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Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:22 AM

Why didn't Finland and Sweden ever join NATO?

It seems odd, especially Finland….

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:25 AM

1. I think they wanted to remain neutral in the event of conflict.

I think that now they are considering NATO membership.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:33 AM

4. Sweden was always sorta neutral, although...

it had its problems with neutrality in ww2. The other answer about Finland is right. They try to be neutral about Russia, but it just ain't easy.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:27 AM

2. Because Finland didn't want to piss off the giant country next to them...

(that invaded them once before).

It is also an expensive addition to a country's defense budget.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:32 AM

3. Well, now we know that being a good neighbor to Putin

doesn’t count for much.

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Response to Sogo (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:43 AM

7. Exactly. I hope these 'neutral' European countries

don't expect America and NATO to come bail them out if Russia attacks. Unlike Ukraine, which begged to be in NATO but was blocked by corrupt Putin-appeasing European leaders - Finland and Sweden have chosen not to be in NATO. Europe as a whole (including existing NATO nations) have to start contributing more to their own defense. The reason they have so much better healthcare than we do is because our taxes have to fund a large military - that they expect will protect them should Russia attack. F that - let them start stepping up and contributing more to their own defense and to collective Western security.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:36 AM

5. Finland had a precarious relationship with Russia ...

... dating back to the treaty they signed with the Soviets in 1948. Despite two armed conflicts with Russia between 1939 and 1941, the Finns managed to hang on to their autonomy, albeit with some restrictions, like a limitation on the size of their armed forces. This is more than can be said for most of Eastern Europe.

The Finnish attitude has been described as "bowing to the East without mooning the West." After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Finns stayed on essentially the same path, but I think they are now reconsidering.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:37 AM

6. we (Sweden) have not been in a militarily alliance or went to war for 208 years, since 1814

The Napoleonic Wars was the last time. We have sent peacekeeping troops multiple times.

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