March 31, 2023

Statement by the Secretary General on Finland’s membership in NATO

I welcome the vote by the Turkish Grand National Assembly to ratify Finland’s membership in NATO.

All 30 NATO Allies have now ratified the accession protocol.


Finland will formally join our Alliance in the coming days.


All Allies made a historic decision last year to invite Finland and Sweden to join our Alliance.
Since then, we have seen the fastest ratification process in NATO’s modern history.

All Allies agree that a rapid conclusion of the ratification process for Sweden will be in everyone’s interest.

I look forward to also welcoming Sweden as a full member of the NATO family as soon as possible.

Blue: NATO members
Light Blue: Enhanced Opportunity Partners
Orange: Partnership for Peace members
Red: Mediterranean Dialogue members
Purple: Istanbul Cooperation Initiative members
Yellow: Individual Partnership Action Plans
Green: Partners Across the Globe
The blue mark east of Colombia is French Guiana.