Sweden formally joins NATO military alliance, ending centuries of neutrality

A JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighter aircraft takes off from Lulea-Kallax Airport, Sweden on March 4, 2024 during the NATO Nordic Response 24 military exercise, a Norwegian national exercise conducted in Northern Sweden, Norway and Finland with associated airspace and waters .

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Sweden officially joined NATO on Thursday as its 32nd member, almost two years after it first joined the military alliance.

Earlier on Thursday, the Swedish government said in a statement that it was holding an extraordinary meeting to vote on joining NATO, after all current members approved joining the military alliance.

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