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Sweden's food would only last a week in an emergency

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Sweden's food reserves are so low they would only last a week in the case of a national emergency, experts have warned.

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The most recent episode of public broadcaster SVT's Agenda show looked into Sweden's preparedness for crisis situations, and in particular how food supplies would cope in the case of war or power failure.

And according to volunteer organization the Civil Defence Association (Civilförsvarsförbundet), which assists Swedish authorities in crisis situations, Sweden's import-heavy supermarkets would struggle to cope for more than a week.

"Sweden has no food contingency. The level of self-sufficiency is low. Around 50 percent of what we consume is bought in from the EU, or imported from other countries outside the EU," Civilförsvarsförbundet chairperson Sven Lindgren told The Local.

"Sweden and Norway are the worst in Europe when it comes to agricultural production. But Norway, unlike Sweden, has extensive fish resources," he added.

It's estimated that neighbouring Finland by comparison is self-sufficient enough to survive for six months on its food stockpiles.

Sweden got rid of its own contingency stockpiles at the end of 1990s when the tension from the Cold War eased, but with renewed uncertainty in the world, the Civilförsvarsförbundet has warned that emergency stocks should be brought back.

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