Deeper defence cooperation:
Finland and Sweden together again?
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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Finland and Sweden are increasing their bilateral defence
cooperation. Officially, it is restricted to peacetime and international crisis
management operation activities, but it nonetheless has national territorial
The planned deepening of cooperation between Finland and
Sweden builds on the already extensive daily cooperation between the two
Both Finland and Sweden see deeper cooperation as an
important addition to cooperation within the EU, NATO, and NORDEFCO frameworks,
as well as other significant bilateral cooperative relationships.
Fruitful cooperation will require strengthening trust among
military and political actors, as well as an acknowledgement of differing
perspectives regarding the role of the defence industry in security and defence
Cooperation may continue to deepen as the momentum for it
builds, or through a binding agreement developing into a defence alliance –
Defence Alliance Finland-Sweden (DAFS).