Iceland Overview Nations // North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

OVERVIEW Iceland is a founding member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), but it has no armed forces and relies entirely on the U.S., Norway and other members of the alliance and region for air defense and protection against foreign aggression. A 1951 defense agreement with the U.S., new defense agreements with Nordic countries and Iceland's NATO membership constitute the basis of its defense policy. An island nation, Iceland does operate a small coast guard known as the...


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