What are the benefits and drawbacks of adding Finland and Sweden to NATO?

Both nations are stepping away from their long-held neutrality

The NATO symbol.
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Both Finland and Sweden have now formally applied to join the NATO military alliance, whose leadership has made it clear it would welcome both countries quickly (barring any complications from alliance member Turkey and its president).

But what benefits would an expanded Nordic influence bring NATO, Finland, and Sweden? What are the potential drawbacks?

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