The Northern European leaders at 10 Downing Street, Photo: Alastair Grant/Scanpix

Northern European leaders meet in London

Prime ministers from nine northern European countries held an unusual brainstorming session in London Thursday on how to boost the region's growth by fostering high-tech innovation and the "green" economy.

British Prime Minister David Cameron invited counterparts from Nordic and Baltic states to swap ideas with entrepreneurs and experts on ways to boost trade, growth and jobs in a region badly jolted by the financial crisis.

They discussed ideas ranging from a "supergrid" to bring power from new offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Europe's cities, greater use of the Internet to provide public services, and equality for women in the workplace.

Many of the nations taking part – Britain, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Baltic nations Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – were hard hit by the banking crisis and subsequent recession.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told the Reuters news agency the meeting had been very rewarding. Other countries, he said, expressed interest in Sweden's experience of structural reforms, deficit reduction and reshaping welfare.

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