A short ferry ride from Finland’s capital Helsinki lies the fortress island of Suomenlinna, and a long-decommissioned submarine. Under the terms of a treaty agreed with the Soviet Union in 1948, Finland secured political autonomy but had to defang its military — meaning no operational subs.
Now, Finland is again poking the bear. Its president and prime minister announced today they’d support an application to join NATO, overturning decades of neutrality as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A formal decision should come this weekend. Sweden is expected to follow suit.