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Sweden and Finland enhance defence cooperation

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At a meeting in Reykjavik on 7 June, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support. The memorandum of understanding enhances the capacity of the two countries to act together in times of peace, crisis and war.

Peter Hultqvist and Antti Kaikkonen sitting next to each other and write their names  on some paper.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support. Photo: Ulrika Langels/Ministry of Defence

At a defence ministers meeting in Iceland on 7–8 June, the two defence ministers signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support. It further enhances bilateral defence and security cooperation between Sweden and Finland. A memorandum of understanding on host country support provides both countries with better conditions to conduct military operations in times of peace, crisis and war.

“With regard to defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland, the aim of host country support is to create better conditions for operating on each other’s territory, including within the framework of joint operations. Being able to give and receive military support is therefore central. The memorandum of understanding will improve our capacity to act here and now, but also after we become NATO members,” says Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

A bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support is a concrete measure to improve Sweden’s and Finland’s capacity to take responsibility for their common security. Host country support concerns the activities that a host country conducts, under a specific agreement, to support and enable the operations of another state’s forces.