Finland to Ramp up Troop Levels Amid Heightened Russian Tensions

Finland to Ramp up Troop Levels Amid Heightened Russian Tensions
Finnish MoD

Worried about increasing East-West tensions in the Baltic Sea, Finland announced plans on Thursday to increase its wartime troops by 20 percent, from 230,000 to 280,000.

Finland - which is not a NATO member but has compulsory military service - cut its army down from 350,000 troops to 230,000 in 2012.

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