Sweden’s NATO Membership Unlocks the Baltic Sea for Alliance, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality

Swedish Marine Lance Corporal Peter Jansell, a chief mechanic with the 1st Marine Regiment, observes the horizon on a Combat Boat 90 during exercise Archipelago Endeavor 23 in Sweden on Sept. 13, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

STOCKHOLM – Two months into its membership in NATO, Sweden is retooling its defense after 200 years of military neutrality.

Not since Napoleon’s 1812 campaign in Russia has Sweden formally allied militarily with another country, Minister of Defense Pål Jonson told reporters...


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