A Finnish machine gunner participated in the Northern Wind exercise conducted by the Swedish army in cooperation with allied armies in northeastern part Sweden on March 22. (TT News Agency/Naina Helen Jaama via Reuters)

by Anna Wieslander

When NATO kicked off Trident Juncture, its largest collective defense exercise in decades in Norway in October 2018, militarily non-aligned Sweden and Finland not only contributed substantial troops, they were actively involved in planning the exercise from the start.

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