Swedish Prime Minister concerned about Norway’s travel restrictions and cross-border trade

Stefan LöfvenPhoto: Erik Simander / TT / NTB
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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is worried about the consequences of Norwegian travel restrictions on cross-border trade.

Sweden’s unease related to Norwegian entry restrictions was the central message from the Swedish side during Löfven’s video meeting with Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) on Monday.

That is what Gösta Brunnander, the spokesman for the Swedish Prime Minister, revealed.

“We see that the current restrictions have quite large consequences for cross-border trade,” Brunnander told news bureau NTB.

A positive meeting

He nevertheless emphasized that it was a positive meeting.

The two prime ministers also discussed issues such as vaccine development, defense cooperation, High North policy, and cooperation in the UN.

Solberg told NTB on Monday that she understood Swedish concerns over the travel restrictions.

“I can see that it’s demanding for those with jobs along the border who are dependent on Norwegian border trade,” Solberg said in a telephone interview with NTB after the video meeting with Löfven.

“But we have created a system that we have been quite consistent on, and we will continue to do so,” she added.

At the moment, Norway has entry quarantine requirements for 14 out of 21 regions in Sweden.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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