"Indeed, in practice this would mean that we should have some kind of defense agreement with Sweden, because we would be talking about crucial capabilities, for example, in the navy or the air force," Haglund said on Sunday.
Haglund expressed the view that shared defense materials would require a detailed division of activities between Finland and Sweden. He declined to specify what these would be, beyond mentioning the example of a division of sea and airspace surveillance.
"For just this reason, some kind of treaty or defense pact would be needed. Myself, I do not rule this out as some kind of vision. But this is not two years away, rather sometime later," Defense Minister Haglund speculated.
He added that the matter is a major issue of principle that would demand thorough examination. In any case, he would not include Nordic NATO member countries in this cooperation.
"For Finland and Sweden, this would be possible in theory, if the political will is found," Haglund stated.
Haglund further pointed out that public opinion polls have shown that the vast majority of Finns are in favour of Nordic defense cooperation. For this reason, he says he considers the latest opening in the issue as a welcome one.
Latest in: News
Former PM: SDP like the Centre of the 70s
Former Centre Party chairman and Prime Minister during the early 90s, Esko Aho, says he sees parallels between the position of the Social Democratic Party today and that of Centre of the 1970s when his party faced the impact of economic change.
Two collisions in Pirkanmaa injure eight, five seriously
Two separate, but nearly identical head-on collisions in Pirkanmaa on Saturday injured eighth people, five of them seriously.
Fake cops steal from tourists
Three men, two posing as policemen, on Friday scammed a group of Brazilian tourists in Helsinki out of several thousand euros.
Pussy Riot members cancel appearances, whereabouts unknown
Weekend performances in Helsinki by two members of the Russian political performance group Pussy Riot, as well as scheduled interviews, were cancelled on Saturday. According to a web posting on the group's site late in the day, the two had no intention of performing in Helsinki. Organizers say otherwise.
STX Turku begins building TUI cruise liner
STX Turku had something to celebrate for a change, as the construction of a cruise liner for the German shipping company TUI kicked off at the shipyard.
Greens gather for party convention
This weekend, the Green League is holding its party convention in Helsinki and Espoo. Ville Niinistö will continue at the helm of the party.
More younger people, women and foreigners caught drink-driving
A new study shows an overall decline in driving under the influence -- and a change in the profile of those involved.
Pre Helsinki aims to uncover up-and-coming Finnish fashion designers
A new fashion event launched in the Finnish capital, Pre Helsinki, is aimed at raising the international profile of young home-grown designers.
Animal rights activists cleared of pig-farm video charges
Nearly all charges have been dropped against animal rights activists who secretly filmed cases of neglect at pork farms.
More Finnish kids opt to study English than native languages
English remains by far the most-studied foreign language in Finnish comprehensive schools.