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Ambassador visit strengthens Swedish links.

TRADE between the North East and Sweden is on the increase according to figures released by Swedish diplomats on a visit to the region.

Deputy ambassador Ulrika Funered was speaking in Prudhoe at a visit to one of the largest Swedish companies in the North East - SCA Prudhoe Mill.

The event was also attended by companies looking to start exporting to Scandinavia, and Swedish companies operating in the region including Handeslbanken, Trivselhuis and Mill Volvo. Sweden's honorary consul in Newcastle, Caroline Theobald, organised the lunch and factory tour as part of a two-day visit to the region by diplomats from the London Embassy.

Theobald said: "The links between this region and Sweden are strengthening year on year, and having this senior team of diplomats come up to see what is happening outside of London and the South East was a great opportunity for local business and cultural organisations to show what they are capable of."

Deputy ambassador Ulrika Funered added: "The relationship between Sweden and the UK is excellent and we both benefit from the strong connections that exist between our countries.

"When we look at Northern England, we see around 5,000 people employed by Sweden-connected companies with a base here."

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From left, Swedish consul Caroline > Theobald, SCA Mill manager Richard Sutcliffe and deputy Swedish ambassador Ulrika Funered
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUSW
Date:Mar 6, 2014
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