Reinfeldt Welcomes Foreign Buyers of State Companies

In an interview published in Britain’s “Financial Times” Wednesday, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says his government will welcome foreign investors in the upcoming sale of state-owned corporations.

Reinfeldt, whose center-right coalition won the September elections, says however that bids would be weighed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that no Swedish jobs are lost unnecessarily.

According to the “Financial Times”, the Swedish state owns stakes in 57 companies with a total employment of 200,000

Among those mentioned as possible sell-off objects are Nordea, the Nordic region’s biggest banking group, telecoms operator TeliaSonera, and the Scandinavian Airlines System.