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Reinfeldt Says U.K. in EU Is of ‘Vital Interest’ to Sweden

January 23, 2013

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said the U.K. staying in the European Union is of “vital interest” to Sweden.

Prime Minister David Cameron today pledged a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, allowing U.K. voters to decide on breaking up the 27-nation bloc.

Cameron “took an initiative to make possible for the United Kingdom to stay inside the European Union,” Reinfeldt said in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

“I think he also was very clear that he was pushing his political weight on a future campaign that the U.K. should stay inside the European Union, which is of vital interest to Sweden, because we view the U.K. as a like-minded country in many of the important issues we are discussing concerning job creation and competitiveness and free trade agreements,” he said.

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