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Sweden and Finland in ’rapid reaction force’

Published tisdag 5 oktober 2004 kl 13.57

Sweden and Finland agree to be part of larger EU ’battle group’.

Finland and Sweden will provide soldiers for a joint unit in a European Union rapid reaction force, which will help in international crises and humanitarian aid projects. 

The two neutral Nordic nations also want a third country, most likely NATO member Norway, to provide troops for the unit, known as a ‘battle group’.  The battle group will be made up of 15 hundred professional soldiers, with 200 provided by Finland and the remainder coming from Sweden and the third country. 

The joint unit will be part of a planned 14 thousand member EU rapid reaction force that could be deployed within five days in an emergency.

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