Swedish soldiers take part in Finnish naval exercise

ome 400 Swedish soldier are taking part in the exercise. (Erika Gabrielsson/Radio Sweden)
400 Swedish soldiers are taking part this week in a naval battle exercise in Finland, as part of an ever closer military co-operation between the two countries.

“We see a great value in this, as it is almost impossible to do an exercise of this scale with just Finnish troops,” says Arvi Tavaila, commander of the Finnish Nyland Brigade.

The exercise is taking place on the southwest island of Hästö-Busö. The Finnish Nyland brigade is a predominantly Swedish-speaking unit, which further helps co-operation, says Patrik Gardesten, who is the regimental commander of the Swedish Marines.

In its statement to parliament presented on Monday, Finland’s new government specifically mentioned an “intensified” defence co-operation with Sweden as a way to increase the security and stability of the Nordic region.

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Erika Gabrielsson, Radio Sweden

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