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Regions of Europe bordering the Baltic Sea

The Baltic states, also known as the Baltic countries, Baltic republics, Baltic nations or simply the Baltics (Estonian: Balti riigid, Baltimaad, Latvian: Baltijas valstis, Lithuanian: Baltijos valstybės), is a geopolitical term used for grouping the three countries in Northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The term is not used in the context of cultural areas, national identity or language. The three countries cooperate on a regional level in several intergovernmental organizations.

Geographical type: Region

Area: 175,015 km²

  • Denmark - Territory in northen Europe, ruled since 1953 by the Kongeriget Danmark
  • Estonia - Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1991 by the Eesti Vabariik
  • Finland - Territory in northern Europe, ruled since 1917 by the Suomen tasavalta
  • Germany - Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1990 by the Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • Latvia - Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1990 by the Latvijas Republika
  • Lithuania - Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1991 by the Lietuvos Respublika
  • Poland - Territory in central Europe, ruled since 1989 by the Rzeczpospolita Polska
  • Sweden - Territory in northern Europe, ruled since 1905 by the Konungariket Sverige


Obama Plays with Fire in Ukraine, by Sheldon Richman, 23 Apr 2014
Discusses Obama's decision to send troops to Poland and Baltic states in addition to sanctions on Russia over the 2014 Crimea crisis and the implications of having the continued existence and expansion of the NATO alliance
Obama has dispatched 600 soldiers to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia ... Those four former members of the defunct Soviet bloc are now members of NATO, the very active alliance established after World War II ostensibly to keep the Red Army out ... One might have expected NATO to disappear along with the Soviet Union, but ... it moved aggressively eastward toward Russia by inducting former Soviet allies and republics as members ... what if something happens between Russia and Poland or one of the Baltic states? Under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, an attack on one member is regarded as an attack on all.
Related Topics: Cold War, Barack Obama, Russia, Ukraine

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Baltic states" as of 3 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.