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Nearly 1,600 women volunteer for Finnish military service

This year Finland's armed forces have received the second highest number of female applicants in the country's history.

Image: Matti Myller / Yle

A total of 1,588 women have signed up for voluntary military service in Finland this year. The number of applicants is the second highest in the country's history, with the record set at 1675 female volunteers last spring, according to a press release by the Finnish army.

The last date to apply for recruits was 1 March. Volunteers could apply online for the first time. Finland's Defence Forces have trained over 11,000 women in the reserve over the years.

The Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Kim Mattsson says that women are highly motivated to serve in the military and perform "extremely well."

"With age cohorts getting smaller, women’s role in national defence will increase even more," he states.

The Defence Forces aim to increase the number of women in military service to about 2,000 a year.

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