"By increasing access to water we can change the lives and health of poor women, men and children for the better," Sweden's minister Gunilla Carlsson said during a global water summit in Stockholm.
A cargo ship hijacked off Sweden last month, whose mysterious disappearance sparked a massive hunt, has been found.
Sweden, the European Union's presidency, on Monday condemned a deadly bomb attack in Russia's restive southern republic of Ingushetia, calling it "a brutal act" of terrorism.
Iceland has recapitalised two of its three main banks which it had to bail out when the global financial crisis devastated its economy.
Iceland's parliament will give its backing next week to a controversial deal to pay back billions of euros lost by British and Dutch investors.
Norway's sovereign wealth fund grew 14.9 percent last quarter and achieved it's best-ever quarterly performance.
Finnish inflation dropped for the second consecutive month in July as prices fell by 0.6 percent.
The central bank of Denmark, an EU member but not part of the eurozone, will cut its key interest rate by 0.10 point to 1.45 percent.
OMX Stockholm reached a new high on Thursday as eurozone economies unexpectedly emerged from recession.