Swedish carmakers say they've been in Russia longer than any other foreign auto companies — and with the Russian market for cars and trucks experiencing fast growth once more, they want to extend their stay.
Clean tech, history and a new ferry are figuring into trade development between Sweden and Russia, the Swedish minister for trade said in an interview. Ewa Bjorling spoke with The Moscow Times following a recent visit by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.
The flow of Russian tourists to Sweden is rising, tourism operators and analysts said, and a new ferry service is promising to open more doors. But there are some snags as Sweden tries to win over Russian visitors.
Official visits to Sweden by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov in spring 2011 are just one sign that relations between the Scandinavian powerhouse and Russia are picking up steam. The Moscow Times went to Sweden and reported firsthand on cars, tourists and trade.