Sweden announces payout to save Coast Guard

A blue Swedish Cost Guard boat docked in Stockholm. (iStock)
A blue Swedish Cost Guard boat docked in Stockholm. (iStock)
The government announced plans to earmark SEK 143 million for the Swedish Coast Guard which had given notice of major layoffs at the start of the summer.

Minister for Defence Karin Enström told Swedish Radio’s local channel in Västernorrland that the layoffs may be cancelled.

“For a while the Coast Guard has described the financial challenges they have. We have found a solution now, and that feels positive,” said Enström to Swedish Radio.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Coast guard in Iqaluit, Nunavut to monitor entire Canadian Arctic, CBC News

Finland: Hovercraft rescue from ice in North Finland, Yle News

Sweden: Swedish Coast Guard seeks answers on injured birds, Radio Sweden

United States: Papp draws on long U.S. Coast Guard experience to guide Arctic policies, Alaska Dispatch

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