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Europe Is Sweden's military too small even for its peacenik ways?

Increasingly, Swedes are saying yes – especially as Russian military exercises and patrols come more frequently and closer to Swedish territory.

Tim Hepher/Reuters/File

With fewer than 20,000 active military personnel to cover an area of 170,000 square miles and nearly 2,000 miles of coastline, Sweden is the most thinly defended of the so-called Nordic Four – Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark. So it is not exactly a secret that its military may be too small to defend its own territory.

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