Finland, which shares a border with Russia, aims to create 300 new shooting ranges as interest in national defense increases. 

Finland proposes to build additional shooting ranges in response to increased demand following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

The Nordic country joined NATO in April, amid increased security worries.  

The Finnish government intends to raise the number of civilian shooting ranges from 670 to around 1,000 by 2030. 

Finland is to open additional shooting ranges to accommodate increased demand following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to a report by Finnish public radio Yle on Tuesday. 

Finland, which shares an 830-mile border with Russia, joined NATO in April, citing national security concerns following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine over two years earlier. 

According to Yle, Finns' interest in national defense has grown since the Ukraine war began, with training days among national defense aficionados tripling. 

Because current shooting ranges also serve other users such as hunters and police, additional facilities are necessary owing to high demand. 

There are around 670 civilian shooting ranges in Finland, down from over 2,000 prior to the year 2000. The Finnish government intends to increase the number to over 1,000 by 2030, according to Yle. 

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