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Sweden becomes latest NATO member

  • March 13, 2024
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Sweden becomes latest NATO member

On Monday 11th March, the Swedish flag was raised at the NATO headquarters in Brussels as the Nordic country became the latest member of the organisation. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation now counts 32 countries as its members.

“This is a historic day,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “Sweden will now take its rightful place at NATO’s table, with an equal say in shaping NATO policies and decisions. After over 200 years of non-alignment Sweden now enjoys the protection granted under Article 5, the ultimate guarantee of Allies’ freedom and security.”

Sweden boasts “capable armed forces” and a “first-class defence industry” according to Stoltenberg. This, the Secretary General added, strengthens NATO, makes Sweden safer, and “the whole alliance more secure,” adding that it “demonstrates that NATO’s door remains open and that every nation has the right to choose its own path.”

Within hours of joining, Swedish soldiers joined other new members, Finalnd, in the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War. Nordic Response was the name given to the exercise which saw 20,000 participants from 13 countries, 4,500 of whom were Swedish.

Swedish Defence Minister Pal Jonson said that they joined Finnish and Norwegian personnel for three days of high-intensity war games in a subarctic climate. “It is important to be able to contribute this special Swedish-Norwegian-Finnish capability to NATO,” Jonson said in a post.

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