Formal request for NATO membership signed and presented

On 17 May, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde signed Sweden’s formal request for NATO membership, which was then presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May.

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde signs Sweden’s formal request for NATO membership on 17 May.

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde signs Sweden’s formal request for NATO membership on 17 May.

    Photo: Frida Drake/Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May by Ambassadors Axel Wernhoff (Sweden) and Klaus Korhonen (Finland).

    The requests were presented to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May by Ambassadors Axel Wernhoff (Sweden) and Klaus Korhonen (Finland).

    Photo: NATO

“It’s a historic day. It feels significant, it feels momentous. Joining NATO is the right thing for Sweden’s security and for security and stability in our part of Europe,” Ms Linde said at the signing.

Sweden’s request was presented to Secretary General Stoltenberg in Brussels by Sweden’s Ambassador to NATO, Axel Wernhoff. Finland’s request was presented at the same time.