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Sweden and Finland Test the Waters,May Join Efforts of Norway, Russia

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by Ulf Sandmark


STOCKHOLM—Sweden and Finland, although lagging far behind Norway and Russia, are beginning to discover the benefits of their geographical proximity to the Arctic. Development of the Arctic and the expansion of transport routes through Russia to the great industrial regions of Japan, South Korea, and northern China will move the Nordic countries away from the fringes, and closer to the main road of transport and infrastructure development.

To take one example, Finnair, the national aviation company of Finland, is taking over much of the business travel from Western Europe to China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, just by systematically exploiting Finland’s Great Circle route that passes over Scandinavia. Many travelers are discovering that the fastest route between Europe and China is via the hub of...

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