Sweden Officially Joins NATO

Sweden is set to officially join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Thursday, March 7th, 2024. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson is in Washington D.C. to finalize documents with NATO officials.

The White House said in a statement, “Having Sweden as a NATO Ally will make the United States and our Allies even safer.” Sweden’s ascension as the 32nd member of the alliance follows neighboring Finland, after the two countries fought a lengthy political battle with Turkey and Hungary to receive the required unanimous consent among current member states. Sweden sought this alliance, along with Finland, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The ceremony will likely take place on Monday, the 11th, at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. During the ceremony, the Swedish flag will be raised for the first time among the flags of the other NATO members.