Despite expansion, Swedes, Finns remain NATO-skeptic

  • 2003-01-23
HELSINKI-STOCKHOLMIn the wake of NATO's historic seven-country expansion, traditionally neutral Finns and Swedes remain opposed to joining the military bloc, though support for the alliance is slowly increasing. Finnish support for joining NATO is on the rise but remains low at just 24 percent, according to a poll published Jan. 15. An overwhelming 77 percent of Finns said they wanted a referendum to be held to determine whether to join, according to the poll published in the local press.Meanwhile, a majority of Swedes are against the idea of joining NATO, with opposition rising in the past...
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