The stability of neighbouring regions is important for Finland's security. The Finnish Defence Forces represent Finland abroad in operations that create peace in our environment. We implement Finland's security policy in practice both at home and abroad.
Our peacekeepers work in crisis areas around the world to improve security. Finnish volunteers serve in UN and NATO tasks from the Balkans to Pakistan.
International cooperation brings safety and boosts development
Finland engages in cooperation in international organisations to enhance trust between states. The Finnish Defence Forces, for instance, help implement agreements according to which states may monitor each other's armed forces. Finland's most important cooperation partners are the other Nordic countries, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and the EU and NATO.
The Defence Forces' international cooperation includes exercises with other partner nations. We also send personnel abroad for educational purposes and ensure that our equipment comply with international standards.
International activities in the Finnish Defence Forces
International Crisis Management — Military crisis management is one of the Defence Forces' statutory tasks. More information on this site.
Nordic Defence Cooperation — The Finnish Defence Forces work in close cooperation with the armed forces of other Nordic countries. Read more on this site.
The EU's Common Security and Defence Policy — Deepening the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) strengthens Finland's security. Learn more on this site.
NATO's Partnership for Peace Programme — The Finnish Defence Forces participate in NATO's partnership activities and cooperation. Visit this site for more information.
International Exercises — The Defence Forces participate in 60-70 international exercises and training events a year. See this page for more information.
Arms control — Arms control agreements seek to increase trust and security through openness and transparency. More information on the topic on this page.
Standardisation — Standardisation is about coming up with common operating procedures. Standardisation increases the interoperability of equipment, it increase security, it protects the consumer and the environment and it facilitates national and international interoperability. Read more on this site.
Developing capabilities — International cooperation helps the Defence Forces develop their capacities. Visit this site for more information.