The Swedish government is proposing to offer food to Finland after the two countries struck a landmark trade deal in 2018.
A senior government official told the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday that Sweden has asked Finland to open its markets to Swedish foodstuffs, after the country agreed to help Sweden develop its food-processing industry.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said the request is part of a broader plan to help develop the Swedish economy.
The two countries signed the agreement in July, with Finland supplying the bulk of the raw materials used in Sweden’s food production and importing foodstamp products such as butter, eggs, meat, milk and dairy products.
Under the pact, which came into force in 2019, Sweden will produce around 50 per cent of the total food consumed in Finland.
It also aims to export foodstamps to Finland and will supply a number of other products, including milk, dairy and sugar.
Finland’s ambassador to Sweden, Lars Olesen, said Wednesday the country would consider Sweden’s offer and consider it.
“We are looking at everything and we have been discussing all this with our Swedish counterparts,” Oleseen said.
“The idea of the trade agreement is to develop and expand the cooperation between the two European countries.
It’s a very important deal.”
The deal came just weeks after Sweden’s ambassador in Helsinki, Anders Borgström, announced that Finland was “ready” to open a second free-trade zone in the country.
The move came as Sweden prepares to introduce new rules for the import and export of raw materials, which have become a key battleground between the countries.