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Sweden joins NATO


Why is it in the news?

  • Sweden has officially joined NATO, becoming its 32nd

 

More about the news

  • The decision to apply for NATO membership was triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, which raised concerns about regional security.
  • Finland, another Nordic country, had previously joined NATO in 2023, making it the 31st member. Sweden’s subsequent membership completes the integration of the entire Nordic region into NATO.

 

Significance of NATO Expansion

  • The inclusion of Sweden and Finland strengthens NATO’s collective defence capabilities by adding their military resources, expertise, and geographic position to the alliance.
  • With Sweden’s membership, NATO extends its strategic influence over the Baltic Sea region, enhancing security and stability in Northern Europe.
  • Integration of Sweden into NATO provides opportunities for collaboration and development within the defence industry, contributing to the alliance’s overall strength and resilience.

 

 

About NATO

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Established in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty (Washington Treaty) as a transatlantic political and military alliance.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 NATO’s headquarters is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Original Purposes:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Deterring Soviet expansionism during the Cold War.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Preventing the resurgence of nationalist militarism in Europe.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Promoting European political integration.

Important NATO Policies:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Article 5: Establishes a system of collective defence, stating that an attack against one member country is considered an attack against all member countries, obligating collective response.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Article 10: NATO membership is open to any other European state that upholds treaty principles and contributes to the security of the North Atlantic area.

Founding Member Countries (1949):

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, and United States.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Since its establishment in 1949, NATO’s membership has expanded from the original 12 founding countries to 32 through ten rounds of enlargement.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Besides Sweden and Finland, other countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Ukraine are aspiring to join NATO, provided they align with NATO principles and contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area.

 

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