Each Swedish civil defense parka offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic Swedish military surplus item. These parkas would have originally been stored by the military or some other governmental response agency and issued to citizens as needed during civil defense emergencies. Though we cannot confirm that these parkas have never been issued, each is in excellent shape and is free from the rips, tears, stains and scents that typically plague military surplus items. Stand out and stay warm by picking up one of these high quality Swedish civil defense parkas today.
As noted, the Swedish civil defense parka is not actually a piece of equipment that would have been used by any of the three main service branches of the Swedish armed forces. Instead, these parkas would have been used by citizens during civil defense emergencies. During the 20th century, civil defense programs became more and more widespread. With the threat of nuclear war growing, many nations began building civil defense programs that involved principles typically found in emergency operations (prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, evacuation and recovery) to protect ordinary citizens from military attacks, and later, non-military emergencies and disasters. These parkas are just one of the many components that went into Sweden's civil defense program, or what they call totalförsvar.
The Swedish civil defense parka is a winter weather parka that consists of two layers. The outer layer is characterized by powder blue shell that is constructed from a cotton/polyester blend and serves as a buffer for the elements. This outer layer boasts a number of features that include a button-up front, button-adjustable cuffs and an interior drawstring at the waist. Additionally, there are two oversized, button-flap storage pockets that provide a wealth of space of just about anything you could dream of carrying on your person. The inner layer is a synthetic liner that is buttoned into the outer shell and designed to provide warmth. Together, the two layers provide for a heavyweight parka that is truly capable of providing real warmth.
Sure, you may be so accustomed to your standard olive drab and camouflage military surplus parkas that you are unwilling to try out the Swedish civil defense parka based solely on its color, but believe me when I say that this parka is one worthy replacement.