NATO is growing: Finland will become the 31st member of the alliance

The date for the official transition from guest to member status has been set: Finland will become NATO's 31st member on Tuesday 4 April

NATO is growing: Finland will become the 31st member of the alliance

The date for the official transition from guest to member status has been set: Finland will become NATO's 31st member on Tuesday 4 April. "Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will welcome Finland as the 31st member", declared its secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, specifying that the Finnish flag would be hoisted Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon at the headquarters of the alliance in Brussels. "It is truly a historic day," he added, pointing out that it was the "fastest" accession process in recent NATO history.

Asked about the fate of Sweden, for which Turkey has not yet given the green light, the NATO chief was optimistic. “I am absolutely confident that Sweden will also become a member. It is, for NATO, for me, a priority to make sure this happens as quickly as possible,” he said at a press briefing. Sweden, like Finland, is already very integrated within NATO with the status of guest country.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the two countries decided to turn the page on their policy of military non-alignment in force since the 1990s, itself inherited from decades of forced or chosen neutrality, by asking to join the NATO in May 2022.