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The Defence Forces' participation in international training cooperation in 2024

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 20.11.2023 10.21 | Published in English on 20.11.2023 at 10.30
Press release

Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen has decided on the Defence Forces' participation in international training cooperation in 2024. In accordance with the Government Programme, Finland actively participates in international exercises.

As a Member of NATO, international exercises will become an increasingly integral part of normal training and exercises in the Finnish Defence Forces. The exercises will improve the ability to lead and implement joint operations with allies as part of Finland's defence and that of NATO.

The plan for international exercises for 2024 includes 103 exercises in Finland and abroad while in 2023, the figure was 89. Some of the exercises that were national in the past will now be international with troops from allied nations taking part.

After Finland joined NATO, the most important change is that Finland will also participate in exercises that develop the operational capability and readiness required for NATO's joint operations. The exercises also test operational plans as part of the Alliance's command and troop structure. Exercises under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty are part of training and exercises.

Led by Norway, Nordic Response will be the most important exercise in 2024 for developing the Defence Forces' operational capability. 14 countries will participate in the exercise, which takes partly place in Northern Finland.

The Defence Forces will provide more detailed information about training and exercises later.

Brigadier General Sami Nurmi, Director of the National Defence Unit, Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 330 and Major Mikko Koskimaa, Senior Staff Officer, tel. +358 295 140 112.

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