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Finland and Sweden want to join NATO. How does that work, and are there obstacles?

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Finland and Sweden want to join NATO. How does that work, and are there obstacles?

Finland and Sweden on Wednesday applied to join NATO, in a move that would bolster the military alliance’s power against Russia as Moscow continues its war in Ukraine. NATO officials have said the membership application could be completed “in a couple of weeks” — but becoming full-fledged members will take longer. Here’s a brief guide to what you should know about expanding the world’s biggest security alliance, formally named the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.