NATO allies: How long will it take for Finland to join NATO?

Once Finland’s Parliament has announced its support for NATO membership, the alliance is expected to issue a formal invitation for Finland to join.

The invitation should come at the end of June, when NATO leaders will meet in Madrid.

There are then five steps to the accession process. The first of these will see NATO experts and representatives of the individual countries meet in Brussels.

Here, they will ensure Finland is willing and able to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments of NATO membership.