Finland and Sweden consider NATO membership

Q: In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nordic neighbors of Sweden and Finland are considering ending more than 70 years of neutrality and joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance. Where are Sweden and Finland, which shares an 833-mile border with Russia?

Circle the area on this map

Q: Leaders of the nations, which long served as buffers between eastern and western powers, said last week they were working closely together and would announce their decisions this month. Finland first became an independent nation during which war?

A. 30-years War

B. Crimean War

C. World War I

D. World War II

Q: The Russian Empire ruled what is now Finland for a little more than a century. Before that, Sweden ruled the same territory for more than how long?

A. 4 centuries

B. 3 centuries

C. 2 centuries

D. 1 century

Q: Sweden shares no border with Russia, but it once ruled the site of Russia’s second-largest city ...

A. Leningrad

B. Petrograd

C. Saint Petersburg

D. All of the above

Q: Russian leaders warned Sweden and Finland not to join NATO, saying it would not add to the stability of Europe and they could face “military and political consequences.” One of Russia’s reasons for invading Ukraine is that it would not promise stay out of NATO. If Sweden and Finland join, how many nations would be NATO members?

A. 42

B. 32

C. 22

D. 12

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