EFTA 1960-1969 Historical Atlas
European Integration






European Free Trade Association (EFTA)



In 1973 key EFTA members - the UNITED KINGDOM, DENMARK and IRELAND joined the EEC; the Norwegian government had intended to join, but the move was rejected in a plebiscite.
That left NORWAY, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, PORTUGAL and ICELAND, which had joined in 1970, as members. PORTUGAL left to join the EU in 1986; that year, FINLAND became a full member of EFTA.
In a next exodus, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA and FINLAND left EFTA to join the EEC in 1995; the Norwegian government had applied for membership, too, but the Norwegian populace again rejected the move in another plebiscite.
The EEA (European Economic Area) AGREEMENT signed in 1993 set EU-EFTA relations on a stable footing. Currently Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway remain EFTA members.


EXTERNAL
FILES
European Integration History Index, from WWW Virtual Library
EFTA: 40 years of Free Trade, from EFTA Secretariat
DOCUMENTS Historical Documents 1930- , from the History of European Integration Site at Leiden University
REFERENCE Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1971, pp. 318-320 (on events in 1970) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1972, pp. 292-294 (on events in 1971) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1973, pp. 289-293 (on events in 1972) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1974, pp. 308-310 (on events in 1973) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1975, pp. 290-293 (on events in 1974) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1976, pp. 337-340 (on events in 1975) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1977, pp. 336-339 (on events in 1976) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1980, pp. 372-377 (on events in 1979) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1981, pp. 374-377 (on events in 1980) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1982, pp. 372-375 (on events in 1981) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1983, pp. 369-372 (on events in 1982) [G]
Article West European Affairs, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1986, pp. 516-518 (on events in 1985) [G]
Article West European Affairs, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1989, pp. 443-446 (on events in 1988) [G]



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First posted on July 17th 2001, last revised on June 18th 2006

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