The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a military alliance that consists of 30 member states from North America and Europe. It was established at the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty
on 4 April 1949. Article Five of the treaty states that if an armed attack occurs against one of the member states, it should be considered an attack against all members, and other members shall assist the attacked member, with armed forces if necessary.
Of the 30 members of NATO, two are North American countries and 28 are European countries. The founding members include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and the United States.