The Nordic Response 24 military exercise led by Norway begins on Monday in the northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The 12-day drill is significant for Finland as in addition to being the largest exercise the Finnish Defence Forces has ever joined abroad, it’s also the first time FinlandContinue Reading

During a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Ulf Kristersson on Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban emphasized that his country had embarked on a new phase of relations with Sweden. The announcement coincides with Budapest’s impending ratification of Stockholm’s protracted NATO bid. Hungary stands as the final memberContinue Reading

Those European countries lagging behind on defense and security commitments should hike their domestic taxation to finance higher spending in this area, former president Kersti Kaljulaid says. Kaljulaid attended last weekend’s Munich Security Conference and appeared on ETV politics show “Esimene stuudio” Wednesday evening. “We have done surprisingly little,” sheContinue Reading

More than 1,000 troops from the UK, U.S., and France were given medals for serving with NATO forces in Estonia on Wednesday. Mission medals were presented to: the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers from the United Kingdom, the 1st Infantry Regiment (1er régiment d’infanterie) participating in Mission Lynx fromContinue Reading

Helmikuun aikana puolustusvoimien reservistä eronneiden määrä on noussut niin suureksi, ettei kaikille tahdo riittää vapaita paikkoja siviilipalvelus­velvollisten täydennyskoulutukseen. Reservistä eroavien aalto käynnistyi helmikuun alussa, kun puolustusministeri Antti Häkkänen (kok) kertoi Kyrönmaa-lehdelle ryhtyvänsä toimiin, ettei reservistä voisi enää erota. Myöhemmin ministeri pehmitteli puheitaan ja kertoi, ettei reservistä eroamista estäviä toimia nytContinue Reading