Nordic Freedom Organised a Security Seminar in the Parliament of Finland

Nordic Freedom organised a security seminar on 3 October in the Parliament of Finland. The topic of the seminar revolved around security related questions in the Nordic countries. The speakers of the seminar were highly renowned experts in the field of internal and border security as well as national defence.

One of the focus of the seminar was to discuss how immigration during the past year had affected security in the Nordic countries. The Chair Juho Eerola opened the seminar by describing Nordic cooperation in the field of immigration. His suggestion was to establish a so called immigration policy group within the Nordic Council in order to exchange experiences and join forces in tackling some of the issues related to mass immigration. Eerola stressed the importance of “return agreements” with countries of origin so that people that did not receive an asylum in the Nordic countries could be safely returned.

Jussi Niinistö
Jussi Niinistö

Minister of Defence of Finland Mr. Niinistö gave a speech about the drastic changes in the security environment of Finland. The recent military operations of Russia had caused many alterations in the military build-up of nations throughout Europe. Finland’s defence policy rest on national defence forces as well as tight international cooperation especially with EU, NATO, Nordic countries and bilaterally with Sweden and the United States. Many of the Nordic countries had been forced to take action towards refortifying their defence forces and even to consider reintroduction of conscription, the Minister described.

Petri Knape from the Ministry of Interior and Pasi Kostamovaara from the Finnish Border and Coast Guard talked about the internal security challenges that immigration had caused in Finland. Brigadier General Kostamovaara stressed the importance of cooperation with the bordering countries as well as third countries in securing borders in situations related to immigration.

Peter Kofod Poulsen
Peter Kofod Poulsen

Member of the Danish Parliament Peter Kofod Poulsen described the actions that Denmark has taken in managing immigration recently. He described how the border control and tightening of the immigration policy have been crucial in terms of slowing the influx of refugees and migrants to Denmark.

Dr. Peter Viggo Jakobsen from the Royal Danish Defence College replied in his presentation to the question whether NATO brings security. His answer was yes it does, although he saw that NATO had a mixed record of achievements. In his opinion Finland and Sweden would be welcome to join NATO if they so willed.

Links to speeches and presentations in the seminar

Peter Kofod Poulsen
Peter Viggo Jakobsen