Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO amounts to a dramatic change in Euro-Atlantic security. The respective memberships of two militarily capable states will move NATO’s centre of gravity towards Northern Europe, creating an integrated Nordic-Baltic strategic place. Finland and Sweden joining the transatlantic alliance will not only enhance NATO’s foothold in Northern Europe, but also has the potential to facilitate deeper regional cooperation between the Nordic countries. This seminar addresses Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO from Nordic perspectives. Will the memberships inaugurate a new era in Nordic defence cooperation? Should the Nordic countries form a distinctive wing within the alliance?
Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
Kristian Fischer, Director, DIIS
Iro Särkkä, University of Helsinki
Eva Hagström Frisell, Deputy Research Director, FOI
Matti Pesu, Leading researcher, FIIA