Payments in Sweden 2019

Strengthened preparedness in the financial sector

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Prerequisites for payments during a heightened state of alert

Published: 7 November 2019

The Riksbank’s position is that several prerequisites must be met in order for payments to function during a heightened state of alert. Among these, there should be a variety of alternative means of payment and a robust supply of electricity and electronic communications. Cash is also dependent on these infrastructures.

A large part of the critical activities in the financial sector is conducted by private actors, and the civil defence efforts therefore need to be carried out in close collaboration between public and private actors.