Scandinavia’s defense dilemma

Beyond the differences between the countries of the Scandinavian peninsula (we will analyze here Finland, as well, though it is not a “Scandinavian” country from a linguistic point of view and, by a historical one, its links with Sweden were severed in 1809 with the Peace of Frederiskshaven and its annexation by Russia), all of them have a feature in common, represented by an apparent contradiction: such states couple a traditional and distinctive element of pacifism, “the welfare state” and culture of “positive welcome,” along with an equally strong commitment in the military field.