'Important for Sweden that UK stays in EU'
Writing in an newspaper opinion piece, finance minister Magdalena Andersson said the Swedish government is working for a settlement between the EU and UK that would forestall a Brexit.
In daily Dagens Nyheter, Andersson said it is extremely important for Sweden that the United Kingdom stays in the European Union. The proposed agreement ahead of a meeting of EU leaders this week is a good start to the negotiations, she wrote.
Considering a number of challenges, she said, including high unemployment in Spain and Greece as well as the prospect of European coordination on managing refugees, it is vital that the EU hold together.
With the second largest economy after Germany, as an important export partner, as home to many expatriate Swedes, and with European political interests common with Sweden, "Britain is simply one of Sweden's closest allies in the EU," wrote Andersson.