As Sweden joins NATO, it bids farewell to more than two centuries of neutrality

March 02, 2024

For the next two centuries, Sweden embraced a policy of neutrality, refusing to take sides in wars or join any military alliance. This remarkably long era of nonalignment is coming to a close as Sweden joins NATO. As Sweden joins NATO, it bids a final farewell to more than two centuries of neutrality, (AP Photo/TT News Agency/Marko Saavala, File)Still, new anxieties come with being part of an alliance amid rising tensions between Russia and the West. As Sweden joins NATO, it bids a final farewell to more than two centuries of neutrality. This handout shows part of a diplomatic letter sent by the Swedish King to Britain and Russia in 1834, declaring Sweden’s neutrality, on Jan. 4, 1834.