• Geopolitics 

    Finland hasn't internal conflict. Concerning the external aspect, since the eighties (period of Finlandization by URSS) Finland hasn't conflict with its neighbouring country. 

    The baltic is an area both maritime and multi-secular politics. It's a place of competition and cooperation between power with sometimes conflicting interests. 

    However since the Ukrainian crisis, the Nordic countries have been forced to reconsider their defense policy and their alliances. Finland trains about 230 000 soldiers, only for ground troops. This large army, one of the most modern in Europe, which has US combat aircraft F / A-18 Hornet US and sophisticated missiles, and a small naval force with advanced materials, form a fairly deterrent tool. Finnish society is also very stable, which makes the country fairly resistant to cope with the destabilizing techniques used by Russia in Ukraine.

    Finns are convinced that the country must ensure its own survival, that person will never come to his aid. So, between 60% and 70% of citizens are opposed since 20 years to the country's entry into NATO. But for security, the European Union is the preferred option by Finland which has called for increased military cooperation between European in the 90's to strengthen their collective capabilities for crisis management, and more recently in favor a strengthening of territorial defense component.

    Sweden and Finland plan to have in 2023 a permanent bilateral naval force to patrol, hunt suspects submarines and support each other in case of military attack.

    Finland has increase its military budget. At operational level a series of violations of the airspace of the country, as well as aviation and submarine foreign have held on alert Finnish forces during 2015. The country needs to maintain good relations with Russia, while being a member of an opposing camp at Moscow to which the EU applies sanctions. Implying meetings at the highest political level.


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