sweden which was done effective January 1, of 2018. Between 2013 and 2017, Sweden became one of the societies least reliant on cash, with less than 20% of all payments taking place in cash and as much as 80% of retail commerce transactions using card payment.

But the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, on behalf of the Swedish government, is now advising citizens to stockpile “small amounts of cash in small denominations” in the event of an emergency from natural disasters to war.


According to a Statistics Canada report in 2015, an estimated 50% of Canadians were prepared with an alternative water source and only just over 20% had taken any other steps toward preparing for emergencies.

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