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NATO Responce Force

Finland participates in NATO's Response Force activities. Finns take part in force exercises and Finland assigns soldiers to NATO for fixed periods of time.

Finland participates in the activities with the same forces that can be used for EU, UN and OECD (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) purposes. The forces fulfil the same requirements set for crisis management forces as in other crisis management operations.

In order for Finnish forces to participate in an operation alongside NATO forces, the following are required:

  • the Finnish Parliament's approval
  • the North Atlantic Council's approval