Hungary Gives Approval for Sweden to Join NATO

February 27, 2024

Today is a historic day. The parliaments of all NATO member states have now voted in favour of Swedish accession to NATO. Sweden stands ready to shoulder its responsibility for Euro-Atlantic security.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on X, previously known as Twitter. On Monday, Hungary gave their approval to Sweden to join NATO, their final hurdle for membership.

Why It Matters: Sweden is on track to become the 32nd member of NATO. Their membership strengthens NATO’s presence in the Baltic Sea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that touches Russia, thus helping provide increased monitoring amid regional conflict. Finland, sharing an 830 mile border with Russia, joined NATO in April and doubled NATO’s land border with Russia.

Background: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the largest military alliance in the world, now with 31 members; rather than having its own troops, NATO relies on troops and resources from member nations to carry out missions. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, there was a push to invite non-NATO members Finland and Sweden to join the alliance to help bolster the alliance’s presence in the region neighboring Russia. (Note: Ukraine is not a NATO member.)

Read More:

Hungary has approved Sweden’s bid to join NATO, the final hurdle to membership (NPR)

Hungary’s Parliament Approves Sweden’s NATO Bid After Stalling (The New York Times)

by Sarah Pinkerton, based in Paris