Nordic ideals of Estonia and Finland: a longing for a strong leader sets Finland and Estonia apart from Scandinavia

Finland joined Nordic cooperation in the 1930s and has valued being part of the Nordic countries ever since. Estonia has striven to be a member of the prestigious Nordic club since the 1990s. Today, the political cultures of Finland and Estonia share a surprisingly large number of common features, although there are also differences. The entrenchment of democratic values among citizens is at a good average European level in both, but lower than in other Nordic countries.

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The First Ever Estonian National Defence Conference: Threats, Defence Capabilities and Comprehensive National Defence

“We are constantly contributing 5% of the state budget to the development of Defence Forces ready to go to war not in the future, but if necessary, this evening. Is it logical to assume that if the Defence Forces must be ready to go to war today, figuratively speaking, the same crisis could come to the rest of the country and society in the years to come in a forthcoming state budget strategy period?” President Kersti Kaljulaid asked opening the first ever Estonian National Defence Conference.

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Russia continues to test western resolve – Spetsnaz units operating in Norwegian territory

On 27 September 2019, the well-informed Norwegian security and defence portal reported that Russian Spetsnaz units were recently found operating inside Norwegian territory. More specifically, Russian forces were discovered both on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and on mainland Norway.

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Asia Rising

The importance of Asia in the global arena is growing. It would be a mistake to think that this does not concern Estonia. The September issue of Diplomaatia is dedicated to developments in this geographically distant but technologically near continent.

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