• Sweden edition
 
Putin in Sweden: visa rules to be eased

Putin in Sweden: visa rules to be eased

Published: 27 Apr 2011 11:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Apr 2011 14:22 GMT+02:00

At a meeting in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that visa regulations would be eased while emphasising economic cooperation between the countries.

Putin arrived in Stockholm on Tuesday evening and following an early audience with King Carl XVI Gustaf, he met with Reinfeldt and Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt on Wednesday morning.

According to a Russian government statement prior to the visit, the Russian PM was in Stockholm to discuss cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic and within high-tech.

Both leaders emphasised the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries in a press conference after the meeting.

"We have significant possibilities for cooperation within forestry," Putin said, adding that he expects both Scania and Volvo to expand its operations in Russia.

Putin went on to speak about an expanded cooperation within energy technology and to announced that visas for Swedes visiting Russia would be eased.

"We have reached a decision that our partners shall be able to visit Russia visa free," he said.

The visa waver will apply to travellers on ferry routes to St.Petersburg on visits of up to 72 hours. The regulations will however not be apply to Russian citizens looking to visit Sweden.

Fredrik Reinfeldt pointed out that Sweden has no possibility to agree visa waivers with countries outside of the Schengen area.

Putin and Reinfeldt are reported to have discussed topics including the cooperation around the Arctic and Barents Sea and plans by Russian leaders to modernize Russian society.

It has also been reported in the Swedish media that the issue of human rights abuses and restrictions on freedom of speech and the press will also be topics for discussion.

Putin has brought with him a industrial delegation, headed by oil-and-mineral billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.

Vekselberg manages the building and investment project Skolkovo on the outskirts of Moscow where Russia is creating its own ‘Silicon Valley’.

The Russian government has earmarked around $6.5 billion to finance the project.

While Putin is in Sweden, Swedish electronics giant Ericsson is expected to sign a deal on a new research centre outside Moscow, with Fredrik Reinfeldt present at the signing of the contracts.

The visit is Vladimir Putin’s first since 2001 when he visited Sweden in 2001 as Russian president and is a response to Fredrik Reinfeldt's visit to Moscow last spring.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

13:01 April 27, 2011 by Zeffanyx
Oh, yea, Swedes love Russia!
14:37 April 27, 2011 by Syftfel
Economic cooperation yes, but whatever you do Reinfeldt, do NOT ease the visa requirements on the soviets(yes. all of them) wanting to temporarily visit Sweden. Russian organized crime, and marxist infiltration, is bad enough as it is, even WITH visa requirements. If anything we should tighten the border inspections.
14:45 April 27, 2011 by Rick Methven
@syftfel

Soviets Marxists you still living in the cold war ere?

Putin is oe of the biggest Capitalist going
15:13 April 27, 2011 by jimmy1988
Russia is part of BRIC= Brasil, Russia, India, China these four countries have biggest economic growth in this planet.

The Swedish Vikings colonize Russia, so we could say that we are seeing our fellow brothers.
15:20 April 27, 2011 by Stickeroo
If you want to have a good laugh, go to the Russian embassy website and check out their visa application form for (get this) Canada, USA, UK, and Georgia?? Good to see they group us Canadians in with their mortal Georgian enemies. "Please state all countries visited in the last TEN years", "Do you have any training in Nuclear technology, explosives, firearms, etc."

They need to give their heads a shake, it's not 1976, we're not trying to go over there to steal their secrets anymore. And whoopteedoo, a 72 hour visa waiver to go on a ferry to St.Petersburg? That's gonna have some MAJOR economic impact! Not!
15:26 April 27, 2011 by Zeffanyx
I wish they coul colonize it again :)
15:56 April 27, 2011 by Syftfel
@methven: I'm not living in the cold war. But Putin - a man that I in many ways admire - seems to try to do just that.
16:18 April 27, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Just play old Puty some Abba tunes, he loves them.
23:38 April 27, 2011 by 15U
I think Sweden and Russia has a lot of common, and the cooperation should be expanded.
01:53 April 28, 2011 by pupunussi
@Stickeroo: Have you ever tried getting a visa to your own country? I bet not. I went to Canada as a Russian citizen. I did have to apply for a visa before hand. I did have to answer a shitload of ridiculous questions like that in the application form and even more on the border while entering the country. I think it's only fair you have to go through a procedure like that as well.
13:20 April 29, 2011 by jamesblish
The russians are not our brothers, in fact if you look at the history we are arch enemies. And these two gentlemen most likely had a ton of things to say to each other but they couldn't, or didn't want to. Personally, I would like my country to be on peaceful terms with Russia, but not get too involved. They are historically unreliable.
19:21 April 29, 2011 by Strongbow
Visas are just invented to humiliate travelers and provide government personnel with bribes. It isn't likely that a swede would illegally emigrate to Russia on a tourist trip.
23:17 April 30, 2011 by Incognito007
Putin should be tried by international court for acts of terror in 1999 when residential buildings were bombed in Russia by FSB (former KGB) and on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Chechnya, where russsian barbarian army slaughtered over quarter of civilian population and still terrorizing people systematically committing crimes against humanity by abductions, tortures and extrajudicial executions anyone they suspect of having relations to local freedom fighters.

Putin shouldn't be welcomed by civilized countries respecting basic human rights. Russian is the deadliest threat to security of civilized European countries: Economical - it controls gas supply to Europe and military - the government is taken by group of criminals passing presidency to each other so no one can be brought to justice.

Russia invaded Georgia and shed blood of civilians to block any efforts of supply of cheap gas from Turkmenistan to Europe as income from gas and oil make up more than 80% of their budget.

Russia is the world leader for murders of human rights activists, free reporters and lawyers exposing its acts of genocide and crimes against humanity in Chechnya...
Today's headlines
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
House keys: Shutterstock.

On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends

Finding somewhere to live when you move to Sweden is a challenge. With changes afoot The Local caught up with an expert from letting agency Residensportalen to find out in what direction the market is going, and how Google Glasses may just help you find your dream home. READ () »

The Local List
Ten most disgusting Swedish foods
Salty liquorice, anyone? Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Ten most disgusting Swedish foods

Swedish food is, of course, a matter of taste. But it's mostly disgusting. Our loyal followers on Twitter and Facebook shared what they thought were the worst of them all. READ () »

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'
Defence Minister Karin Enström. File photo: TT

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. READ () »

Swede of the Week
Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'
Swedes vote in the 2010 elections. File photo: Dan Hansson/TT

Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'

Gösta Arvedson, 89, is the oldest Riksdag candidate in Sweden, but our Swede of the Week explains that the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) had to make some unusual promises for him to put his name forward. READ () »

Elections 2014
Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote
The Green Party is one of only two parties devoting their websites to the EU elections. Here campaign manager Emma Rung presents the party's posters. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote

The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

Eurovision 2014
Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 23
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Advertisement:
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

718
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com