Language policy considerations said to sway Wallin on Dragsvik issue
Minister of Defence Stefan Wallin (Swed. People’s Party) has come under fire from opposition politicians over military spending cutbacks – specifically the future of the Dragsvik garrison, which houses the Uusimaa Brigade, the only Swedish-language military unit in Finland.
Swedish is Finland’s second official language, and under Finnish language legislation, at least one military unit in Finland must operate in Swedish. Dragsvik had been under consideration for closure in connection with ongoing cutbacks in spending. If this had happened, the Swedish language unit would have been moved to Upinniemi.
Defence Minister under increasing fire over decisions on Swedish-language garrison