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Sweden offers Ireland €1.1 billion



Denmark offers bilateral loan to Ireland

Sweden could lend Ireland, which is negotiating a debt rescue deal, up to 10 billion kronor (1.1 billion euros), Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Monday.

A Swedish loan to Ireland would be given in addition to funds the country gets from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union.

"We are offering a loan similar to those given to Iceland and Latvia," Borg told Swedish public radio," adding that loans to those countries during the global financial crisis amounted to between five and 10 billion kronor.

Borg said "no final decision has been taken on the amount of the loan but the contribution could be at the same level as the loans to Iceland and Latvia."

He added the loan to Ireland would carry an interest rate of about three percent.

"Sweden is a small country dependent on exports, so stability is crucial to us," Borg said.

Sweden, a member of the EU but not of the single currency eurozone, said late Sunday it would consider a loan to Ireland but did not specify the amount.

The Scandinavian country's public finances are among the healthiest in the European Union and the government is forecasting growth of almost five percent this year.

A Swedish loan to Ireland would need to be approved by parliament, Borg said.

Britain said Monday it was considering a loan to Ireland of about seven billion pounds (8 million euros, 11.2 billion dollars) as part of an international rescue.

It will also lend to Ireland via the EU/IMF bailout.

The EU and IMF accepted on Sunday Ireland's request for a bailout estimated at up to 90 billion euros (123 billion dollars) to stabilise the country's debt-stricken banking system and restore its strained public finances.

Last Updated (Sunday, 28 November 2010 19:53)

 

Comments 

 
#2 2010-11-22 14:59
(continued)
Swedish Government said that, on funding priority, relations between the countries don't warrant keeping an embassy,
despite the extensive commercial and other relations between the countries.
When is Swedish Wire going to report THAT??
Politicians always talk a lot of hypocritical [censored],
but I thought Swedish politicians would be more honest than ours..
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#1 2010-11-22 14:58
Hypocritical Swedish Government!
Yes, your prime minister Reinfeldt said in our media that he feels so close to Ireland,
so Swedish Government are offering a loan.
Indeed, he feels so "close" to Ireland, that he has just recalled his ambassador here,
(continued)
and closed the embassy, unlike other Scandinavian and European countries!
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