Finland and Sweden – stronger together as NATO members!

Hanaholmen, Espoo

7.11.2022 16:00 - 17:00

Seminar to mark the launch of a new anthology

May 18 marked the end of an era. Finland and Sweden decided to finally abandon their long-held policy of non-alignment and apply for NATO membership.

With Sweden and Finland as new NATO members, we are facing a completely new security situation in Northern Europe. Never before have so many Western countries been members of the same defence alliance. This will affect much more than Sweden’s and Finland’s own national defence and security policy; it will have an impact on all of NATO as well.

The anthology Stronger Together – Sweden and Finland on the Road Toward NATO, published by the Swedish think tank Frivärld [Free World] and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation, explores how membership will affect Finland, Sweden and NATO.

The chapters explore issues such as what military contribution Finland and Sweden will offer the Alliance, what specialisation the countries might be given, what conclusions we can draw from previous expansions, how Finland and Sweden will view NATO’s nuclear deterrence and how Finland and Sweden can contribute to NATO’s efforts to counter hybrid threats.

Moderator: Stefan Wallin, former Finnish Minister of Defence


  • Ann-Sofie Dahl, Associate Professor of International Relations and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Karlis Neretnieks, Major General, former Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm, and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences
  • Patrik Oksanen, senior fellow at Frivärld
  • Stefan Forss (TBC), professor and former associate professor at the Finnish National Defence University in Helsinki
  • Gunnar Hökmark, Chair, Frivärld
  • Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
  • Jörg See, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Nato HQ, Brussels

The book will be available for purchase at a discounted price as part of the seminar.

We look forward to seeing you!

Organisers: Hanaholmen, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the think tank Frivärld.