Swedish government takes formal decision to apply for NATO membership

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Sweden's PM Magdalena Andersson holds a news conference, in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Social Democrat minority government on Monday took the formal decision to apply for NATO membership, following in the footsteps of its neighbour Finland in a move that will redraw the geopolitical map of northern Europe.

"There is a broad majority in Sweden's parliament for joining NATO," Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said following a debate on security policy in parliament. "The best thing for Sweden and the Swedish population is to join NATO."

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a "special operation", has highlighted Sweden and Finland's vulnerabilities despite their close cooperation with NATO in recent years.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Simon Johnson; editing by Niklas Pollard)

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