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Sweden OK's Controversial Pipeline

Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren says the Swedish government has approved the passage of the controversial Nord Stream natural gas pipeline through the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

Even the Finnish government gave its approval on Thursday.

The pipeline will deliver 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, and is scheduled to be in operation in 2011. The project has been criticised on environmental and security grounds, as well as by Poland and the  Baltic states, who claim that the project's sole aim is to  circumvent them. 

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