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The beloved score from Star Trek: First Contact was a surprising choice as the theme for the flag-raising ceremony when Sweden joined NATO.

Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in front of Zephram Cochrane meeting a Vulcan in Star Trek: First Contact


  • Sweden surprises by playing Star Trek: First Contact’s theme at NATO ceremony.
  • Director Jonathan Frakes approves of First Contact theme choice.
  • Star Trek: First Contact referenced Sweden, adding to the interesting connection.

The theme from Star Trek: First Contact, the second and most successful Star Trek: The Next Generation movie, was a surprise choice to play when Sweden joined NATO, and director Jonathan Frakes offers his reaction. Sweden joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on March 7, 2024. Sweden had maintained a policy of neutrality in military affairs since the Napoleonic Wars, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 prompted Sweden, along with Finland, to apply for NATO membership in May 2022.

TrekCentral posted a video on Twitter/X of the flag-raising ceremony in Brussels when Sweden officially joined NATO, where the theme from Star Trek: First Contact played. First Contact‘s orchestral score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, and it’s one of the most popular movie themes among Star Trek fans. Check out the video below:

Star Trek: First Contact’s director, Jonathan Frakes, reacted to his movie’s theme at Sweden’s NATO ceremony in an X post:

Amusingly, Sweden is referenced in Star Trek: First Contact. When Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) explains the Borg to Lily Sloane (Alfre Woodard), she replies, “Borg? Sounds Swedish.”

First Contact is the origin of Star Trek

Star Trek: First Contact is the most successful and popular of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies, and it’s also one of the most important Star Trek movies due to its significance to the franchise. First Contact depicts the literal first meeting between humans and Vulcans, and the first warp flight of a human-made starship built by Dr. Zephram Cochrane (James Cromwell). These pivotal events are the literal origin of Star Trek and the starting point for what would become Starfleet and, later, the United Federation of Planets.

Star Trek: First Contact is the high-water mark of the Star Trek: The Next Generation films.

In addition, Star Trek: First Contact is a dazzling and exciting sci-fi adventure as Captain Picard takes on the Borg aboard the USS Enterprise-E. First Contact introduced the Borg Queen (Alice Krige), one of the greatest Star Trek villains, who has returned numerous times in Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard. Directed by Jonathan Frakes and co-written by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga, Star Trek: First Contact is the high-water mark of the Star Trek: The Next Generation films. Sweden must agree First Contact is one of the best Star Trek movies if Jerry Goldsmith’s theme was chosen for the country’s NATO flag-raising ceremony,

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