Sweden’s rural development programme gets cash injection

Sweden's industry minister and Centre Party leader Annie Lööf. (Nils Eklund/Sveriges Radio)
Sweden’s industry minister and Centre Party leader Annie Lööf. (Nils Eklund/Sveriges Radio)
The Swedish government wants to spend several billion krona on preventing rural businesses from closing, Industry Minister Annie Lööf announced Thursday.

A total of SEK 2.8 billion has been earmarked in the Spring budget to be added to the rural development programme, which is due to run between 2014 and 2020.

The total budget for the programme is SEK 36.1 billion.

The latest injection of cash will be spent on rolling out broadband internet access and helping local shops and petrol stations stay open, Lööf said Thursday. The cash will compensate for the drop in EU subsidies.

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