Thursday, April 06, 2023


After thorough debates across their whole societies and with large parliamentary majorities supporting the decision, Finland and Sweden simultaneously handed their official letters of application to join NATO over to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May 2022.  NATO Heads of State and Government extended an invitation to Finland and Sweden to join the Alliance at the Madrid Summit on 29 June 2022.  The accession protocols for both countries were signed on 5 July 2022 after completion of accession talks.  The protocols must now be ratified by all Allies, according to their national procedures.  

As of 4 April 2023, Finland becomes the 31st member of NATO and the NATO PA.

As it has done with past accessions, the NATO PA is monitoring and encouraging prompt ratification of Sweden's accession in Allied parliaments.

-- NATO Parliament Assembly on Ratification of Finland and Sweden's Accession to NATO, updated 4 April 2023

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