'Last year, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told a conference that the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Yemen was one that "has far too long been neglected and forgotten by the global community" and what Yemeni people were going through was "difficult to imagine."
It is such statements that, besides leading various international peace efforts to help resolve major conflicts across the globe, including Saudi Arabia's deadly war on Yemen, have helped Sweden establish the image of a peace-loving country that cares for others.
However, a steady rise in the Scandinavian country's weapons business over the past years, including its major dealings with repressive Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf region, has cast doubt on Stockholm's true intentions.
In fact the rise has been so fast that according to official data by the US government, Sweden is now the world's third largest weapons producer per capita, closely following Russia and Switzerland while overtaking France, Britain and the US.
At the heart of Sweden's weapons industry is Saab, a company that sold over $2.7 billion worth of weapons in 2016 alone, making its way into the world's top 30 arms producing companies according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Over the recent years, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become some of the main customers for Swedish-made weapons.'
Read more: Is Sweden complicit in Saudi war on Yemen?
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