Finland’s membership in NATO would be a major boost to the alliance’s presence in the Baltic Sea region and a major security factor for the region’s nations. For the alliance, it would mean a larger, more capable military force, as well as a more geographically strategic presence. For Finland, it would mean greater security, increased diplomatic clout and the potential to benefit from NATO defense capabilities and resources. It could also provide Finland access to weapons and training programs, along with the sharing of intelligence and other materials and services. Additionally, as a member of NATO, Finland would have a seat at the table when it comes to important security and political decisions, and it could benefit from the alliance’s collective defense capabilities.