Sweden’s Crisis Preppers (2019)

Underground in Scandinavia: who or what are they preparing for?


Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This investigative report explores why disaster prepping has become a government sanctioned pastime in Sweden, but who or what are they preparing for? An imminent confrontation between NATO and Russia seems to be the impetus, but there may be more to it. Filmed in 2019, this piece was ‘pre-pandemic’ but the themes and concerns illustrated here could just as easily be biological, as well as conventional or nuclear warfare. Old Cold War underground shelters had fallen into disrepair over the last 30 years, but some of these facilities are now being refurbished and re-equipped for the 21st century. There is also a surprising level of enthusiasm for extreme survivalist and ‘end times’ activities normally reserved for rural America.

Run time: 29 min
Production: SBS Dateline Australia (2019)