Implications of a Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership for Security in the Baltic Sea Region

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Jul 06, 2022 | Wilson Center, Robin Forsberg, Aku Kähkönen, Janna Öberg

In their report for the Wilson Center, Robin ForsbergAku Kähkönen and Janna Öberg provide insights into how Finland and Sweden’s prospective NATO membership will change the military and political landscape of the Baltic Sea region. They suggest that in terms of market dynamics, the Nordic defense markets are competitive, but NATO membership is likely to strengthen the two countries’ access to international arms markets and open opportunities for greater specialization and collaboration. The report summarizes Finnish and Swedish military expenditures in recent years, details current projects, discusses bilateral defense cooperation between Finland and Sweden; and situates the two Nordic countries in the security landscape of the Baltic Sea region.


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