Finland Joins NATO: What Benefits Can the Alliance Expect?

In this file photo dated Aug. 29, 2014, NATO naval mine countermeasure vessels berth in Turku, Finland, during the international Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO14) military exerciseInternationalIndiaAfricaWhile The Global Firepower Index ranks Finland’s military as the 51st-most powerful in the world, it is often viewed as having Western Europe’s strongest artillery, possessing more pieces than France […]

Denmark Lacking Replacement Soldiers for NATO Mission in Latvia

Danish SoldiersInternationalIndiaAfricaDenmark’s defense capabilities have been depleted by numerous missions abroad, as well as massive military assistance to Ukraine, which forced the government to admit that the nation’s war chest is scraped bare.In an uncomfortable admission from the nation’s own top brass, Denmark is apparently struggling to provide a replacement for its rotating mission in […]

Swedish Military Poised for Greatest Upgrade Since 1950s as NATO Bid Skids

A Swedish Navy fast-attack craft patrols in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden (file)InternationalIndiaAfricaAccording to Defense Minister Pal Jonson, the overhaul will be mainly focused on future technologies such as autonomous drones and space capabilities, as well as improved cyber defenses while Sweden’s future as a NATO member remains increasingly uncertain after a recent string of […]

Norway Preparing for Its Largest Military Drill of the Year

US Marines in NorwayInternationalIndiaAfricaThe biennal international exercise Joint Viking includes land, navy, and air forces, as well as allied contributions. This year’s edition is expected to host a total of 10,000 Norwegian and allied soldiers.Preparations are underway for the international drill Joint Viking, billed as this year’s highlight for Norway, as some 750 soldiers from […]

Thousands of Danes Clamor Against Removing Christian Holiday for War Spending

Protesters gather on Christiansborg Square in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, during a demonstration on February 5, 2023 against the abolishment of a public holiday in order to finance the country’s defense budget. InternationalIndiaAfricaDanish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen notoriously said that she saw no problem in working an extra day. However, tens […]

Norwegian Archeology Buffs Find 5,000-Year-Old Battle Ax

A worker with a spadeInternationalIndiaAfricaA spate of high-profile finds including Viking swords that made international headlines have spurred vocal calls for greater recognition of voluntary efforts by amateurs from the professional community.Amateur metal detectorists from Norway have stumbled upon several ancient objects in Agder County in the southern part of the country, including a 5,000-year-old […]

Greta Thunberg Leads Hundreds of Youths in Suing Swedish State for ‘Illegal’ Climate Policy

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses for a photo by the Ahkka mountain at the world heritage site of the Laponia area in Sapmi on July 13, 2021.InternationalIndiaAfricaResearchers have warned that the Swedish and North European climate movement has become “more radical and confrontational” because activists are frustrated by what they see as the authorities’ […]

Proposed Finnish Fence on Russia Border Will Affect Wildlife, Researchers Warn

Wild BoarInternationalIndiaAfricaThe fence is expected stretch hundreds of kilometers, be more than three meters high and fitted with barbed wire. In the proposed form, it will stop any large mammals from getting over, under or through it, thus disrupting traditional migration patterns, researchers say.The proposed construction of a fence stretching up to 260 kilometers in […]

Finnish Government Faces First-Ever Lawsuit Over Climate Inaction Amid Backfiring Sanctions

Pylons of high-tension electricity power lines are seen next to the GRES-1 coal-fired thermal power plant outside EkibastuzInternationalIndiaAfricaThe EU’s need to power its industry and keep its houses warm amid a self-inflicted energy crisis may wipe out the bloc’s far-reaching climate ambitions that include carbon neutrality and a comprehensive ban on fossil fuels. In Finland […]