HELSINKI, 8 dec. (Xinhua) – Gaining more understanding in the European Union (EU) for Nordic environmental forest policy was a top item on the agenda during the new Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s visit to Finland on Wednesday.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said at a joint press conference that the two countries will continue to work together to increase understanding of sustainable forest management in northern Europe.
Andersson said that both Finland and Sweden strive to lead the green transition not only to reduce emissions but also to strengthen competitiveness and create new jobs.
The two countries have the largest forest areas in the EU, and the forest industry is an important economic asset for them.
Marin and Andersson also discussed their countries’ common goals in security and defense policy.
In response to questions, the prime ministers said they had no plans to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The prime ministers of Finland and Sweden traditionally meet shortly after taking office. This was Andersson’s first visit abroad since her election.
Andersson also met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.